The beauty of writing is that a story can explore a rainbow of emotions, from fear and contempt to grief and rage.
However, the emotions we conjure up in our writing have a way of bringing us writers down to the point where we stop writing.
That’s neither good for your story nor you.
Don’t let these somber story feelings drag you down. You can stay positive while you write even the most depressing of stories by changing your mindset and your environment. I have seven suggestions to bring back your optimism:
Children enjoy fairy tales today, but it fairy tales were told and intended for young adults. That’s because these tales were cautionary guides for young adults on their way to adulthood, showing the listeners the dangers and challenges of adulthood and how to overcome hardship with virtue, prudence, and courage.
The best way to learn how to write fairy tales is by revisiting them. Read a variety of fairy tales not from a reader’s perspective but from the writer’s side. Why did the writer choose this setting? These characters? This dialogue? Why was magic necessary here? Why was an unhappy ending necessary?