10 Reasons It’s OK to Write Sad Stories

5. Sometimes we need to feel sad in order to stop long enough to figure out how to be less sad.

1. A sad story can still have a satisfying — sometimes even a happy — ending.

2. Good stories are supposed to make you feel things. Some people read to numb the pain, and there’s nothing wrong with that. But not all “sad” is “bad.”

3. You write for an audience. That audience doesn’t have to include everyone. There are going to be people who don’t want to read sad stories. That doesn’t mean you can’t write them.

4. Writing sad stories gives the writer an outlet for channeling their pain.

5. Sometimes we need to feel sad in order to stop long enough to figure out how to be less sad.

6. Sad stories exist because all stories, at least in some way, reflect reality. We all need that.

7. Everyone, at one point or another, has felt sad, has had something sad happen to them. What are stories for, if not to give both the writer and the reader someone or something to relate to?

8. Sad stories have a way of reminding us of all the things we’re not supposed to forget.

9. Sad stories have the power to bring us closer to the people we love most.

10. A good sad story leaves you feeling the need to change something in the immediate world around you. That’s important. That can change everything.


Meg is the creator of Novelty Revisions, dedicated to helping writers put their ideas into words. She is an editor and writer, and a 12-time NaNoWriMo winner. Follow Meg on Twitter for tweets about writing, food, and Star Wars.


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