Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Frenzied Festivities

The holidays are here, the holidays are here! No school! Maybe, even, no work!

And with the holidays come all the joy, merriment, noise, frustration, depression, anger, loneliness, exuberance, romance, and laughter one can imagine.

Emotions! Gosh, the emotions holidays reveal. For some people, they are enough reason to duck out on the celebrations and gatherings. How does a person deal with the extremes our feelings race to during high-octane occasions like holidays?

You may choose to make yourself scarce when things get rolling. You may revel in the joy and romance. You may find a certain satisfaction in dealing with the negative feelings; there is romance in tragedy, too.

But as a writer, one thing you should do is journal. Journaling helps a person make sense of life. Writing things down lets you look at the situation and think things through. Having those things to go back to, however, helps a writer draw upon real, experienced emotions when trying to convey feelings in a written work. Besides, some of our most imaginative and poetic work is done when our emotions are raw and unstrung.

So, have a happy holiday, but also journal all the feelings, happy and otherwise. You never know when you might need them.


Saturday, November 15, 2008