There’s something beautiful to writing depression, anxiety, stress, and fear.
I’m called the Queen of Angst, and there’s a pretty good reason. Here’s an excerpt from my new manuscript, Message to New York:
” She spent her nights concealed under cotton quilts, hiding from the devils in the corners of the room and begging the sun to rise and vanquish the evil from her memories. But it never left her thoughts; when the daylight was at its brightest, beaming through her windows, the panes of her soul were dark as night.
The silence was as bad as the dark, where every shifting shadow was a Gestapo officer ready to rip him from her dreams, the only place he stayed safe and warm and fed. They’d already stolen him from her once; why did they insist on returning night after night to do it all over again? She hadn’t been able to save him; no matter how much they fought fate, taking up arms against the gods of providence, it had taken him.
With the dawn, she’d awaken from restless sleep to an empty, cool pillow beside her, a reminder of both love and failure, and fall into the routine she knew. Dress, eat, work, eat, home, eat. The romance of life dashed away with the laborious tasks of typing and filing and filling coffee cups. ”
But it gets better than simply writing worries. Angst can be dark and deadly and full of pain. Slice throats, put bullets through skulls with words, destroy lives on that piece of paper or on your computer screen.
Why? Because your reader will finally feel something.
Try this. Take this prompt and write the darkest or most depressing short scene you can. Post it in the comments and we can talk about it.
Remember: Your character will be a one-dimensional word on a piece of paper if you can’t do as this prompt suggests. Understand their silence, that same silence inside every person, so you can understand their words.
Give it a shot!