I HAVE NOTICED THAT SOME PEOPLE TELL ME WHEN THEY ARE UPSET, THE FOCUS OF THEIR WRITING IS THROWN OFF BY THEIR EMOTIONS.
PERSONALLY I DON'T HAVE THIS PROBLEM, IF GET UPSET AT MY FIANCE...I TEN TO JUST TUNE HIM OUT AND WRITE WHICH MAJORITY OF THE TIME IS A GREAT RELAXATION TECHNIQUE.
It seems that mainstream society is telling writers that they have to be lonely or not expressing love on a regular basis in order to become an intelligent writer what do you all think about this?
Strong emotion concerning a subject shows up in the words utilized and the sentence construction.
Topics not cared about shows up with tepid writing.
It all depends on what the purpose of the writing is as to what's effective.
Being a writer is to write from all experiences and emotions. I find my most creative works, prose or characters are more interesting and relevant when I write from a variety of emotional perspectives. Love and expressing love is one of the most important aspects of my writing and having the reader experience it, too. That is true intelligence and that is what makes a great writer.
Being in love is always a plus! I knowsome people write from pain but there is plenty of that in love too. no?
I try to channel whatever emotion into my writing and see what comes out the other end. It tends to be a bit negative. I find having music on in the background helps thoughts and emotions flow better as well.
Have You ALSO Noticed How many of us Also get upset when someone thinks it's OK In the Forums to YELL AT US IN CAPS?
Please...... Do yourself the favor
sometimes negative because you don't have time writing, you daydream and your mind to tend to imagine whats next to come...
You are inspired to write more because you want to earn more for dates
you are happy and it will show in your writings
That is the best time to write poetry, I feel . Your emotions and words gush out , breaking the dams of silence and then once again it gently flows when the force dies out.
I find that anything that effects my emotions , love, anger , sadness.....but I have to be calmly contemplative , being in the limbo of love , yes. Been there .
I think any emotion can be a catalyst or deterrent for intelligent writing. It's up to the writer to decide to use the energy or block it. either way can be effective I think.
I think that is BS! What makes us all writers is because we can write about anything, with emotions or without emotions..regardless if we are in love or not. Of course that doesn't mean we are all excellent writers But it does mean that writing comes from the heart. And if you are that in tune with your writing and yourself, a relationship isn't going to bias your material.
I write according to my mood that day. Sometimes it's serious, sometimes it's unbelievably silly, and it is always based on the mood I am in when I wake up. I believe that whatever I write maintains a certain level of intelligence behind it. The ability to write comprehensively in and of itself is a sign of intellect.
Emotion in writing allows you to translate that feeling to the reader. Books, articles, scripts, and anything else that can be read would all be monotonous to read if the people behind them did not feel the emotion needed to my us cry, laugh, get, angry, or be repulsed.
Age old advice is to write what you know, the secret behind that is to write what you feel.
Feelings, thoughts and everything else is a beneficial to a writer. It all builds some sort of inspiration.
When a writer writes whatever emotion they're feeling at the time is going to show through their writing, whether or not they're aware of it. I would expect a stressful moment of time would be what is required to 'throw off' a writers writing, not merely being in love. Being in love is a 'happy' state of being, not a negative emotion to be seen in someones writing.
I understand one can pull from any emotion or experience relevant to their lives. Clearly, if I understand correctly< being in 'love' would not have any more or less effect on a writer comparable to any creative person, and more so, everyone else, I believe, anyways
I believe that ANY experiences can contribute to writing, whether they are being in love, feeling lonely, or going through a particularly difficult time.
the poetry i get the best comments for are the ones when i am angry about something. Even is the poem does not reflect my mood, it seems i write better angry than in love, or in a good humour.
I find I don't write well when I am distraught. After the fact, though, sometimes years later, when I have a calmer perspective...then, I can use that material in my writing.
When I am distraught, angry, or feeling very unloved, then my writings just become a self-pitying rant. It is my release but I wouldn't impose that much negativity on other people. First, I don't think they deserve it, since the wider audience of the internet was not who harmed me to begin with, and second, I really think we want to spread more positivity in our creative lives. It helps people, I think.
I enjoyed reading all these other comments so much. Everyone seems to express their poiont of view with excellence.
Being in love is good for everybody.... writers, nonwriters, men, women, animals, benches chairs.............
from personal experience.. being in love with someone boosts the amount of creative balance that enables me to write smoothly, yet, when i am upset or not feeling loved or cared about.. or i am annoyed at the world in general, i write my best because my mind hunts out the things that eases those feelings, but also picks up another twist that allows me to write of danger and hurt explicitly.
unfortunately my mind has a mind of it's own and will conjour anything in order to satisfy itself.. love and hate find their way into that creative mind where i just write what it decides.
in reply Rafini and also to my own thought back there..
when i am angry and hurt and feeling at my lowest.. i can write a soppy romance full of love.. but when i am happy and feeling fantastic, i am able to write about hate and violence and destruction..
i have no idea why this is. and it has always confused me.
