Can you write when you’re suddenly in a bad mood? While I can force myself to get a few words on the page, it’s way harder than it needs to be and I know I’ll have to rewrite everything. It’s tempting to quit and go to bed and eat cookies for the rest of the day.
Over time, I’ve come to realize that I’m the one responsible for all my emotions, good, bad, and indifferent. Sometimes I wish I didn’t know this and would rather blame you, someone else, or something else. But a truth is I can change whatever emotions I’m feeling right now into some other emotion if I’m willing.
In other words, it is possible to change your bad mode into if not a good mood, to something more up tone that will let you not only write but get on with the rest of your life in a positive way.
That includes moving from happy to sad as well as the other way around. Here are some of the things I’ve learned along the way.
Emotions are often a habit
How I feel is often habit. That is, I’m likely to have a certain reaction to almost any event that causes me to feel anger, boredom, love, joy, etc. For example, I’ve deliberately formed the habit of smiling at babies and letting that lighten whatever mood I’m experiencing. But many of my feelings are the result of unconscious habits.