1. ValianceInEnd
    Offline

    ValianceInEnd Active Member

    Joined:
    Oct 20, 2007
    Messages:
    1,670
    Likes Received:
    11
    Location:
    Phoenix, Arizona.

    Do you find your work becomes depressing?

    Discussion in 'General Writing' started by ValianceInEnd, Jun 18, 2008.

    And I don't mean the state of your work. haha :p
    I find that no matter what it is a write, it becomes very dark, sometimes a depressing story. I find I can come up with very twisted ideas for horror novels, and have no idea how I came up with it. I'm such a very nice and happy person... really! ;)
    Does anyone else find that everything they write seems to become dark or depressing?
     
  2. Rebekkamaria
    Offline

    Rebekkamaria Senior Member

    Joined:
    Jun 11, 2008
    Messages:
    158
    Likes Received:
    10
    Location:
    La-la-land
    My writing is usually very light and has a humorous undertone, but it can become very dark very quickly. I use many emotions in my writing, but the main idea I have is that I want to make my readers laugh through their tears. :)

    Maybe there is something you want to do with your dark words, something you haven't yet realised. Especially since you're a nice and happy person. Think about it. :)
     
  3. NaCl
    Offline

    NaCl Contributing Member Contributor

    Joined:
    Apr 30, 2008
    Messages:
    1,855
    Likes Received:
    58
    Do you control your writing, or does your writing control you?

    I don't mean for this to sound critical...it's meant as a constructive question.

    It seems to me that, as a writer, I am solely responsible for the content I put into my stories. As such, I make choices, and if my story becomes "very dark", then it should be by conscious decision, not an accident.

    IMHO, writing should bend to the will of the writer.

    .....NaCl
     
  4. Lemex
    Offline

    Lemex That's Lord Lemex to you. Contributor

    Joined:
    Oct 2, 2007
    Messages:
    10,507
    Likes Received:
    3,151
    Location:
    Northeast England
    My work often becomes depressing as I'm a pessimist and have mostly written Cosmic Horror inspired by H.P. Lovecraft and Darkness and Maddness is the key theme.
    But I like dark, desperate tales of humans struggling to hold onto sanity.
     
  5. SonnehLee
    Offline

    SonnehLee Contributing Member Contributor

    Joined:
    May 19, 2008
    Messages:
    6,112
    Likes Received:
    55
    Location:
    Far away from home
    Well, when your story focuses around death, you can only be so happy. I've been told that my story sounds like a soap opera. But they said it was a good thing cuz everyone was kept interested/wondering.
     
  6. Wreybies
    Offline

    Wreybies The Ops Pops Operations Manager Staff Contest Administrator Supporter Contributor

    Joined:
    May 1, 2008
    Messages:
    18,841
    Likes Received:
    10,017
    Location:
    Puerto Rico
    I think this is common enough, even from a bright cheery person like you. I am also the happy-go-lucky type and my writing tends to be a few shades darker than I am. I think it is only natural to use your writing to explore the side of yourself that does not often get expressed in your everyday life.
     
  7. Cogito
    Offline

    Cogito Former Mod, Retired Supporter Contributor

    Joined:
    May 19, 2007
    Messages:
    35,935
    Likes Received:
    2,043
    Location:
    Massachusetts, USA
    It really depends on what I'm writing. I've written a couple of short stories that were intended from the start to be very dark. I think that all told, my stories are more often upbeat.
     
  8. Charisma
    Offline

    Charisma Transposon Contributor

    Joined:
    Jul 23, 2007
    Messages:
    2,704
    Likes Received:
    142
    Location:
    Lahore, Pakistan
    I have been told, just like you, that my stories are sad. But I find them 'realistic' rather than sad. I also add humor to my stories, so it balances itself.

    That's something like me. :D
     
  9. ValianceInEnd
    Offline

    ValianceInEnd Active Member

    Joined:
    Oct 20, 2007
    Messages:
    1,670
    Likes Received:
    11
    Location:
    Phoenix, Arizona.
    Hmmm, I will admit, I do enjoy writing dark stories... I didn't start this thread because I was worried, just interested. Thanks for all your responses though!
     
  10. tehuti88
    Offline

    tehuti88 Contributing Member

    Joined:
    May 13, 2008
    Messages:
    642
    Likes Received:
    6
    Location:
    Michigan
    This fortunately doesn't happen to me. I can write depressing, dark, happy, funny, sad, thoughtful, silly, angry, whatever.

    I do find, however, that Jungian psychological themes keep popping up in my writing when I don't intend them to; they always just seem to fit in. My only fear is they'll seem too obvious or pretentious, but so far I think I'm the only one who's noticed them. *shrug*

    In contrast with a previous post, I don't by any means think all writing is by "conscious choice"--many things go unconsciously into our writing at times--so I believe that a work can turn darker than intended, without the writer's conscious will. Obviously this won't happen for all writers, but it does to some. We do control all we write, but not always consciously.
     
  11. TheFedoraPirate
    Offline

    TheFedoraPirate Contributing Member

    Joined:
    Oct 11, 2007
    Messages:
    205
    Likes Received:
    1
    I usually write things that have both dark humour and things that are 'depressing'. I rarely write something that's all fluff.

    ((Also, the German part of your sig. 'Wie gehts es Ihnen' means 'how are you' ... it should probably read, "Hallo, Sehr efreut (Sie kennen zu lernen)"))
     
  12. ValianceInEnd
    Offline

    ValianceInEnd Active Member

    Joined:
    Oct 20, 2007
    Messages:
    1,670
    Likes Received:
    11
    Location:
    Phoenix, Arizona.
    Thank you. Your the third person to fix one of the languages. I used a bad free online translator. I'd change it but the damn forum won't let me for some reason.
     
