Moira here welcoming you to a fresh new #SensualSunday post. Today’s post is just as the title suggests, and while I definitely cannot, nor would I ever, speak for all authors around the world it’s true for me. Take it as a cautionary tale more than anything if you’d like.
Like Kacey mentioned in her post yesterday about her physical illness mucking up her writing, there are many other things that can affect what we put on the page beyond the obvious. Being aware of them will ensure that whatever you are working on turns out exactly how you hoped with minimal (fingers crossed) rewrites.
A prime example is your mood. If you are upset, sad, over the moon giddy, or whatever emotion it might be, this will have an impact on your work. The happier you are when you start writing the more upbeat your WIP will feel. Pissed off for some reason, again this will carry into your writing. Suffered a loss, yup – you got it, it will color how you are writing in the moment.
As an author you need to be especially aware of your mood, strong emotions in particular, when you sit to start work. While there are no quick, easy, or instant fixes to get you into the place needed to write whatever the scene may be, if you are at least fully conscious about your mood then you can also be aware of how it may be affecting your writing. On the other hand though it can be a great source of inspiration. For example, something at work gets you hot under the collar and puts you into a frame of mind where you start picturing varying, and more creative ways to off your annoying co-worker. Use that for the scene of a fight, or confrontation, or anywhere that conflict is needed. Do not go offing your co-worker! As much pleasure as it might bring in the moment, you need to keep in mind the long term consequences for your career.
Another thing I find that will change my writing style, TV/movies. I’m a writer who likes to have chatter/song going in the background to keep the sounds of the city at bay enough to keep me on track. But I have to be careful about what I have playing. Just the other day I didn’t notice that one movie had ended, and another started up. Usually no problem, except I went from a modern day film to a period drama. I first clued in when the way my male character responded to his female lead shifted from modern day vernacular to the more mildly stilted, flourishing manner of a different time. Frankly I don’t even think my character knew the meaning on the one word he suddenly spouted out. But my brain subconsciously took that turn of phrase from the movie, and supplied it to me to type in. Not the first time it’s happened, and it won’t be the last either.
It can also be a huge benefit. If I’m stuck on a scene, doesn’t matter what it could be, if I can find some music, or a TV program, or a movie that suits the mood I’m aiming for then I will find myself slipping into the proper mind set. Not saying it works all the time, but any little thing helps especially when I find myself with a big old blank where the words should be flowing wildly.
Biggest advice I can give to end today’s post, be aware of your surroundings when you settle in to work. You never know what might cause an impression on your mind to turn your bad-mouthed lead into a right proper gentleman/lady. Have a great day, and see you next week.
XO Moira Callahan