Using Anger to Create Meaning in Writing
by Rita Robinson
When I hear someone say that anger is a weakness, I put it right up there with those who also say that swearing is a weakness. Tell that to Mark Twain who said in Pudd’nhead Wilson’s Calendar, “When angry count four; when very angry, swear.” He also said, “Under certain circumstances, urgent circumstances, desperate circumstances, profanity provides a relief denied even to prayer.”
Anger, often caused by a perceived injustice, can be uncovered in story after story because it leads to the energy and passion to write a book, article, poem or short story in the first place. It can be the touchstone to writing what needs to be said, and provide the impetus to start getting it down on paper. That initial beginning, laced with anger, helps to make a person’s writing sing. In turn, that melody draws readers to what that writer has to say.