As well as being a kick-ass school librarian, my wife works part-time helping new mums to adjust to all the stresses and strains of living with a baby. She has this nifty exercise that she does with them called "The Roller Coaster of Postnatal Emotion" where they plot out their positive and negative feelings about motherhood on a graph.
Now, I may not have the excuse of being a hormonal, postnatal woman, but it's nevertheless occurred to me that as a writer, my emotions are in flux like this all the time. So, as a scientific experiment, I've constructed the graph below as a genuine example of my creative highs and lows over the last week (though looking at it now, I wonder if I'd have been better off pretending that I'd made it all up).
The graph may take a couple of seconds to load, but once it has you can hover your mouse pointer over each of the dots to see the description of what I was feeling at that time (sorry, this probably won't work on touch screens - you'll need to be using a desktop browser). The scale at the side shows how positive I was feeling, with 100% being very happy and 0% being very miserable indeed!