I'm working on how emotions actually affect the ability of a given author/reporter/columnist to write well. When we look at Poe (As in Edgar Allen...) he seemed to produce such painfully raw pieces that can hurt emotionally and one wonders if the life filled with many painful intervals actually affected what he wrote about?
If you look at Stephen King and his books that doesn't seem to prove true, but Poe was known for the things that drove him (i.e. the death of a young wife and his childhood.). So if painful experiences haunt us, will that drive who we are as writers, and what we actually write?