10 Writer Benefits: The Creative Tantrum #writer #amwriting

Β At some point in your writing career you may find yourself so frustrated with your writing that you end up screaming at it, kicking a waste paper bin, slamming a door and then dissolving into a fit of tears.


I like to call this the ‘Creative Tantrum’.

This writer has had enough of her half finished first draft.

These writer meltdown moments offer a range of benefits:

  1. They help you to add some variety to your writer moods. Ideally you want to flit between the following moods in 10 minute intervals – depressed writer mood to mild enthusiasm for writing mood to insanely happy to Creative Tantrum writer mood. Life would be dull for you and those around you if you only exhibited one writing mood. Mix it up writers!
  2. Crying always makes you feel better. So weep away!
  3. Huffing and puffing gets air to your lungs and blood circulating.
  4. A Creative Tantrum is a chance to show those around you how passionate and neurotic you are about writing.
  5. Great ideas always follow a teary strop. A good Creative Tantrum clears your head.
  6. Characters have tantrums so use bits of your creative meltdown within your story. Look at the body language you are displaying mid strop – hand gestures (clenched fists), breathing (erratic), skin colour (flushed) and eyes (full of tears). Great story fodder!
  7. Creative Tantrums give you a good excuse to scoff food that makes you feel happy. Cheese works really well during the mid strop stage.
  8. Creative Tantrums give you a good excuse for a Writer’s Nap. Just nip upstairs for a lie down telling loved ones that you are feeling a bit emotionally fragile.
  9. These melt down moments are a great excuse to jump on social media. Tweeting about your creative outburst can be therapeutic and pinning random images about how you dislike writing can be very calming too.
  10. Creative Tantrums allow you to play the ‘I Quit Writing!’ card. Loved ones need regular practice of coaxing you back into your writing corner after a creative meltdown.

So c’mon writers let your emotions run wild!

A good creative tantrum a day keeps the doctor away πŸ™‚

Happy writing!



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Lucy Mitchell lives in South Wales with her husband, her two teenage daughters, a giant labrador and a gang of unruly cats. Lucy is the author of the award winning blog, BlondeWriteMore and was a Featured Romance Author on Wattpad. When she’s not working or writing, Lucy can be found listening to audiobooks in a muddy field with her dog or sat outside her local pub in the sunshine enjoying a glass of wine. Her debut novel Instructions Falling In Love Again is OUT now and already pulling in some fabulous reviews ❀️

28 thoughts on “10 Writer Benefits: The Creative Tantrum #writer #amwriting

  1. These are fun,I’m exhausted just reading them! For food to scoff chocolate biscuits are just the thing and as for ‘I’m not writing any more’ moments my dearest and nearest are quiet and just nod sagely and wait…sure enough the next day I’m back at my desk!

  2. You’re so lucky. I haven’t cried in some 30 years. I occasionally dream I am, and am overjoyed to do so, which kinda defeats the purpose, as I wake up grinning with joy.

    On the plus side, Electra loves a good cry, so she does enough for the both of us. Perhaps I can outsource my creative strops to her.

    It’s nice when things work out, isn’t it?

  3. I also think there’s a lot of benefit in just getting away from your desk. Writing tends to keep you indoors, I tend to crave tons of junkfood and coffee. They help me focus but keep me awake at night and there’s always the risk of getting too large to leave my flat before the book is finished. It’s why I refuse to have wifi at home. Forces me to get out no matter what.

  4. “Strop” is a new word for me. I think I love it. I will use “strop” three times before today is over and no one will know what I’m talking about. And I’ll love it.

    Thank you for enlightening me. I love new words.

      1. We call them drama queens. Lol
        I have never been too much like that. Having 3 sons and living in an all male household, there isn’t much use for female emotions. When I do have a moment, I sense they all just roll their eyes at me.

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