Moods are a virtue?

Lord-give-me-patience 1.07.13

Some days, its true I have more patience than others. Today is not one of those days and when I’m being Little Miss down in the dumps, cranky pants it’s best for all concerned that I hibernate and keep my mouth firmly shut. If I’d believed in God, perhaps my prayer would be ‘Let my brain work quicker than my lips will quip’. Being a smart ass can get a lot of laughs, it can also result in a little too much acerbic honesty. There is a time for every season and on a day like today it is not the honesty is the best policy season.

So what is the point of my long winded ramblings  apart from to off load that I’ve got the arse on me today? Well it’s about using your mood to enhance your creativity rather than wallowing in your misery and wasting time that could be spent being productive.  Today for instance I am NOT in the mood to write so instead I decided to jot out a blog post, listen to some of my favourite melancholic tunes and after an early night and a good sleep I’ll hopefully be back to writing ‘Beyond the Mist’ tomorrow. Other days I’ve used my creative talents in the garden or kitchen, writing a dark short story or a poem or two, but one of the lessons I’ve learnt is to embrace each mood and use it to creative ends.

Which leaves me wondering, how do you shake off a funky mood? Do you have habits or rituals that you follow to use bad and sad moods to embrace your creativity?

About V C Willow

V C Willow has always loved to write and read for pleasure. During her teenage years she wrote a lot of poetry but graduated to writing Science Fiction, Fantasy, Epic Fiction, Urban Fantasy and Suspense as she reached her twenties. She is a geek and comic nerd. A very keen reader, an enthusiastic cook and gardener and loves to craft. She's even been known to get down and dirty and do some DIY. V.C live in Manchester, England with her ball of cat fluff, Willow. She is currently writing her début fantasy novel. You can follow her authors page on Facebook at: Connect with her on Linked in at: Follow her on Twitter: Follow her on Goodreads: )O(
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5 Responses to Moods are a virtue?

  1. coastalmom says:

    I’m with ya sista! 😉 Today especially!

  2. Nicole Frith says:

    Yes, it can be hard to move past the angst; the incredibly bad state you find yourself in but I try to remind myself that today is only one day and the next hopefully will bring productive creativity. This does sound a little condescending but it works for me and when on the odd occasion it doesn’t, I wallow in self-pity watching melancholic films and eating chocolate! As for my writing, well obviously on those days not much gets done but on the days when it all comes together, I am proud to say I achieve something worthy of my chosen career. Let us hope that this strategy keeps working!

  3. I could have written this blog myself. I too am known for my sarcasm and and sometimes inappropriate remarks when I am in a bad mood. I just never thought about doing what you do. Thanks for the new ideas. I usually either write about it or talk to my sister/best friend. Yesterday was one of those days. Quite often I also journal in my very private diary, that way I can say what ever I want without hurting anyone.

  4. Jim O'Brien says:

    Exercise, then take a warm and cold shower. I swim. It wakes up the creative process.

  5. G.R. (Gary) Miller says:

    MUSIC! Music is a mood changer. Sure we all have crappy days when we’d just as soon kick the dog as pet it (for example); when we’d just as soon ignore our writing rather than dive into it. With the weather outside today, I could easily tumble into that cranky abyss. Music, however, can be the safety net. Selecting the right music becomes the challenge. Choose something upbeat. When the toes start tapping, the brain starts clapping and the doldrums fade into yesterday. Try it.

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