February 3, 2013

Simple Pleasure of the Day: Using anger to my advantage

What Mandy Thinks: "Simple Pleasure of the Day" post
My team lost their biggest game since the year I was four years old, so this is kind of a big deal.  To channel my childish foot-stomping frustration into something positive, I found some emotion-driven scenes to edit in one of my novellas and slapped at my keyboard for a few hours.  One thousand words later, my SPOTD has been using anger to my advantage.

Anger sucks, but when used properly it can:

- Strengthen another emotion.  I tend to get depressed with one of my novellas because my main character is depressed during scenes I need to fully flush out.  Matching the mood of my character is important with keeping her voice intact, so the anger I had for losing translated into connecting thematic elements I wouldn't have noticed if my mood was chipper and/or... winning.

- Bring out unresolved issues?  My only unresolved issue of the moment was fixing that gosh-dang scene as mentioned in my depressed mood point.  Happy or generally-not-angry feelings tend to mask unresolved issues, so let the anger flow responsibly when something's bothering you and it MAY help you feel better.

- Avoid as much anger-driven destruction as possible.  I may have slapped my bed, chairs, and blankets due to dropped balls and missed opportunities during my game that ended in a complete and total loss, BUT if I had let my anger stay at the banging level of anger, I probably would have broken something.

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