I find that with many writers, myself included, you have to be in a certain type of emotional or mental state before you can write a specific story in the way that you want it to be written. I'll give my own example as well as a question below, but i'd like to know if your emotional state has ever helped or hindered you. More than two years ago, I wrote a short prologue whilst heavily depressed in going through a poor relationship that ended around that time. To this day, I consider it to be some of my best work. I have recently wished to continue this work - one of darkness and morbidity involving the un-living. The problem with trying to write it now... It seems i'm too happy. I cannot force myself back into depression, and my style of writing whilst out of the depression is far too.. floral. I have tried for a day to write, and have mustered less than two paragraphs that I consider to be of similar quality to the original work, despite writing three or four actual pages that were not of good enough quality, and I fear the good work I have done was purely a fluke. How can I get myself into a state that would be sufficient to continue a tale of darkness started whilst I was depressed?