Do you ever read a book or article and sense the passion behind it? You can almost feel the writer’s love for what they are doing. What’s that feel like? Or, perhaps you have read a book and it’s nearly put you to sleep… as if the writer was writing just to get something published. There’s a difference in the two… how would you describe it?
Make Your Writing Irresistible
There’s a saying that goes: “If your writing doesn’t keep you up nights, it won’t keep anyone else up either.”
The finest compliments a writer can receive (and the ones I cherish the most in regards to my own writing) are when readers say they couldn’t stop reading and couldn’t go to sleep until they finished the piece.
Keep the Passion Alive
That’s not to say your writing should be keeping you awake at night because you can’t seem to make it work, or because you’re stuck, or because it’s just plain bad. If you are staying up writing at night, it shouldn’t be just to ‘get it done.’ It should be because the words are pouring out of your heart onto the page.
Can we write like that every moment we sit down at our laptop and dig into our minds? Not likely.
To be able to rev up with that kind of passion every time is not really possible… and it’s not to be expected. But, there are quite a few who are passionate nine days out of ten. That’s where all writers should strive to be without sacrificing their sleep or mental health.
So maybe excitement isn’t always a sign of passion. Dedication, persistence, patience, and meditation are all examples of passion. It appears in many different forms and sometimes it’s not always noticeable by you, but it is noticeable by others in most cases.
Are You a Passionate Writer or a Technical Writer?
Writing, like many other professions, can be viewed as merely a skill or a job, and this sort of writer may be just as content and fulfilled as the “passionate” writer. There is a demand for expert, nonpassionate writing in many markets, and someone has to provide it (You know… like computer user manuals or process details).
However, someone must write those impassioned stories for the readers who are eagerly awaiting such publications. Perhaps you are one of those writers. If you want to be one, you’ll need to reawaken your love of words, people, and storytelling in general. You must fight away all intruding voices, both inside and outside of you, that are pulling you away from your passionate core.
So, how about you? Are you captivated by your writing? Why? How do you show it?