The Hidden Benefits of Writing Whilst Emotional #SundayBlogShare #Writers

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Once you try writing whilst emotional (weeping / sobbing / on the brink of crying / blinking away tears) you will discover a number of hidden benefits.

I stumbled upon this crazy badass writer technique whilst writing my debut novel. My first chapter makes me cry. No BWM readers – its not because my draft sounds so bad it makes me tearful nor is it because my first draft is jam packed with sob inducing typos – sigh!  There is one really sad part which I wrote a few weeks ago and every time I read what I have written I start to weep. God help my future readers – I just hope they know what they are letting themselves in for when they buy my book! Does anyone know whether fiction books contain emotional health warnings?

During one of my literary breakdowns, after reading my first chapter, I decided to carry on writing whilst emotional. It was a game changer!

There are a few hidden benefits of writing…whilst a little weepy:

  1. YOU DO NOT GET DISTURBED! Loved ones go out of their way to avoid you, once they see you snivelling into your draft. They take one look at you, raise their eyebrows, shake their head and flee the house. You get at least a couple of hours to yourself. It is almost worth investing in some sort of little squeezy bottle, which can give you false tears whenever you feel like a bit of quiet writing time.
  2. Deep stuff. You write some deep and meaningful stuff whilst emotional. I have also found that you rarely have to edit this deep stuff.
  3. You don’t hold back when you are emotional. This is great for your writing because you end up writing powerful and emotion-evoking scenes. Yes – you can tone down the heavy stuff at editing stage but I think being emotional just makes you put it all out there. Pour your heart out readers.
  4. Sharing your character’s emotional journey. I think sharing their emotional journey brings you closer to your characters and helps you get inside their head.
  5. ‘No tears in the writer, no tears in the reader’ (Robert Frost). Inject your emotion into your story and watch it reappear in the reader. I know this works because when I killed off one of my main characters in the second book of my Wattpad Vampire novella series, I bawled like a baby as I wrote it. My goodness I was a snotty and weeping mess for hours! My loved one made a sharp exit to the pub as soon as he heard me start to wail from the sofa. Once I published this literary gem I was inundated with messages from upset readers who in some cases, informed me that they couldn’t see the vote button as their eyes were streaming so much. Things got so bad I had to take the book down as there was an angry reader outpouring. Anyway, I think Robert Frost knew what he was talking about when he wrote this marvellous quote.
  6. Enhances your word choices. It is amazing how many different words spring to mind when you are a teary mess. Words you wouldn’t have previously considered using appear in your mind. It is like the emotional outpouring opens up a new literary side to you.
  7. You make some interesting noises. Sniffs, sobs, weeping and nose blowing sounds all make a refreshing change from grunts, groans and sighs.

Cry into those drafts readers!

Now, I am already thinking about weird and wacky writer’s Christmas gifts. If there are any tissue makers out there reading my blog – what about a box of Writer Tissues?  This would be a much needed gift for writers who, like me, enjoy getting emotional whilst writing.

Have a great day!

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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 ❤️

56 thoughts on “The Hidden Benefits of Writing Whilst Emotional #SundayBlogShare #Writers

  1. I love this! I wrote the final book in my YA trilogy when I was battling with the worst of my depression and anxiety. The story goes very dark as it mirrors the inner workings of my brain! When my editor read it she told me it was her favourite out of the three books! Fab post 🙂

  2. Writers tissues now you are cooking! Or is it a tissue of lies… sorry I couldn’t helpmyself. I have written after two glasses of Prosecco does that count? I am a terrible drinker so half way through the second glass alone at my desk ! I felt every word, my pajama top had two damp circles six inches in diamiter each. The key board was sticky from nasal fluid after a good half an hour I coulnd’t see and had used five man sized tissues and a pocket hany pack of anti bac wet wipes. My husband was so worried for my life ( elecctricution by keyboard ) that he removed my sniffling torso and locked the door. When morning came I gingerly (no slight on red heads meant) entered my office to read what it was I produced… Let’s just say ( no spoilers here) Prosecco sales wet wipes and man sized tissues sold out in the village store….
    Fab fun Lucy, on this crisp Sunny Sunday morning, sat in bed, drinking tea and reading your post. What more could a woman want? Happy Sunday! P.s. we need to patent those tissues quick smart.

  3. Great post! I agree wholeheartedly. Though I think it also requires a thorough reread once you are a little more emotionally stable just to make sure there’s nothing really off-the-wall in there. We do crazy things when we’re under the influence of strong feelings.

  4. Love your post.
    I find my writing flows when upset, or deeply disturbed by something. Writing away obsessive thoughts generally, for me clears a path to clarity on a situation. For years I’ve written with a snotty nose and then thrown away my scribbles. Chucked them on the fire and watched them burn, almost a ritualistic. Until I told a a writer friend,and moved to house with central heating, she was amazed I thew stuff on the fire, said it was brave. (Nothing brave about it, just didn’t want any bugger seeing my privates)…Now a days I store them for a harvest.

  5. I was a bawling mess when I wrote the final book in my “Kero’s World” series, and I don’t know a single reader who has managed to read it with dry eyes. In the two years since I wrote it, I’ve always maintained it was both the easiest and most difficult thing to write: easiest because I knew what I wanted to say so the words flowed freely, and hardest because I was literally sobbing from the moment I sat down to write. It was one time when being blind so needing to use a screen reader came in handy, since I wouldn’t have been able to see the screen through the tears anyhow.

  6. Well, you know I’ve done this already. Several times 😀 And that’s a great quote – so true. I can imagine the first chapter of your novel would be quite a tearjerker…

  7. Fun post but so true. Seriously, these are so very true. And I think Writer’s Tissues should be a thing. Perhaps with classics on them…like a hanky. Or would it be blasphemy to blow your nose on Jane Eyre?

  8. Your post is so right on. I have blubbered through my next book. I need to let my beta readers decide if they are touched the same way. Will be interesting. Thanks for writing this as now I don’t feel so crazy.:-)

  9. Hi Lucie,
    It’s been a while. I hope you’re well. I thought maybe this had to do with the U.S. elections; then I recalled you are in England, LOL!
    I may write about a topic like this soon.

  10. I came across that quote, (No tears in the author, no tears in the reader, R. Frost) a few days ago while putting together my latest post. It is so true! I find I write much better when I’m a little ‘in my feelings.’ The content is much more genuine, relatable and interesting versus when simply I’m writing out of necessity to continue my draft. This is a fantastic post! Thanks for the encouragement!

  11. This is so true! I’ve done this with blog entries when I was sad, or even angry. You do come out with words you wouldn’t normally use.

    I tried my hand at a little erotic fiction once. I thought it would be a decent compensation for my lack of sex life. I got so aroused that I had to leave it be. Maybe I should’ve kept going, but it got hard to concentrate.

  12. Okay so i’m like one year late but I totally agree. Writing when your feeling any emotion intensely, some how seems to make thoughts pur out into words almost effortlessly. And just like you stated, the choice of words are so much better and creative! A very thought out post 🙂

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