Thursday, March 17, 2011

Feelings those Feelings of Feeling

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First, My heart goes out to those in Japan (my brother had the privilege of  living there for a few years). Please check out your local humanitarian resources if you want to donate to help the people there. And make sure it's reputable.
I've learned that being a writer, means you experience a vast field of feelings:

Depression (Why am I not getting anywhere?)

Jealousy (Seriously? Why am I not there?)

Happiness (...that your work has been noticed)

Love/Hate (for that perfect ms...which takes WAY too long to write)

Elation (YES! So and so got an agent! I know she's been trying so hard!) or (Yes! I found an agent!)

I have never experienced such a range of crazy emotions. Why didn't anyone warn me?

What are some of the crazy emotions you've dealt with?

21 comments:

Elena Solodow said...

All of the above!

Summer Ross said...

Emotions are a huge part of writing! I have experienced all of them in my writing one way or another. Have a great day!

Lynn said...

I think writing and emotional are part of the same package! When I 'shut down' I can't write at all. But a good dose of jealousy gets me going again.

Jen Daiker said...

Hill Billy being my personal fave... especially since I've never used it.

I heard the other day that as writers we always will have thin skin, regardless of trying to gain the thick... why? Because we were born to be emotional, it's what feeds and drives us to make amazing tales.

Carolyn Abiad said...

I don't know what it is...but I've got to "feel" the writing, or I know it isn't good. So maybe we're more in tune with intense emotions because we need to describe them?

LeishaMaw said...

Definitely all of the above. Sometimes simultaneously. Why do we do this again? :)

Kristina P. said...

I've learned that you can definitely feel many at the same time! Happiness for someone, yet jealousy and sadness for yourself. Emotions are so complicated.

ali said...

Um, all of the above? Plus, fear, loneliness, doubt, anger . . . I could go on and on.

Oh, and FYI on the Red Cross. They've merged with an organization called Red Crescent and all of their international giving is done together. The Red Crescent uses charitable giving to push forward social justice agendas. Which is totally cool if you're okay with that. I just think a lot of people don't realize that the Red Cross has experienced such changes and I think it's a good idea to know exactly how your charitable dollars will be used.

Jolene Perry said...

Angry is my favorite >: I

PATIENCE... and FRUSTRATION.

I guess patience is more of an attribute, but when you're trying desperately to be patient, it feels like an emotion. :D

L.T. Elliot said...

Hope. Fear. Joy. Sorrow. Thrill. And on and on. I think I've been surprised by how much stretching it involves. If ever you believe yourself immobile, become a writer. A year or two makes you feel like a cross between tanned leather and bread dough. ;)

Bethany Mattingly said...

Oh yeah. The most conflicting for me is being determined to never give up on my writing (even in the low times) and during the low times feeling hopeless for my dream. It's so conflicting.

Sara B. Larson said...

Oh man, the lovely rollercoaster of emotion that is trying to get published... so fun. Wish I could tell you it ends once you get an agent. Ha. Ha ha. Sorry.

David Powers King said...

Been there and still in the thick of it. We're trudging out of this swamp, but it gets easier as we near solid ground. We'll get there. One foot in front of the other. :)

Elana Johnson said...

Oh my heck, YES. This, this, THIS is why publishing is so hard. It's not that carving out the time is hard. Or rewriting. Or editing.

It's the extreme emotional roller coaster that you can't EVER GET OFF.

Jennifer Shirk said...

Yes! And stress and worry too. :)

Kathryn Magendie said...

Being a West Virginia Native and living in the mountains of WNorth Carolina, I'm still trying to figure out the hillbilly smiley *laugh*

As for emotions - lawd, don't get me started!

Patti said...

All the above plus more - it's quite the ride , trying to be a writer.

Vicki Rocho said...

Agreed. I think I'd be less emotional if I weren't in such a hurry. If I didn't *care* how long it took me, I'd take it all in stride........I think.

Susan Fields said...

Everything you mentioned. Sometimes self-doubt that can get overwhelming, so I try not to dwell on that too long!

Jackee said...

Your list so looks like mine. The funny thing? We would never get it up, would we?! :o)

Thanks for sharing, my friend! XO

Stina Lindenblatt said...

Great question, but I'm blanking out on an answer. Probably the biggest one is when you get an email from a non responding agent, and you think, "Yay, she's requesting a partial," only to find out she sent you a form rejection. >:(