When reading Jane Friedman’s newsletter, I came across this great bit by writer Bill O’Hanlon, from his book, Becoming A Published Therapist:
In my view, there are four main energies you can tap into when you write your book. The main writing energy you discover may be just one or you may find that you have a combination of more than one of these energies that fuels your writing endeavors. The four energies are Blissed, Blessed, Pissed, and Dissed. The first two represent the positive energies; the last two, the “negative.”
The energies are split between “what you love and what upsets you”:
- “Blissed” energy comes from what you’re on fire for and can’t stop doing.
- “Blessed” means you’ve been gifted something that you feel compelled to share.
- “Pissed” means you’re pissed off or angry about something.
- “Dissed” means you feel “dissatisfied or disrespected.”
O’Hanlon goes on to say many of his early books were “written from a combination of pissed and blissed.”
(I can relate: much of my work comes from being a combination of angry and curious.)
O’Hanlon’s point is that ideas aren’t enough, you need energy to see you through a creative project, and if you can identify that energy and where it comes from, it can help your work.