I am a passionate writer. That doesn’t mean that I write passionate stories, but rather I write passionately. And what that means is I treat writing like a job. True, it is a job I love doing and true, I would rather write than work at (something)Mart. Passion is the critical element in writing.
If I write something bad, which happens more often than I care to think about, I have options: I can delete it, I can put in that “terrible idea” file and maybe use it at a later time, or I can leave it on my desktop to percolate, marinate, season, age like fine wine or sharp cheese. Maybe after a few days, I will find it is not such a terrible idea after all.
For me writing often reflects the mood I am in at that particular moment. Like everyone, I have days that are dark and gloomy as the weather during a winter storm or as bright and sunny as the first of spring. So, if I am gloomy today and I am trying to write a happy scene, it will not work very well. I wait until the sun comes out, then I write something happy. That’s not to say that I won’t write on that gloomy day. I simply write a gloomy scene or spend time writing a reflective journal post.
I have learned recently that holding myself back while writing will never result in good writing. What I will achieve is superficial and one dimensional. To have passion in my writing, I have to get emotionally involved with my characters or my topic and not worry about what the neighbors think. I have to stop writing what others want to read, because whatever I write will appeal to only one person in a thousand. The other 999 will not be interested, anyway.
Now, for the advice portion of this post:
- Strive to be a passionate writer. Dig deep and find the passion that is there, anyway.
- Don’t write for an individual, either real or imagined. Find what’s in that deepest part of your heart and write about it.
- Don’t let a day go by without writing something, be it a journal entry, or a chapter in a novel that will later get deleted. Write something. Every day.
- Write about the things inside. If it is emotional to you, it will be emotional to someone else.
- Use your favorite method to write, whether it is a #2 pencil and a scrap of paper rummaged from the trash pile or (my personal favorite) a keyboard. I prefer the keyboard because I type fast and fairly accurately, so I can get these random ideas down more quickly. Also, I have began audio recordings while driving in my car or making breakfast.
- Write using your own voice. It makes you unique. In that way, you will stand out from the crowd. You’ve heard it before. There is only one you, so don’t try to be someone else.
- Read something every day. Reading is an excellent method for improving your own writing because you are learning about sentence structure, plot lines, information that can be used in a story or article at a later day. Much of what you are learning is on a subliminal, but reading is beneficial to every writer.
Writing 500 words a day doesn’t take that long to do. Stephen King recommends writing 1000 words a day, although he writes 2000 a day. But, I am no Stephen King nor am I trying to be him. Most days, I write more than 500 words. All I had to do was to turn off the TV (or Netflix or Amazon) and write. I put down my computer games and then write. I make time for writing. I don’t wait for inspiration. I start writing and then inspiration just happens.
I write passionately.
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