Why would anyone write while angry or upset? It’s a recipe for a very mean spirited article. Don’t get me wrong, if done right, that whole anger thing can work out for you. For the most part, though, anger in writing just makes you look foolish. Still, you shouldn’t discount anger as a writing catalyst. It can be very inspiring. You just have to use a little tact.
Do drafts until your head stops exploding.
Vent, vent, vent, then write. Getting that anger down on paper is necessary. It’s just not necessary to publish all your angry thoughts. When you are extremely upset over something, go ahead and write it down. Do version after version until what comes out is a marketable piece of content. Then, back it up with reliable sources. Your reputation will thank you.
Recognize how anger makes you look.
It’s important for writers to see themselves as they are. Venting can help you do that. Seeing your faults spread out in front of you can be motivational. Use that to fine tune your thoughts into something people will enjoy reading. Some people do enjoy a good rant. No one enjoys being screamed at for ten minutes straight, whether in person or in writing.
Use your anger positively.
Anger can be inspirational. Your enthusiasm and vibrancy are showing. You just need to tone down the growling a bit. Use that energy for good. Write an inspiring, profound expose’ without sounding like a mama bear defending her cubs. You can do it. You have the talent. You have the gusto. Now, make it work for you.
Always angry? Choose an appropriate venue.
If you’re a bit hot-headed, there are places that can use you. There are also places that wouldn’t appreciate your temper. Political websites nearly always welcome writers who aren’t afraid to speak their minds. You may still have to tone down the anger for a more professional sounding opinion piece. On the other hand, some sites welcome rants. You never know.
What are you angry about?
If you’re continually angry about the same things, maybe you should choose a career where you can enact change. Maybe you should have been an activist, a humanitarian or something similar, rather than a writer. Or, maybe, you could find a way to be both. Once again, find a venue that reflects your point of view and vent your toned down anger there. Moving on is a lot more professional than wasting time getting angry because your current venue doesn’t “appreciate” you.
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