How To Find Your Writing Passion

By on April 9, 2020

Writers are creative and passionate people by nature. However, sometimes finding what it is that truly makes our hearts sing when we sit down to write is more challenging than we might expect. 

Yet, what’s even more frustrating is that if you aren’t writing about what you love, it’s pretty damn impossible to write well.

It is every writer’s dream to be fortunate enough to make a living doing what we love. But before we can even set this as a goal, we must get to the heart of what it is that we find fulfilling and joyful and effortless and exciting. 

So how do you do this?

To understand your writing passion, you need to understand yourself. You must be able to tap into your own innermost thoughts and feelings, to discover what makes you tick. You are a complex and ever-changing being, and you owe it to yourself and to your writing to get self-inquisitive and figure out who you are and what you stand for. 

It is your experience of life, your pain, pleasure, your greatest adventures, those moments of beauty that come from the most mundane and ordinary situations, the anger, embarrassment, outrage, the love, kindness and compassion, the sympathy, empathy, the laughter, and the tears - these moments and occasions are what make up your life story, and by reviewing these and acknowledging them and examining them you will connect with yourself, find your passion and resonate with your readers too. 

Writing is an art form, and any experienced writer knows that to create great art, you have to get up close and personal, sometimes uncomfortably so, with your own thoughts and feelings. Taking the time and making the space to do this is valuable work indeed. Within you, you have an unexplored reserve of inspiration, ideas, and if you are willing to do some digging, you’ll be able to bring authenticity and emotion to your work in ways you weren’t able to before. 

It takes a little time, a little work, and the ability to be both vulnerable and truly honest with yourself that will ensure you gain the most significant rewards. Doing so is like embarking on an essential journey of discovery, one that could open all sorts of unexpected doors. 

Once you understand what makes you tick, what motivates you, what energizes you, your view of the world, and your unique personality, you should be able to define your specific qualities, and doing so can help lead you to your passion. Determine what values you have, the skills you possess, how you like to spend your time, what you find fulfilling, what moves and drives you. Answer these with complete honesty, and you’ll be able to create a vision of how you can use all of these to start a writing career that’s genuinely abundant in joy, passion, and satisfaction for many years to come. You may find there are challenges and obstacles you have to overcome (both actual and emotional), but by removing these limiting beliefs, these issues and doubts you can shift your mindset and realize that there is nothing that can stand in the way. Create an action plan, set your goals, and then go for it and become the passionate and motivated writer you always knew you could be! 

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