Creating By Channeling Your Negative Emotions
This article serves the purpose of helping people take their negative emotions and channel them into something useful and positive. Dealing with stress and anxiety can affect one’s mental health, so dealing with it in a healthy manner can reduce the intensity of these emotions over time. Consider using creative methods to deal with these emotions so that you can get on with your life and stop wasting time wallowing in these pessimistic feelings.
With all the expectations placed on us each and every day, it’s no wonder that the average level of stress experienced by people is increasing each year. There are different ways of coping with stress, such as exercise or doing yoga. However, have you ever considered channeling all of the stress and negative emotions associated with it towards something productive?
You would never think that you could get results out of using your negative emotions for something. Usually, people are trying to get rid of or ignore their negative emotions so that they can get on with their work. However, if you’re creative, you could produce something interesting out of what’s causing you to worry, such as writing. Some of the best writings come out of the most intense emotions ever experienced, and worry is one of them.
Here are some tips to keep in mind if you’re ever considering venting your troubles in this way.
- Keep a notebook nearby at all times. It helps to jot down anything that comes to mind when you’re stressed, sad, angry or just generally not in a good mood. These notes can be used to later on when you have more time to consider what you’re writing. You can even use these in your stories, poems, haikus, or whatever it is you’re interested in writing. Not only does it give you material to work with if you’re having a writer’s block, but it also helps you to vent instead of bottling up your emotions and making yourself feel worse.
- Don’t be afraid to just write, even if it’s unpolished. The point isn’t to create a masterpiece on your first go. Free writing is a great way of getting your ideas down on paper on a computer screen before they’ve disappeared. Worry about editing what you’ve written later, when you’ve had more time to consider your words and are in the right frame of mind to edit it. Getting the spelling and grammar right the first time should be the least of your worries, so try to write without stopping, despite how many glaring mistakes you’ve made. No one’s going to be reading your emotionally-charged private writings anyway, so there’s no need to get everything perfect on your first go.
- It never hurts to go back to what you’ve written at a later date, even if it’s months or years after you’ve written it. You might that there is lots of useful material for your stories, especially if you want to include it in a letter or dialogue that a character is having. Such raw emotions produce great writing, because you tend to hinder yourself less in how you express yourself. You’re less likely to censor yourself when you’re experiencing such emotions, so that writing will be more raw and unfiltered.
- Time yourself. If you really want to channel these emotions effectively and be done with them, set a timer and force yourself to only write during that time, without taking a break. This forces yourself to deal with what you’re feeling for that set time period. Then, once the timer goes off, you can set everything aside and start to relax. Harboring these feelings can be bad for your health, and it’s unlikely you can change whatever is causing you to feel this way. So write, write, write and then move on so that you can grow from the experience.
Channelling your negative emotions into something useful not only produces some material for you to work with, but it also helps you cope with these emotions in a positive and healthy way.
About the author:
Steve Davids is big on social media. He loves to make new friends, even if it’s on the Internet. Mr. Davids is known for his short essays and a highly conversational style of writing. Steve has written hundreds of articles for various online sources over the past few years.
16 thoughts on “Masterpiece from Hate. Use your negative emotions for writing. [Guest Post]”
Reblogged this on FREAKY HEAD.
Thanks for the reblog!
Nice article, but I would caution using negative emotions, particularly hate / anger, as a fuel for inspiration — it burns nicely but it burns very hot and can cause internal damage to the engine. Sometimes it’s good to get these things on paper and sort them out, literally being able to look at them outside your head, but you also don’t want to keep picking through them as you continue to work on that story. It’s very easy to slip into a feedback loop where you associate these feelings with practicing your craft — I know two artists who stopped doing their art because everytime they sat down, they dredged up a lot of slugde because that was their standard go-to mechanism for creativity, because they’d used art extensively as therapy, and they couldn’t find a way to disassociate with it.
You have emphasized on an excellent point here, thanks for sharing!
Emotions can make for great stories, especially negative emotions. But it’s a game you play with the Devil – there is a price. Next time you want to write you may find you need even more negative emotion to write anything. Be careful – all emotions dry up and you will find a point where you can no longer create because your hate has reached its pinnacle and can go no further. A balance between Hate, Love and Disinterest in your creations will keep them fresh.
Of course, the other thing to try and avoid is getting stuck in one subject…. Too many trains perhaps (in my case) 😉
Thanks for your added tips and warnings; we should definitely take that into account.
Many ways to channel your stress into something positive, indeed writing is one of the ways, another way is probably to exercise!
Yes indeed 🙂 One of the many ways…
When I was in my teen years I wrote many many songs and poems using the sadness, anger, fear and angst of that period of my life! Creativity was a great outlet for my emotions back then, and still is today 🙂
Thanks for sharing, great post!
I used to do that too!
Thanks for reading, and credit goes to the author of this great post, Steve 🙂
Great post as per usual Ms Nymph.
Credits goes to the guest blogger, Steve Davids 🙂 Thanks for reading!
interesting topic, indeed!
So true. Emotions are a powerful motivation.
You got it right 🙂