Mood Swings

According to a new study, a happy writer is a lousy writer. Mark Peters writes on Good’s site:

It turns out that “low-intensity” negative moods are linked to better writing than happy moods. As shown in the research of University of New South Wales Psychology Professor Joe Forgas, when we’re not walking on clouds or doing a happy dance, we tend to be more careful and mindful of details.

Actually, when I went to hear Rita Dove read at LA’s downtown library, she mentioned a similar idea. Of course, she was speaking from personal experience, not a scientific study.

What a depressing thought, think I’ll go write something….


~ by Valerie Palmer on November 28, 2009.

One Response to “Mood Swings”

  1. i respect this

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