(i am so glad i'm not a gemini, i'd be in big trouble)
Interesting, well, I'd say since everyone is different, you are able to channel the opposite of what you're feeling when you're writing.
For me, I'm discovering that when I write I need to get 'in the zone'. I can flip flop from characters and emotions or opposing views, but only when I can relax and let everything else disappear.
i guess there's times i get in the zone, words seem to just appear without my thinking.but i write in third person.. first person just doesn't happen for me, although, it has in one short story. i'll find out how well i wrote that later in the year tho as i entered it in a short story competition in the UK.
i was thinking about it earlier how i can write the opposite of my feelings.. i often concentrate on using both sides of my brain (being a horse educator i kind of need to be able to) and can create conversations in both amusing and sad text all in the same chapter. i have no idea how or where it ocmes from.. and yes, we are all different.. hehe you're safe, ya can't catch my weird brain
How do you concentrate on using both sides of your brain? (at the moment I can only remember one side is 'creative'....does that mean the other side is logic?)
lol I remember when I was young I thought the only people that could use both sides of their brain at the same time had to be ambidextrous.
But I'm with you, you're lucky you can't catch my brain cuz it isn't any fun.
i haven't always used this to my advantage and unfortunately for me i am ambidextrous, but it's easy for anyone to teach themselves to use both sides of the brain . logic and creative at the same time can be quite fun.
even animals especially horses are left or right handed and to get the right balance when breaking (educating) them to saddle means they learn to use both sides of their body equally too and not favour one or the other..
it took many years tor me to learn that i was beign one sided with a lot of things, now, i find it natural and most times, my writing has both the creative and logical mixed together.. also helps being a logical thinkier and being able to see both sides of any situation the joys of being a libra... haha
i often concentrate on using both sides of my brain (being a horse educator i kind of need to be able to)
Cue bad visual of sugz at a blackboard in front of 30 stalls....
i think if they could be taught by a blackboard.. our schools will go to the dogs...?
ty for the visual.. i'm scared now haha
As most writing explores the faults in society - and the nooks and crannies of weird stuff in peoples heads, any emotion is useful and love is no different - except that it is the most 'done' subject in the world. A love poem is a bit like finding a really good keyword and then finding it has the BIGGEST SEOC competition on the net
I have a tendency to feel more what my characters are experiencing, not the other way around.
It took me until I was forty to be able to write about my experiences as a young man in love at twenty, and even then doing so was painful. What came out was, in reality, an actual event couched in a work of fiction. When completed, there was a certain relief, a cathartic release. I don't know whether the book was any good, though the woman who perused it to edit it seemed to think it not too bad.
The point I make is I think that when one is too close to an event which has really hit home emotional-wise, we don't have the objectivity to look on it with the amount of dispassion necessary to see the many sides of the picture which would reveal to the reader the way it really happened. When we 'still in the event' as far as our conscious mind is concerned, we cannot really do it justice.
If depression resulting from a broken heart makes me write better then I'm all for LOVE
Mainstream society is full of people who don't know what they're talking about and yet who keep talking anyway.
If I'm upset I'm not in the mood to write. My head has to be clear, and I can't feel all frazzled or sad or whatever. Generally, I'm not "all upset" or frazzled all that often; so the fact that I sometimes don't write when I am doesn't mean I'm not a writer.
I've actually written more than a few letters to the divorce lawyer in fits of anger, complete with giant red fonts, bad words, and even hand-drawn pictures of things like mean faces ( ); and, trust me, they wouldn't have made a good Hub. In fact, I would have been banned by HubPages AND Google.
The way I incorporate/use emotion in my writing is only after I've processed the emotion, "turned it into thoughts" (rather than feelings), and labeled the emotions/feelings with words. Then I'll call upon my memory in order to "bring back" what I was feeling when I was in a less calm, less reasonable, state.
Why I feel like this works well for me is that I'm in my "logical", word-crafting, skill-based, writing mode; while I have access to the words and feelings that help otherwise "cold" writing be warmed up and seem more real. For me, this lets me be in my "best-writing" mode while also having those emotions and thoughts associated with them in my "word/feeling" mental-bank or files. Some of my better writing appears to include a lot of emotion, but in reality it's pretty "cold and calculated" (although genuine and not at all "calculated" in a less than authentic way).
People sometimes mistake the fact that I can be honest about emotions for my feeling emotional by writing; but the truth is I don't share any emotions in writing until they're no longer emotions and are, instead, memories of emotions and "nothing more than thoughts" for me.
Whatever emotions I'm feeling or haven't gotten over, they aren't showing up in my writing at all. They'll show up later, maybe.
