Austin Kleon summarises Bill O’Hanlon’s idea around there being ‘four energies’ that writers can dig into. They may need translating for a British audience (‘pissed’ means something different over here…) but I like it as an organising idea.
Related: Buster Benson’s ‘Seven Modes (for seven heads)’ from his seminal post Live like a hydra.
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.”
Source: The Four Energies | Austin Kleon