Writing When You Got the Blues

The blues come. The blues go but how do you escape them when you experience these downturns?

This is the time you push your chair to your desk and concentrate on your writing. Why? Because in this way, your mind focuses on your work and bypasses the dark days.

Of course, if it is the death of a loved one or a terrible family crisis this would not work. However, if it is an incident, an argument or something along this line, getting your creative juices going provides better mental healing than any pill could achieve and without the side effects.

Forming that witty character who you love lightens your mood. There is a character in my Work in Progress, Cameos and Carriages, I just adore. Perhaps it is because she is bubbly, naive and says what she feels without hesitation. Here is an excerpt:

Looking to his right then to his left, he took a step forward bumping into Annie Lee. 

She giggled. “You hiding, Johnnie boy? I thought you got over your schoolyard pranks.” 

Reshuffling the camera to get a better handle on it, John took a step backwards to eye the redheaded beauty. “I-I’m sorry. I didn’t see you. I-I …”

“Not paying attention isn’t going to snag a headline,” her long hair bobbing. 

Annie Lee puts me in a better mood. But it does not need to be a character, setting the scene also gives you inward peace. When I wrote an intimate scene by a fountain, I needed to go to the Internet and find a picture of the kind of fountain I had in mind. This was not easy since it was one I had seen in an old motion picture. Thus I searched several Web sites before I came to the three-tiered design I desired. Another excerpt:

She turned her head from him and fixated on the fountain. The water gushed from the top tier to the second before flowing to the bottom tier’s large rock base. She swept her hand over the bubbling liquid. 

He reached for her arm and clasped his fingers around hers. Laughing, he brushed his lips against her hair. “Your hair smells nice but you didn’t answer my question.”

Giggling, she stirred her index finger in the cool water and faced him. “Did you say something?”

In addition, do not forget the importance, if you are a believer, in the power of faith and how this intertwines in your work.

Christ is my center but in no way am I saying I am perfect or I never experienced depression. With two different autistic sons and other problems, I have had my share. But then again, writing and faith helps placate the bad times. My recently released inspiring-historical romance, Lockets and Lanterns, includes biblical quotes which ease characters’ pains just as they do mine. For example, the novel includes this passage:  “I laid me down and slept; I awakened; for the Lord sustained me.”

So restore your soul by writing even when you got the blues and as always God bless.


  1. Very good post! We can lose ourselves in our work and the blues can melt away. And I also agree…our faith can help us through the blues and in our writing.

  2. Lorna Faith says:

    Hi Janet…how did you know I was going through the writing blues lately? …Perfect Timing:) Just subscribed to this blog…I know I’ll learn tons:) I am just getting to the finish line of my 1st historical romance and I am planning on self-publishing….so this is a great blog for me:) Thanks for sharing the excerpts of your book…I’ll need to get it! Sounds great!

    1. The passages quoted came from Cameos and Carriages which is a work in progress. However, the faith quote is from my recently released romance, Lockets and Lanterns. God bless and thank you.

  3. Great post, Janet.

    In the last year and a half, I’ve been dealing with a deep depression. I haven’t needed medication for it, though I am getting help and working through it. It’s something that has been triggered by the behavior of my sisters, whose personalities have become so toxic to me that for my own well being, I’ve severed the relationship. I think it’s too late to go back.

    I have had spells where the creative juices just don’t flow, the depression dominates. I’m finding music is a good way to push back against it.

    1. I am glad you found a way to handle the depression. We all need outlets to overshadow what bothers us. God bless.

  4. Strayer says:

    I keep a journal. It helps. I write out everything and get it out of my system.

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