You've heard of "tortured writers." (These are slightly more popular than your average "starving writers"). Everybody knows you have to be really disturbed to produce good copy. I mean, you have to be depressed out your mind, borderline crazy, to get anything good down on paper. If you don't believe me, do a google search for images of "tortured writers." Why, I ask you, why would there be so many pictures of this if it did not exist? Here are some of my favorites:
I'm not like this anymore. Being sad all the time was kind of a pain, and as it turned out, I got more "staring at the wall time" in than actual productive "writing time." And come to find out, I actually prefer being happy.
But happy people can't write, right? So to bridge this gaping gap, we have "break up songs." And nobody does a break up song like "Taylor Swift." (Ha! I put her name in "quotations.") I haven't broken up with anyone in over ten years, so I kind of forget what it feels like to be totally rejected in every way, demoralized, broken, crushed, spurned, "unlove-ed." So how am I supposed to create and/or simulate feelings of "unfathomable sadness" in my novels if I can't really remember them?
That's right, you're very smart: listen to endless streams of break up songs. There are SO many break up songs, but the entire selection I have selected for you today (which consists of only a few) comes from "Taylor Swift." Thanks, Taylor, you're an inspiration to us all. I was listening to "Dear John" last night, which you will find to the right on the pink music player, and I was thinking that it was much too pretty of a song for a break up like the one described. Same with "Last Kiss." I think most break ups call for a song more like "Picture to Burn." Which kind do you prefer?
Alright, take it away, "Taylor."
I hope you all have a pseudo melancholy day!