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Channel Your Emotions Into Your Writing

by Jennifer on August 17, 2009

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courtesy of emrank

By Joe Williams

Many writers are under the assumption that they’re head has to be perfectly clear to get into “writing mode.” They make excuses, such as “I’m too angry from having a bad day to write” or “There’s no way I can write now, I’m stressed out.”

Something to remember, however, is that many of the greatest writers in the history of the world didn’t have a clear mind, as many were depressed or mentally unstable.

That’s why you need to learn how to channel your emotional energy—whatever it may be at the current moment—into your writing, instead of allowing it to hold you back.

For example, let’s say someone really got under your skin—a co-worker, a random person, whoever. Use that real-life emotion to create a character who becomes disgruntled by experiencing an annoyance of some kind.

If you attempt to use your emotional energy, you’ll notice right away that your writing is better.

Everyone understands emotions and how they affect people. They also understand that reading something with no emotion is boring and they most likely won’t finish it.

This is especially true for fiction. Feelings have to be believable, even if the story is made up. And what better way to allow readers to believe and truly feel what they’re reading than to apply a real, genuine emotion to your story?

It’s unfortunate, but we all get sad sometimes. It can also be hard to write in this condition, but encourage yourself to put some words on paper anyhow. Use your sorrow in your writing.

Maybe a tear-filled story will be the best thing you’ve ever written.

The same thing applies to joyous feelings. Happy endings are classic, but you can’t have one without truly describing genuine happiness.

Describing real emotions—whether happy, sad or horrifying—will help the reader experience the emotions as they read. When readers actually feel and experience the intense emotions on the page—that’s when you know you’ve done something amazing.

You should never let anything—especially your emotions—stop you from doing what you enjoy or what you were meant to do—write.

Whatever is thrown at you in life, it can be used to help you become a stronger writer.

Your own mind is what made you a writer in the first place, so it’s also the only thing that can keep you from writing—if you let it.

About the Author: Joe Williams is rock-n-roll singer/songwriter. He creates original writing daily, and believes it’s important for writers to find their own style.

{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Sandra S Richardson August 18, 2009 at 9:41 pm

Thank you for this, Joe. I’m really struggling with my moods right now and this was a timely reminder to make use of them instead of letting them put me out of commission.


2 Kimberly Davis September 16, 2009 at 10:06 am

This is one of the things I love about being a writer. With everything bad that happens to you–it’s all material! Love your blog.

3 Patrique Vosges September 23, 2009 at 11:33 am

Any tips/advice for channeling emotions into writing a paper, without coming off as personally attacking the teacher? Putting that point aside, I have noticed that whenever I write while channeling my emotions the writing suddenly comes to life. Instead of staying blocked because of an emotional state, I’ve found release. I think you’ve inspired me for a blogging topic. But first, I’ll stop procrastinating and finish my paper. Hope you don’t mind if I add you to my blogroll.


4 jblan September 23, 2009 at 11:36 am

What is your paper about? And yes, channeling your emotions does make your writing come alive! That’s because your writing from a place of honesty, as opposed to forcing the writing.

And thank you for adding me to your blogroll, I appreciate it!

5 Cecilia September 19, 2011 at 7:20 pm

Really liked it. Nice of you to share your wisdom

6 Breck February 6, 2013 at 12:36 am

After what I thought was going to be a permanent breakup with my girlfriiend, which naturally left me in tatters, I think the only thing that is holding our bond together now (if on a thread) was the fact that I took the advice from a counsellor (2 days beforehand actually) was to write my feelings and emotions on paper.

On/off in a space of 24 hrs, after hearing the bad news from her, I had ended up writing the largest letter in my whole life (15 pages) of my thoughts, feelings and emotions towards her.

The funny thing was I just wrote sections at a time and like a jigsaw puzzle, it was a matter of fitting it all together in one really amazing piece of work.

Even in today’s electronic age, nothing beats channeling the mind onto paper!!

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