Be Happy, Be Calm & Carry On
Be more positive. Cynicism, negativity and writerly angst doesn’t help. That whole “I have to be unhappy to write” thing is a myth. No you don’t. Being negative hurts your writing – it doesn’t help it. You will be a more brilliant writer if you work on becoming a healthy person.
Heather Jessup, author of The Lightning Field
I ended 2011 in a relatively negative funk. At work, we’d been bombarded by terrible things happening to good people. At home, I was feeling like a trained monkey, expected to perform on command and not being able to work on my goals. My writing was stifled. I did have moments of joy, but it was muted. That frustrated me.
All my writing depends on me coming from a calm, happy place. The drama, adventure or emotional outbursts that I write depend on that place. It’s like playing tag, where a safe place always exists. I can tag the experience or emotion I need, then retreat to my peaceful, happy place to create.
My goal for 2012 is to maintain my creative space. Allowing myself to take inspiration from the drama that happens in life, without being mired in it.
Be Happy, Be Calm and Carry On.
- Guh, Grr, and Blah (12novels.com)
- Breathe Life Into Your Writing! Part II: Metaphors & Similes (sundancepress.wordpress.com)