So it seems I write the blues. I’d sing it if I could (but I can’t sing!). Anyone else find an overriding emotion in their writing? I don’t mean for it to happen but like most writers, I write what I know. I’ll let you in to a secret…I don’t like happy endings! I’m always disappointed when someone doesn’t get one but secretly I revel in it because life isn’t full of happy endings. I’m not saying that everyone should die at the end or anything! In fact I want them to find happiness, but I don’t want it all wrapped up in a nice bow because life is more complicated than that. A book is usually a winner for me if it can make me cry and some of my favourite books have left me sobbing for days!
A big part of why I write is to express myself and my emotions inevitably seep into everything I write. People have often commented on how depressing my stories are…even my teachers. I write at my best when I’m sad, lonely, angry…well you get the point and negativity spreads through my writing like a virus and try as I might I can’t stop it. Its like in order to shake off these feelings I have to transfer them into something else…my characters. Sometimes I even play certain music that will bring me down so that I can write. Sounds a bit twisted right? Surely I shouldn’t have to tap into those emotions to write. It doesn’t seem right to me and yet the happier I feel the harder I find it to write or at least write anything worthwhile.
So I write the blues and the truth is that I enjoy it! It’s oddly therapeutic for me to write other people feeling the emotions that are plaguing me.
Anyone else enjoy a sad ending?