By the way, I'm pretty much one of those people who feels like she's a writer by nature, not just by profession; and I've never been lonely in my life (well, maybe a couple of times after losses, I suppose). For the most part, I'm a happy-at-the-core person, although, like so many people who are generally happy underneath, these days there are some things that are keeping me from being "perfectly happy" and making me only "generally happy for the most part". I think if people read some of the things I write they'd never guess that I'm actually reasonably happy. Then again, if they read some stuff, they'd have no idea about some of the crap I've had in my life at one time or another. Most of that is "surface stuff", though. Underneath - neither lonely nor all that unhappy.
To me, all the things in life - good and bad - are things that can make for good writing if we know how to process them and turn them into something other than present and raw emotion. Grammar rules and raw emotion don't go all that well together. Neither does forgetting reader and only worrying about what we have to express. Whether I can always accomplish it or not, I usually aim to "give the reader a little ride" by moving from "straight facts" to a little whimsy to something sobering to "punching them" here or there. (Not in everything I write, of course, but in a lot of things.) I aim to let the reader feel (as much as possible) whatever I've felt that went into whatever I'm writing. If they can't feel what I've felt, I am to at least say something that will "ring a bell" for them. Once in awhile (more often these days) I'll just write because I feel like writing what I feel like saying. Usually, though, there's never a time when I'm not thinking of what the impact of my choice of words will be on the reader. That takes too much thought to be able to effectively do it if I'm not clear-headed and calm.
In answer to the OPs question, I think it depends on the writer and how how, if at all, he uses/processes emotions, and on whether he can separate his emotions from his "writing thinking" when necessary. Also, there's a difference between whether he writes about,say, auto transmissions or writes about dating or relationships. I think being in love would have little impact on writing about some things. Or, the same if the the writer is writing Science Fiction.
Well being in love serves as an inspiration to write but then I guess I have learned to control my "writing emotions". It's like I focus myself to this thought that "as a writer, I must not be a prisoner of my own emotion". But there are topics and stories and lines that just pop up from your head and I guess that's one of our gifts...
about the negative effect, this happened to me only once, I guess too much disappointment from someone that I used to love made me lost interest in all things that I love including writing, but then the writing itch never left me, just to pour out emotion i expressed myself thru blogs...
But I am happy now, and writing for me is a pleasure...
Certainly being in love can be a distraction, but only if you let it happen. Love's a very powerful force, but so is expression. You just have to set boundaries.
Love is just another key on the keyboard
another comma, period or backspace.
Love is just one more letter in
the pen that fails ...moving without a trace.
Love is to small a word to mean
so much when it matters most.
Love is just a reason...and who needs
a reason when love is lost.
I can write in love ...and I will
write without it too.
But mostly love is just love
And writing is what I do.
I'm an emotional writer. Sometimes I can write from pain and other times from pleasure. I enjoy the feelings associated with love that flows through my writings when I'm in a great situation, however I find that more people identify with pain.
People are looking for solutions to stop heartache and redeem love. When I write about those topics, I find that it flows much better.
When I'm in pain I can flow off of this too because my desire is to stop the pain, just like the reader. Since I'm looking for solutions, it makes researching the topic even more fulfilling.
As far as neutral topics (that have nothing to do with love), yes, I find it very hard to get focused.....like today for instance.
For Wordsworth, poetry comes from the well of deep emotion we feel, but it only becomes poetry when it is crafted in a moment of calm recollection.
...on the other hand... Sorry, sugz, but my mother was a Libra, and that was a constant saying around our house
I find there are times when events/info/feelings/experiences come in, and are enjoyed, or felt, or wept over, or whatever emotions they elicit, are felt, in their moments.
Then, this stuff gets stirred around and simmered, and stewed, and filtered, and whatever other processing happens in there takes place.
Then, when the writing occurs, the filtered/simmered/stewed/stirred around feelings/events/experiences come out.
Sounds like a recipe, kinda
2 eggs or 3??? hehe
i know what you mean tho, so much has been going on in my life lately but the funny thing is, none of it has ever ended up in my stories. i write about things (fiction of course) that i've never done, skiing trips, helicopters, astral projection of which i am now studying, much more that i had never read about, tried or even contemplated.. i told ya i have a weird brain! LOL
and it's amazing how our brains can process so much at once. it really is the most amazing thing ever created.. who would have thought these little computer's in our heads would one day be simulated through a hunk of metal and plastic we would all find fun, irritating, scary and yet occasionally.. so darn satisfying... haha
I guess it can be both. It all depends on how that person allows their positive or negative experience in love to be expressed through their choice of words and style of writing. No doubt that either way it affects a writers thoughts and inspirations, but as with anything how they choose to compose and share their writing is really what matters. Interesting thought.
The roller coaster ride of life , emotion, oppinion, of loves and lives , the secret is just one thing......
I don't know what it is ....but just one thing.......
I find that moods and emotions do affect my writing. Sometimes I am able to put my emotions into my writing for better or worse.
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