After the initial sting wore off, what did you do?
What I usually do is find some chocolate to gnaw on and then plop down in front of my laptop to write.
Being human is tough- we’re constantly trying to process and control our own emotions while also attempting to understand and navigate our way through other people’s feelings.
For me, this is where literature becomes a lifeline.
Reading about interesting main characters who experience emotions similar to mine is such a relief!
It reassures me that I’m not some emotionally stunted weirdo who’s alone in the world, other people struggle just as much as I do! Sure, the person who I find myself relating to is actually a fictional character, but at least I know that their emotions were inspired by a real person, a writer who I probably have a few things in common with.
While reading restores my confidence in the fact that I’m human, writing is what relaxes and inspires me…it takes the sadness off of my shoulders, moving it to be borne by a character who is able to laugh at her plight, create realistic solutions, and work through the chaos of my life for me. My characters, besides opening my eyes to who I really am, kind of save my life.
So, even though most of my stories spring from sadness, with main characters who have been inspired by the way I felt during some low point, writing about their adventures takes me out of myself and brings me to a happier place.
Ah, writing is such great therapy!
I think Jackie Kennedy was right in that we shouldn’t let sadness drown our potential for happiness.
In fact, we can fight the dark side of melancholy by turning it around and using it to inspire some of our greatest work.
I’m curious-what about you?
Do you find that your work turns out better when you’re head-in-the-clouds happy or when you're listening-to-your–old-Sarah-McLaughlin-CD’s-over-and-over-again sad?
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