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Do you have to be in a certain mood to write? When trying to endlessly find time to write I have also noticed I must be in the mood to write as well. I have found that often certain life obstacles can infiltrate into my writing mood causing a dampening on my writing, or worse making me lose my ability to write altogether. What are these obstacles?
It never fails, just as I sit down to write someone needs me. My husband can be a guilty party to this as well. Therefore family can often kill your mood to write(Especially if they are all under eighteen). Let me set a scene up for you. You’ve finished up the household chores kids are settled watching a video. You sit down to start to write then hear, “Mom I’m thirsty.” You, of course, get up to satiate your child’s thirst. Back to writing time. “Mom I have to go to the potty.” Okay, a minor set back you get up and do that then now it is back to writing things are going well. “Mom I can’t find my number 5!” Your eye now starts to twitch as you tell you sweet one to then go FIND it through gritted teeth. Then his brother comes in, “Mom..” You explode with, “WHAT!” To which he responded with his big doe blue eyes. ” I love you. I need hugs.” Your anger melts and writing is usually tossed out the window for the remainder of the day as you play with your adoring offspring.
Pain can be a major factor in your mood to write even the simplest headache can damper your mood and ability to write especially if it magnifies into a migraine. It’s worse if you suffer from chronic pain. No medication takes it completely away. The meds that claim to just mostly fog your mind leaving you often with days where you just hurt too much to write. Your brain is too busy trying to put out pain receptor fires in your body to even concentrate let alone do any writing. Pain does not put you in the mood to write.
A light to mild depression can sometimes be your muse or your fuel to write letting you create deep poetic, inspiring works. Depression can worsen though, killing your interest all together to write or worse not killing your passion, clouding your mind preventing you from being able to write and express anything altogether affecting your mood to write.
Overall our health can be a big factor in our mood to write. When you are feverish with the flu or worse you are not much in the mood to write are you? Thus, the right mood is needed to write. What do you think? Discuss. Share thoughts.
There is a writing golden rule out there that most writers are not aware of. It is the famous, “When one door closes another door shall open.” My writer friends cling to this rule when you get discouraged or despaired.
Remember in my last post “Sneak Submission”?
Sadly I believe I got rejected for that submission, but I had also sent it to Poetry Festival in which they welcomed it. I think the piece is suited better with them as well. It never fails when one door shuts another shall open.
View my feature: https://festivalforpoetry.com/2017/06/06/read-poetry-a-mothers-gritty-wisdom-by-janny-c/
As you all know I am a freelance writer and today I thought I’d give you a sneak peek into the life.
Today I just sent off a submission to Mamalode who is joining forces with Hyland’s for their #amotherknows campaign. If my piece is accepted my piece gets featured on their platform yay! I will keep you posted, but for a daring gesture here is your SPECIAL Sneak Peek! Shhhhh!
A Mother’s Gritty Wisdom
By Janny C
You meet your child for the first time, so much love abounds. You are so proud to be a mother now.
Next, there is:
2 am feedings
Colic is reeling
Tantrums and screaming
Patience at an ending…
Night time comes happily to say goodbye to the sun.
Tuck them in bed sweet and tight. You then pause watching them sleep.
At that moment love swells up inside you overwhelmingly. Lumping in your throat so you can’t speak.
It is then you remember why you became a Mother.
I write outside the box. I write with no guidelines. I write with no structure.
What I write with is feeling, freedom, passion, wisdom.
Writing should be daring. Writing should be brave!
Here’s a little provocative unique piece I wrote. Is it too strange for the modern age?
This has me puzzled of recent. I have had 3 or 4 wonderful opportunities to contribute and submit my work on some prominent paying blogs and magazines, even a spot in the latest Chicken Soup for the Soul books. Sounds good right?
WRONG! I could not write about me! This did not make sense to me. I should be the easiest topic to write on! In fact, I have no problem expressing feelings in words. I rather write than talk! Every time I tried though….it just did not…the magic just didn’t happen. Nothing flowed out right. It turned out to be a painful outpouring of babbling.
It makes me wonder has my life been THAT painful? So painful to try and look back on it makes you want to just abandon all cause curl in a little ball and die? My life was not that bad, and the pain that was there I wanted to write about and share hoping maybe I could help someone to feel not so alone like I once did. Only I am left to discover it is a pandora’s box that might destroy all of my humanity if it is open.
I thought my past was resolved. I thought I was free. I was clean. Only to discovered I only resolved half of myself.