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

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14 thoughts on “Writing Without Passion Isn’t Really Writing

    • I think that’s the best way to look at it. I get more of a kick from those who tell me they love my stories than any money that comes my way. I’m not wired to get a thrill from dollar signs.

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      • Yes, I agree. When I get positive feedback from my book, or I’m surprised by a new review on amazon, I feel excite/humbled at the same time. I hope I never lose that. And, to be honest I’m not a best-selling author with lots of books out there, so I’m not making a living from it either. It’s a good thing, I’m okay with good feedback. 😉

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  1. Oh Wallace, you know I’m with ya on the music! I always have music on when I write. Different genres for different scenes in the book or different times of the day. There’s no right way to do it, whatever works for you!

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  2. I have the Beetles box sets 😛 Any ideas how I could share them with you?

    You are so right about advice and I’d have been flattered that you’d given it a try! That it didn’t work, hey, that’s cool, too. That said, one of the interesting things that have emerged in pedagogical theory in the last 30-odd years (long after my initial studies in the area), is understanding of learning styles and that people learn / and are cerebral in different ways. You must be an auditory learner in that sounds enhance your creativity.

    It took me nearly 20 years to work out that my peak learning time wasn’t/isn’t first thing in the morning when I’m “expected” to be “fresh” but rather in the afternoon from about 3 to 6pm. It takes me a while to crank myself (brain) up and then there’s no stopping it. A good friend says it’s like the lights go on. And if I’m on a roll, all hell can break loose around me and I won’t notice. Wish I’d known this about myself at uni! Also, in those days our days were so structured that they couldn’t accommodate the foibles of a mere student who studied better over dinner time than any other time of the day. Go figure! Do what works for you.

    Happy creative writing.

    PS Oh, and I love the rest of your music selection! I’d add some Santana, Gary Moor and perhaps also some Boston. Then some African Jazz….

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    • Only way I could think of, in theory, would be if the music files were ripped and then shared digitally, but that would be a pain. I’ll just buy the sets when I can afford them…hehe. Great playlist suggestions. 🙂

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  3. I can’t write to music, mostly because I do create “playlists” for each of my books that really suit my fancy at the time, and they are distracting 😛 However, I listen to music constantly when I’m *not* writing, and I definitely use that musical catalyst, as you say, to fuel my imagination. Some of my most interesting and cool story moments were thought up to a song.

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