  13. Amarantha
    Offline

    Amarantha Member

    Joined:
    Jun 1, 2008
    Messages:
    18
    Likes Received:
    0
    My novel changes tone of its own accord (usually turning darker) depending not so much on my mood but on my MC's. Even if I'm happy, if I'm writing a section where he is upset or hiding his feelings, the story turns dark pretty quickly. I don't consider that a problem, since it serves to bring the reader closer to my MC. On the other hand, when I'm irritated I only write the depressing sections, since I know I'd have problems pulling off the happy parts.
     
  14. Marloy
    Offline

    Marloy Contributing Member

    Joined:
    May 28, 2008
    Messages:
    439
    Likes Received:
    4
    Location:
    A Malevolent Dream
    My writng does tend to become dark, mainly when I'm writng a story of the like.

    For example, if I'm writing a story that is not generally of the sad or dark type, as I go on with the writing I begin to think up other ways to go in the plot, like making my characters lose someone and become depressed, even if it really has nothing to do with anyhting nor do I really need it. It's avoidable, but I'm not sure why I do it.

    When I'm writing humorous stories none of that really tends to happen, because there's really no call for it. But there can always be instances, in which case I usually use them to advance the plot.
     
  15. Gone Wishing
    Offline

    Gone Wishing Contributing Member

    Joined:
    May 1, 2008
    Messages:
    1,045
    Likes Received:
    12
    Location:
    Australia
    I tend to write on the darker side, I suppose (the Dark Side has biscuits ;)), though darker themes can be explored without becoming depressing.

    That being said, it most definitely has to be a conscious effort on my part to arrive at a 'happy ending' - and most of the time if I do that, it doesn't seem quite right.
     
  16. Night
    Offline

    Night Member

    Joined:
    Jun 18, 2008
    Messages:
    26
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    In an imaginary world.
    I'm a fairly happy person myself, and I find that I tend to write depressing things too. Sometimes I think that it's just a side of me that never comes out, and when I write, it finally does.
     
  17. ValianceInEnd
    Offline

    ValianceInEnd Active Member

    Joined:
    Oct 20, 2007
    Messages:
    1,670
    Likes Received:
    11
    Location:
    Phoenix, Arizona.
    Haha, so the general consensus is I need to make myself depressed in order to write happy things. :p
     
  18. Charisma
    Offline

    Charisma Transposon Contributor

    Joined:
    Jul 23, 2007
    Messages:
    2,704
    Likes Received:
    142
    Location:
    Lahore, Pakistan
    True. To the drug store!!!
     
  19. InkDancer
    Offline

    InkDancer Senior Member

    Joined:
    Jun 10, 2008
    Messages:
    116
    Likes Received:
    1
    Location:
    Sayville, NY
    This is not a criticism of dark or unhappy pieces... but I think darkness is easier to write than happiness.

    To write well, at least. Uplifting stories can turn to cliché so easily. It's almost as if... well, like the human condition is sloping down. It's hard to go up into happiness, but altogether too easy to go down into depression. What's the old saying? It's always easier to destroy than to create.

    In terms of your own writing, what themes do you want to explore?
     
  20. Gone Wishing
    Offline

    Gone Wishing Contributing Member

    Joined:
    May 1, 2008
    Messages:
    1,045
    Likes Received:
    12
    Location:
    Australia
    As Tori Amos once said "We love our pain and we're selling it - don't you dare take it away from us... "

    I believe some kind of threat followed that, can't remember what it was :redface:. The quote is a response to a question she was asked in the early nineties about why music, and art in general, that dealt with pain and suffering was so popular. Nothing's really changed... Think back to all the Greek tragedies.

    Edit: And Shakespeare, for that matter. :)
     
  21. Torana
    Offline

    Torana Contributing Member Contributor

    Joined:
    Mar 13, 2007
    Messages:
    9,659
    Likes Received:
    128
    I write horror poetry, but like my poem 'My Sweet Valentine', not everything is as dark as it may seem, and not everything is depressing. Sometimes the most beautiful things in the world can be told through horror.
     
  22. ValianceInEnd
    Offline

    ValianceInEnd Active Member

    Joined:
    Oct 20, 2007
    Messages:
    1,670
    Likes Received:
    11
    Location:
    Phoenix, Arizona.
    There's some truth in that. Stephen King (only a choice few of course :p) comes to mind.
     
  23. Torana
    Offline

    Torana Contributing Member Contributor

    Joined:
    Mar 13, 2007
    Messages:
    9,659
    Likes Received:
    128
    I guess it just depends on the readers perspective at the end of the day really. But I find that there is a lot of horror out there that is not quite as dark as some of the writing I read from other genres. Everyone sees horror, and they see evil and darkness. It isn't so. Horror can be found in the most beautiful of places.

    Same as dark poetry isnt always depressing. You can write a really happy, chirpy, dark poem. It isn't hard.
     
  24. SonnehLee
    Offline

    SonnehLee Contributing Member Contributor

    Joined:
    May 19, 2008
    Messages:
    6,112
    Likes Received:
    55
    Location:
    Far away from home
    That way, if the reader is in a really bad mood, then they read this happy joyful yay for flowers poem and they get angry and then move to depression.
     
  25. ValianceInEnd
    Offline

    ValianceInEnd Active Member

    Joined:
    Oct 20, 2007
    Messages:
    1,670
    Likes Received:
    11
    Location:
    Phoenix, Arizona.
    Yeah, I guess it's just a trick way to make your readers happy when they're angry. Brilliant. :D
     

Share This Page