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Upset ranting and a question. Actually, several...

I have a request for you guys..

Since you were kind enough to friend me, I assume you have been reading the stuff I write yeah? So I guess you would be the best people to answer this question. Umm... okay see there is this author (who shall forever remain unnamed) that I used to like. And now I don't anymore, because I just realized that all her writing,  ALL of her fifty something series are exactly the same - DEPRESSING.

And dark and hopeless. She keeps breaking the characters down, puts them through so much angst and torture until there is nothing left. And then she does it some more. Even the sex isn't hot, it's just kinda... sad. Dubious consent at best. And I have a point I swear. Okay, let me try again.

See this author... the way she writes is so riveting and so bloody... GOOD that... I can't help but get emotionally involved. I start to relate more than I want to. But the thing is, the plot - the characters' circumstances just keep getting worse and worse and it doesn't get better, ever. Even at the end when the big bad is defeated and it's time to start healing and stuff, it's like... she doesn't really want to go there, where things are getting better. She touches upon them like briefly then shies away to a new torture series. The bad parts are graphic and excruciatingly detailed. And I wonder why she writes the way she does. Every writer has demons of his or her own that they're trying to exorcise through this creative outlet.

I feel for her, I really do. But I cannot put myself through this again.

I cannot, will not read her ever again because she just brings me down so horribly. I keep thinking about it and fret about it and smoke a couple more than my usual limit for the day and sometimes, when I'm three or more glasses of wine down like now, I start to cry and have to literally smack myself in the forehead to remind me that it's not real. That it's only fiction.

Yeah, that's how good she is. So.. I'm done with her. Which brings me back to my original reason for this post.

Now I write a considerable amount of angst myself right. And clearly it is a level of pathos I am personally comfortable with, just like the writer mentioned above is comfortable with hers. But what do YOU guys as READERS think? Have I written something, anything so far that has brought you down? Upset you somehow? Made you feel like - "Dude, this is way too painful for me." ? Or "Dude, what is this girl's childhood trauma??" Or "Okay. Reading that one was a mistake." ???

Because, I don't think I want to be that kind of writer that makes people sad. I want to write happy stuff, optimistic stuff. Altho realistically speaking, I suck at fluff. But the least I can do is... write something hopeful you know. And not offload my personal demons onto my readers. I just don't want to do that.

So... umm... I need to know what you guys think? And if there is a piece of my writing that upsets you?

I probably won't take it down for the sake of maintaining my archive to show progress made (bleh if any!) through the years. But it would really help me understand myself and my writing a little more. This is not an attempt to go professional in any way haha. My stupid job and my husband and my dog keep me busy plenty enough thank you. I just... I'm curious you know?

Is there any reason for why we write angst in the first place? And why do we even read it?? What the fuck do we get out of these sad, tragic stories????


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Hey sweetie. Thanks for your kind words. You're right - writing is our way to vent. It helps me offload stuff I've been thinking or worrying about, you know, distract myself from RL stuff with fictional stuff. But the end result of any story for me must be positive or there is no point.
So when I come across other people's writings that are so devoid of hope or anything positive at all.. it makes me wonder what they must be going through. And that saddens me even more because it reminds me that this world of fiction that's supposed to be my escape from RL, isn't entirely fictional after all.

do be careful not to let other people's fics take you to a place you don't want to be.

I know hon, I still like angst but I have to remember I have a limit. And pushing it just upsets me too much. Thank God for you guys who write such cute, happy stuff that makes me smile :)

My advice, if you want it, is to go ahead and stretch yourself: write a fluff piece :) You don't have to post it and it's okay if it sucks or if it turns a little angsty, but take a stab at filling the fic with love and hope.

Ouch. Seriously? I suck at it Sarah, I SUCK!! It starts out happy and ends so bad.. *shakes head* but I guess.. I'm gonna try again. *sighs* Thank you so much sweetheart :) *hugs*

lol. Okay, well, I believe in you but if you don't want to, I'm not gonna set a deadline.

I think writing stories which are optimistic do help me to feel better because I go and live in that world for a little while (the one where little sammy gives you lots of hugs!) I just wanted you to have that feeling, too, in addition to the heavier emotions.

btw, you're so sweet to respond to all these ideas with such care.

love ya! Sammy hugs!

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