Note to self: Being in a horrible mood doesn’t help my writing process. At all. The other day I found myself in a mood I couldn’t get myself out of for quite a while. I thought about working on the book, but I just knew that if I did… my characters would suffer. It’s not the time for that just yet.
When I’m in a bad mood, my brain shuts down. It packs up its bags and tells me it’ll be back when the bad mood leaves. Luckily this time it didn’t last long, although I still wasn’t able to write yesterday. Today, I made minimal progrhttp://thestoryinme.wordpress.com/wp-admin/post-new.phpess.
I’ve become okay with that lately. Before, I felt like I had to make sure I hit a certain amount of words/pages. If I didn’t, I would go crazy. Now, I’m more easy-going about it and I refuse to rush the process. If a bad mood or writer’s block hits, I take a step back and clear my head.
The only mood that holds me back from writing is anger. There’s just no way I can write when I feel like that because my writing ends up sounding pessimistic and angry too. That’s not good for a scene that is meant to be uplifting and positive. So, I put the novel away and do something that puts that bad mood away.
What kind of mood keeps you from writing? What do you do to combat this? I’d love to know your answers.