Tuesday, October 27, 2015

The Emotional Revolving Door of Writing (Creative Diary - Part 3)

To say my mood impacts my writing is an understatement of gargantuan proportion. Yes, I have figured out the entire plot and main components of the storyline and characters in my upcoming book "J159", but some things are apparently fluid. 

I'm in the middle of writing chapter 8. A lot has happened so far. Looking back, I can definitely see how my mood and surroundings have impacted the chapters already written. As my loyal test readers can already tell, I often have good food on my mind too. Each of them telling me that they are hungry after reading another chapter. Thankfully, they also seem hungry for the next chapter of my book. So who am I to question the fact that reading my book has sent them to the refrigerator in the middle of the night? Writing it has sent me to the refrigerator, so I'm in good company. 😀

I've also discovered that the impact on mood swings both ways. When my main character is particularly upset or facing struggles, writing about it tends to take its toll on my own demeanor. I can start an evening of writing in a lovely, happy, and content mood, yet end the writing stint feeling deflated and upset, even if the writing has been a complete success. My main character is definitely getting to me. 

I've even found myself watching a short sitcom before bed in hopes of lifting my mood and getting my mind off of my character's situation. I don't need those nightmares! 

As chapter 8 continues to chug along, my mind and emotions are definitely tethered to that locomotive. I hope you enjoy the ride too (when you finally get a chance to read it). 

Happy Reading folks!