Writing Without Passion Isn’t Really Writing

Note: This is an opinion piece so please take it as such.

I consider Writing to be something that involves a certain level of passion. You know that special thrill when you create something that totally blows your doors off? You know what I mean.

I know my posts have strayed into publishing of late, but I want to get back to what really matters: Writing and Storytelling, which are more important, in my opinion, than how many books you’ve sold or where you rank on Amazon’s Bestseller List.

The truth is that it’s hard for me to care much about book sales and rankings when my principal joy is in the creation of each story. I love immersing myself in the story worlds that I create from nothing and watch my characters navigate through the trials and tribulations of what I put them through…hehe.

I haven’t felt passion in my writing consistently for a while now and part of that has been that I fell prey to a piece of advice given to me by another author, whose experience blinded me to my own way of creating. I won’t mention names because it’s not fair to shine a light on someone who’s advice was given in good faith. What was that advice?

“Don’t listen to Music while you write because it’s a distraction.”

It sounds like solid advice on the surface and it probably works for them, but to me, Music helps to focus my thoughts and when I’m focused, the level of Passion is out of this world. Without that musical catalyst, I feel like I’m merely typing on a keyboard. I’ve tried to go without several times but it doesn’t work for me.

I guess the bottom line is that if you are doing something that helps you to get jazzed up about what you are writing, don’t let anyone dissuade you from it. It’s your thing and you got this.

Now get going. You should be Writing. But don’t take my word for it. I’ve brought in a guest to back me up:

Batman Says Write

Test Post

This is a test post to make sure all my sharing settings are working the right way. This is only a test. If this were an actual post, I’d be discussing something pertinent, like say, chicken or fish or writing about chicken or fish. This reminds me of a funny story involving an airline flight and of course…chicken or fish. Did you know that chicken or fish are animals? Yep, they really are, but they don’t usually hang together outside of a menu.

Monday, Monday

It’s a fact of Life that many people have trouble getting back into the weekly routine after a weekend. I’m no exception, except that I work at The Day Job (TM) on weekends and am scheduled off during the week. It’s a tempting proposition to veg out during the Off Time, but ever since I got that crazy idea to make Writing my new occupation, I’ve been making use of that free time to work on my stories I.E. novels.

It’s far from easy to get your rear in gear sometimes. Hey, if you wanted rainbows and unicorns, you may want to head over to one of those blogs run by “Bestselling” authors. I think I’m good, but I’m a working class stiff who likes to write and publish…hehe.

Writing these posts helps me to gear up to jump into a plot and get cracking. At the very least, it alleviates some of the pressure that I often put on myself to make progress. Doesn’t always work, but we do what we can.

Let’s open up the conversation. How do you get started on a Monday?