How moods impact on your writing

I wrote on my blog the other day that a little alcohol can aid a writer by changing their mind set and level of inhibitions and so on. I have read back some of my alcohol induced writing (that is just a couple of glasses of wine, not a skin full) and found that I had used words and phrases that I would not normally have used. So, the “experiment” if you can call it that worked in that my creativity was heightened with the alcohol.

Moods can have a very big impact on the style and content of your writing. It is unlikely that if you are a bit down or depressed that you will wax lyrical with a scene of great tenderness, more likely you may well write more narrative that may be quite depressing or laboured too. But, it is a good idea to write when in different mood so that the plot, characters and situations change over time. And let’s face it, we all change our state several times an hour, or at a deeper level over a period of days and weeks, so why can’t your characters and situations be up and down as well.

The weather can also play an important part in moods, and if you are writing in the depths of winter, there is more of a chance that your writing may be of a downward type of mood or situation than when writing on a great summers day.

So, the basis of good writing is to make sure that there are sufficient changes, challenges or situations that are every day ones that your characters have to deal with, this creates depth and believability to your writing. And, just back on the weather for a last point, it is good to have changing weather in your writing, unless your setting is the middle of the desert, but even then, be careful, people can die of hyperthermia in a desert. Try and have sunny days, rainy days, windy days and so on, it will expand your writing horizons and make the writing more believable.

Check out my other TOP TIPS for writers in my latest book, The Handbook Of TOP TIPS To Manage Your Writing available on Kindle and Amazon as a paper back.



About purpleandrew

Andrew, recently diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome is a 54 year old former geologist always had short hair, suited & booted for work. That all changed when the credit crunch hit. Now a complimentary therapist, hospital radio presenter, and writer. Andrew writes crime thrillers, Young Adult, and fantasy books as well as blogging about writing and other stuff that he feels strongly about.
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