Filed under: Dave White
So, I’ve been really happy lately. I have a good job, a book coming out, and all sorts of other good things happening. I’ve been literally walking around with a goofy smile on my face for the last few months. Like big and dorky and goofy.
Is this a good thing for my writing?
I mean, have you read my Jackson Donne stories? Or any of my stories for that matter? They aren’t happy or upbeat or chipper. They’re pretty dark and depressing. Jackson Donne rarely–if ever–gets a happy ending. And my best stories–“Closure”/”My Father’s Gun”–were written in a haze of anger and sadness. WHEN ONE MAN DIES was written during a year where my love life basically went to hell.
And now… things are good. Too good.
Does that mean my next book is going to suffer? Am I going to be able to channel the hate and anger needed to put Jackson Donne into a bad place or two?
The second book should be okay. I’m close enough to the end of it where I should be able to channel bad things. But the next book–assuming there is one–what happens if I remain happy?
It might just be JACKSON DONNE AND THE SEARCH FOR THE HAPPY RAINBOW… starring unicorns.
What about you guys? Do you have to be in a weird mood to write?
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