by Morgan Barnhart
Life has been hitting harder than ever lately. Sometimes it's almost impossible to get my head straight. I used to just sulk in my bed and watch Grey's Anatomy while eating an entire bag of Cheetos.
However, lately when I've been in such a mood, I turn to writing. I focus completely on a totally unrelated story, something to take me away from what I'm currently feeling and to help me clear my head. It works, too. After writing 2,000 words in a straight shot, I fell back into my chair and stared at the computer screen, feeling refreshed and ready to handle any problems that I was currently dealing with.
I find I write the best when I turn to writing while in a depressed state. All of my energy is now directed right into writing instead of down a Cheetos bag.
Try it the next time you're in an unusual mood, whether it be depression, anger, annoyed, etc., Find out if writing while under the influence of a strong emotion helps you write any better than usual. It may be difficult to get started, it may not be, but stick with it, direct that energy towards a greater good.