Saturday, July 20, 2013

Writer-ly Moods

I'm taking a quick break from writing on my current MS to talk about writing moods. I admit I'm a fairly sensitive person - really, sad scenes in books and movies make me cry. I once went any entire day not speaking after I read "Daughter of the Forest" by Juliet Marillier because the main character couldn't speak without breaking a spell and it really affected me, so I was quiet all day. Don't even get me started on how the last episode in series 2 of "Sherlock" affected me....

My current manuscript, which I'm tentatively calling "The Damned", is being a bit of a bugger to write. Yes, bugger because I've been watching too much British TV again. :) Anyway - my main character's name is Persephone, but she prefers everyone calls her Effie. I introduce her character in my other novel, "Defiance" and this book is the continuation of the story from her POV and more about her background and future. (We do see the other characters from Defiance, but this book is Effie's story, which nagged me until I started writing it.) Effie is a siren. She's deadly and stubborn. Her bitterness and hatred puts me in a weird mood when I write her and I have to step away or I start grumbling at everyone.

At the same time, if I'm reading something or writing something that is totally bad ass - I feel invincible and have a tendency to walk around with a soundtrack playing to make me more cool.

In the chapter I just finished writing after wrestling with it for two days, I introduced Effie's minor love interest and killed him. We don't feel a lot of sympathy for Effie because we don't know him for long, but I wanted it to have some emotional impact. *Cue sad music* But then she got super angry and deadly again. Yikes. Writing break!

It just makes me wonder if any other writer has the same problem. I personally think it makes the emotion of the character feel a bit more real when the writer puts it all on the page and feels it.

Do you fall into weird moods when writing your characters as angry or sad? Or are you someone who can push themselves back?

I'm off to go find some chocolate and funny "Ellen" videos to cheer me up before diving back into writing.


  1. I think it really helps if you can get into the right mood. Because if you can't, how will your reader?

  2. I do this, too! When I'm writing fight scenes, I feel totally badass, but when I've just written an emotionally wrenching scene, I'm a weepy mess for the rest of the day! All I hope is that it has the same effect on the reader! Your WIP sounds really cool, btw :)

  3. I wish I could do that. I'm always so afraid of what my characters' emotions bring out in me that I can't make myself get emotional, and if I start to, I repress the emotions as best I can. I don't really trust myself with others because I become impatient and say things when I'm angry that I regret later. Although I want to and I need to be emotional for the sake of the story. You are so lucky. :)

  4. That last episode of Sherlock killed me; I couldn't hold back the tears! When I write and my character is angry or shouting it's kinda my anger too - I write it as of I was the character. I don't know if that just me or...yeah, it's probably just me! Great post!x

  5. Great write-up! Writing is a talent, and it must not be wasted. As with everything that we had been entrusted, we should let it grow and share it with the world.>learner motivation