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Writing when you're grumpy

I didn't expect to write much tonight but I've had a bit of an emotional upset this evening (nothing major, irrational really but I'm upset nonetheless!) and although I'm going to bed now, I wonder if anyone has any tips for writing when you feel annoyed, or grumpy or just generally *meh*. I guess it's a bit early to be asking for tips for writing when you don't feel like it but it's never too soon to start!



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Nov. 3rd, 2009 12:05 am (UTC)
Perhaps you could use your mood to dive into your character when they're in a bad mood? Even if it's not a scene you're planning to use, it could really help you flesh out the character to just 'live in their head' a little.
Nov. 3rd, 2009 01:21 pm (UTC)
I think I'll do that. I've got a scene in mind so that will be useful, I'll use the emotion!
Nov. 3rd, 2009 07:14 am (UTC)
Can you write a scene from somewhere later in your story where a character has to tackle some new challenge, or take on a difficult situation? That way, you don't need to worry about interrupting the flow of what you've been writing if your mood isn't conducive to it, you get your word count, and it might even be a bit cathartic.

(I'm writing part of my story in the diaries/blog posts of my characters, which gives me a great excuse to work on scenes in a non-chronological order if I want to.)

I hope the upset passes, and you feel better tomorrow.
Nov. 3rd, 2009 01:22 pm (UTC)
Thank you, definitely a bit more cheerful today particularly after all the lovely replies here!
I think I'll go home and write the scene where she gets a bit upset about something...and think about an angry scene too! That will definitely help.
Nov. 3rd, 2009 10:22 am (UTC)
No advice because I feel exactly the same. I had planned to get lots of writing done last night but had a major RL disaster and now I'm not sure what to do.
Nov. 3rd, 2009 01:23 pm (UTC)
I'm so sorry to hear that. Sometimes things happen where you do need to concentrate on other things though, maybe Nano will have to slip? But sometimes it can help to write as a distraction from what's going on too. Hope things improve for you soon.
Nov. 3rd, 2009 10:39 am (UTC)
Create a character to kill off?! I have no idea, but I know when I am feeling out-of-kilter emotionally my concentration is bung.

Like stephanielay, I am writing a lot out of sync, and I've got a rough list of plot points, so this morning I just jumped on the 'write the beginning of the train trip' point, and started there, because that's pretty basic and didn't demand much of the brain.
Nov. 3rd, 2009 01:24 pm (UTC)
No killing - this is chick lit! It's all kittens and flowers. Not much by way of releasing cathartic rage, but I have a scene I can write, so I'll get on with a bit of that now. Whoo, look at me on LJ at work. Bet there's a red siren going off right now and the men in flak jackets will be piling down the stairs to *get* me. Oh joy. ;)
thank you. :)
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