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.