It's the first Wednesday of the month. Time for Alex J. Cavanaugh's Insecure Writer's Support Group Post! Click here to join!
I just finished writing a response to an article by Zadie Smith comparing nineteenth century philosopher, Arthur Schopenhauer's, On the Suffering of the World to modern films like Kaufman's Anomalisa and Being John Malcovich.
This put me in a bad mood for days. On an even more depressing note, Shopenhauer states it's cool to commit suicide to relieve yourself of suffering. He hated his mother, pushed his land lady down the stairs, and made me want to change my philosophy major to anything else after writing my senior thesis on his work, World As Will and Representation. The two volume work literally said I would never find enlightenment due to their use as a ladder and my own will. (insert raspberry noise here)
My friends asked what the hell was wrong with me, and I tried to refocus.
I do a few things to snap out of a funk. From my pre-teen years on I have kept notebooks filled with poems, diatribes, and more petty than political observations. Now, that I'm an adult with major responsibilites I watch Lumpy Space Princess.
When I'm stuck with an injury and can't do cardio, or if I feel overwhelmed by my academic and work life, I'm prone to stagnate. Yet, when I do manage to get work done it tends to be my best stuff. I write tops when I'm relieving tension.
Committing to good writing habits can help ensure you are able to make something beautiful out of the terrible crap you're dealing with.
I try to write first thing in the morning, before I have time to think too hard and brood. What are your strategies?