Why You Should Use Your Anger To Create Fantastic Writing
The best writing I have ever wrote is whenever I’m really pissed off.
In those moments of anger, my writing ascends to a new level. It’s easier than ever to enter into a flow state and let my words do the talking. Sometimes, I create more words and publish much more frequently. Other times, it leads to the creation of some of the most raw and honest articles I have ever wrote.
And lately, I have been feeling quite a bit of anger.
More than just anger, I’m furious. While dealing with a medical condition, it’s become a constant disruption much of my life. From my career to my personal life to my various projects, everything is getting interrupted to some degree. Meanwhile, everyone I know is pushing forward and leaving me behind.
Maybe I’m being a little bit too overcompetitive and should focus more on my health, but screw that noise. I’m going to use this time to keep up the push. I would much rather die working than in a bedroom.
Anger is powerful. It’s an emotion more associated with violence and destruction than building good things. We have all seen people in our lives give into their righteous fury only to be led far astray. It leads them towards darker paths and they become blinded to the pain they’re causing.
However, anger can be a uniquely good thing, if you channel it properly.
Anger Will Push You To Act
When you’re pissed off and out of impatience, you’re more likely to do something about it. When something goes wrong and you feel your blood boiling, you’re much more likely to get up and make a difference.
You act because you have to — sitting still is no longer good enough.
Anger is a proactive emotion. It will push you forward to take action and do something decisive. All of the doubts and criticisms fade away when your temper is high enough.
Anger Will Force You To Be Vulnerable
A common issue many creatives have is allowing themselves to be vulnerable in their work. Due to different upbringings, it can be harder to be open and vulnerable in your work. Many people want to portray the image that they have it all figured out and got their shit together when the truth is far from reality.
When you’re angry, it’s easier to let it all out. Being real and honest with not only yourself, but your audience, goes a long way to being authentic. It can help you convey your point in the most effective ways possible. Instead of holding back, let the world see what’s really on your mind.
Censorship is the natural enemy of artistry. People may not always love you, but they will always respect someone who’s being real and honest with their self.
Anger Gives You Extra Motivation To Work Harder
Anger is a form of Red Bull for mental stimulation. It can give you that spark to push forward and get shit done.
Kindness is great, but if you want to see motivation in action, get under someone’s skin. When your pride is wounded or when the world suddenly becomes unfair, you uncover new levels of motivation you didn’t know you have. You feel wronged and violated and it’s time to make shit right.
Sometimes, the best motivation comes from within. All good fires need a fuel source. When you’re angry, you can unlock a boundless supply to fuel your fire.
Let your anger assist you in creating fantastic work and bring an elevated clarity to your writing. Yes, anger can be destructive emotion that has utterly ruined the lives of many people. It’s weaponized passion and that weapon can be used for better or worse.
However, in the right hands, anger is an absolute superpower. Like energy, it can be channeled and harnessed into something brilliant. Something that can make a positive difference and the world around you.
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Dayon Cotton is Active Duty US Navy and Freelance Writer. I write dope articles about social issues, life lessons, and advice on how to live a better life. Stay safe out there!