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Writing Goes Emotionally Rampant

Courtesy Bill Watterson's "Calvin and Hobbes."

This is exactly how writing goes…

I came across a curious article via Twitter today (credit to Tor Books for that little run-in). It’s something that writers everywhere knew all along, but was never formally expressed. Briefly, what we authors write follows our mood. If you’re depressed, guess what you’ll most likely write.

That’s right. Words of depression.

I suppose this is over-simplifying it, since there are times when I have deliberately written against my emotions. But don’t exceptions exist for all rules? The article goes further and suggests the overall mood of society is effected by economic downturn or uprising. I can understand that. It makes perfect sense, after all. I mean, if you’re struggling financially, you’re probably stressed. And when you’re stressed, you probably smile less. I know I do. Anyway, a team of researchers found a correlation between the state of the economy and the type of language used in newly published books.

Simply put, for new books:

Good Economy = Happy Language
Bad Economy = Unhappy Language

What all writers have known (because we’ve lived it), has now been formally expressed: writing goes emotionally rampant.

You can read all about it here: When The Economy Stinks, Our Books Get More Depressing

I can’t believe they needed a team of researchers to figure that one out.

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