In The Mood – Writing and Motivation

Hello, kiddies.  Been a while since I last ranted blogged on anything.  Lonely yet without my sweet shrill voice prattling on and on?  Since my ego is just that BIG, I’m going to come to the conclusion that, yes, you missed me.  insert exaggerated eye rolling here

Today, kiddies, I’m going to go on and on about my latest brain child – moods and how they impact a writer.  Yes, yes; I’m aware that, in the past, I’ve gone over the topic of apathy in writers.  And, I promise, while I may touch on apathy a little in this blog, I will not beat the living shit out of a dead horse.

Apathy and here she goes again on an old topic is a serious problem for writers. 

ap·a·thy - Show Spelled [ap-uh-thee]



noun, plural -thies.


1. absence or suppression of passion, emotion, or excitement.
2. lack of interest in or concern for things that others find moving or exciting.

Clearly, any kind of “absense of passion” for writers who, if they aren’t passionate about their writing end up churning out rubbish like sparkling vampires, alphabetical crime solvers, or in-your-face-with-no-storyline-attached gay/lesbian erotica, make their stock and trade from passion would present a big fucking obstacle hindrance.  But tied so closely with apathy (sometimes also mistakenly referred to as “writer’s block”) is the writer’s own mood.

Poe reportedly couldn’t write unless he was blitzed out of his melon on opiates depressed; Hemmingway supposedly couldn’t write unless drunk as all hell and beating his current wife he was angry.  Many huge names in writing have given interviews about the particular state of mind they need to be in in order to put pen to paper.  King has stated many times that he could never write the things he does without his fear of, pretty much, everything.  Others have stated that when they are happy, their writing slows down; and yet for others, it’s when they are sad, or things are rough in their lives.

What is it about each writer’s personality that determines when their “mood” (because we’re not talking the great and powerful Muse here, people; just emotional presence or state of mind) has hit the Goldilock?  Throughout the years and years and years and years I’ve been writing, I’ve found that my “hot spot” seems to be when I have the most going on in my life – or I’m the most stressed due to hectic schedule, lack of sleep, or too much on my plate at once.  Now, mind you, I’m saying that is usually when the mood strikes; it does not necessarily mean that I take advantage of it.  Moron.  Friends of mine who also are masochists enjoy writing vary.  One friend seeks writing when her life is idyllic and calm; another seeks writing when he is at a low point or feeling blue (although sometimes also when he’s angry, I’ve noticed – ha).  I have a very deligent insane friend who writes no matter what her life is like.  Now that is dedication to one’s craft!

But I still wonder what it is about each of us that cause us to vary what prompts us to write?  Could it be upbringing, personality, genetics?  The question is one of those that is so vast to ponder like quantum mechanics or the male/female relations dynamic or why buttered bread/toast always lands face buttered-side down, you know the BIG questions in life, it may never really be understood.  But I encourage you kiddies to chime in what you think is the reason for people who, in all respects, are really quite similar because, let’s face it, an artist is an artist is an artist.  Whether it is music, visual art, literature, drama, or dance, all artistry is art and its practitioners cut from the same cloth – the cloth of inspiration and creativity.  The fantastic and hair-pulling thing about that cloth is how varied its hue and thread count seems to be.

Keep reading; keep dreaming. -b

B.C. Brown

P.S. Look for the soft release of my latest paranormal novel coming soon – A Touch of Madness