Three Ways to Turn Your Passion into Your Work
A quick visit to Dictionary.com gives a clear definition of passion: “Any powerful or compelling emotion or feeling, as love or hate.” Love and hate are extreme emotions, but the word in that definition that jumps out is compelling.
Being a writer is not a choice; it is a calling, a vocation. Writers are driven by an irresistible force that makes us want to communicate our ideas and thoughts through the written word. But if you don’t convey yourself with passion, you impart nothing to your reader.
How to Write a Book with Passion from the Outset
The first question for any writer is, “What to write about?” Your inner voice is calling you to write, and you are ready and willing. But where do you start? What story do you want your book to tell? Here is a simple exercise to get you thinking.
When you visit the bookstore, which section do you head to first? What type of story engrosses you so you lose track of time and suddenly realize you have been browsing the same titles for the past hour? Is it the biographies section, thrillers, or perhaps you have your eye on the romance section this particular month?
Write What You Like to Read About
So there is your starting point. What you read is what you should be writing about. That’s what gets your blood pumping, your adrenaline pulsing, and your passion peaking. It’s also about what you know.
The most successful writers write about topics they have knowledge or experience of. Here are three ways writers can turn their passion into their work.
1. A Charmed Lifestyle
A professional writer is fortunate in the same way a professional athlete, chef, or teacher is blessed. Even dedicated accountants or engineers who truly love what they are doing experience the same sense of satisfaction from their work. Their achievements are not necessarily based on financial reward, but more in the fulfillment they have when they are living the lifestyle of their choice when they wake up every day and do what they love. Their work is not just a job, but a labor of love.
If you wake up in the morning raring to go and catch yourself singing in the shower, you are leading a charmed life. If you have to drag yourself out of bed and feel like your work is a chain around your neck, you need to tap into your entrepreneurial spirit, take stock, and think about what it is you really want to be doing. At the end of the day, it is all a matter of choice.
2. Passion as a Process
So how do you start turning your passion into a regular job? As a writer, you always have a choice. Depending on what kind of writer you are, you can usually choose your topic and make sure it is of as much interest to you as you are going to make it for your readers. Even if you do not have a choice in the topic that you are writing, you still have the creative freedom to turn what you are writing about into something that interests you. And once you have done that, you know you are writing with a passion that should jump through your words and off the page at your readers so they are as excited and learning as much about a new topic as you did writing it.
So once you have your topic, learn as much about it as you possibly can. Then figure out how you can enlighten readers in the most entertaining way possible. Remember, the writer must be just as entertained as the reader to ensure the passion being transferred from teacher to student is authentic.
3. Denounce the Drone
Let’s head back to Dictionary.com for a definition of drone. There are in fact a number of definitions that include references to the honeybee and to a parasitic loafer. The one that interests us here is however the drudge. A further search and we find a drudge to be “a person who does menial, distasteful, dull, or hard work.”
So working as a drone equates to being the absolute antithesis of an individual who performs with passion. A drone engages neither their heart nor imagination in what they do. Little wonder then that the work becomes hard, dull, and even distasteful. In fact, many writers owe their current charmed lifestyles to finding themselves in such a situation. Working as a drone in an office cubicle, churning out copy or facts and figures that held zero interest for them gave them the inspiration to chase their real passion.
AuthorHouse hopes you denounce the drone and strive for a charmed life by following your very own process of passion in this month of romance.