Have you ever come across a writer who has no passion for writing?
I haven’t. And I don’t think you have, too.
Some people write to pour their hearts out on paper (or online, like I’m doing now). For others, writing is a viable source of income (again, that’s me!).
But the fact remains that writing is an art. And to create a work of art, you need passion. Maybe not in buckets, but in cans, at the very least.
How passionate writers feel before writing
Remember how lovers used to write poems for their beloved ones?
Even those who had never thought that they could write, found themselves composing 8-page love letters (my dad, for instance, used to write to my mom).
The best part’s that this tradition continues to be upheld, even today!
Well, all those writings were, and are, sparked by a passion_ the passion called ‘love’. Let me tell you how exactly it feels:
Imagine that you’ve had some sort of experience in the past. It may have been a pleasant experience, or a traumatic one. It may have been something to do with a tiny thing, or a huge one.
Whatever that experience may have been, it has left you either shaken to your core, or happy to your bones. It has stirred something inside you, in a good or a bad way.
Now, you need an outlet for these feelings, so you decide to write all about it in your diary or on your blog. As you write, you feel like your words keep flowing, and before you know it, you’ve written around 4-5 pages.
This is a feeling we passionate writers look forward to, every single day.
Your passion for writing dies when you see it as a chore
“Do what you love, love what you do”_ that’s a famous saying with quite a deep interpretation. It’s important to do the things you love, but it’s equally important to love the things that you do.
For example, you’re a freelance writer, say, and you used to love writing. But somewhere along the way, you lost your inspiration or passion for writing, and you don’t love it like you used to.
This means that you can’t excel in it anymore.
What I mean to say is, if you don’t like writing, or you don’t enjoy it anymore, even a teeny-weeny bit, then it’s going to look like a chore for you. You might’ve chosen this field as your primary source of income, but without any passion for writing, you’re going to have to slog at it all day, every day.
Slowly, but surely, you’ll start hating it. Every day you’ll be waking up, thinking, “Oh, no… I have to write that blog post and send those product descriptions to my client, and how I hate writing!”
Eventually, you’re going to actively avoid your work, just because you hate the very thought of doing it.
These feelings will show themselves in your writings, as the quality of your writing might decline. If that happens, your boss or your clients will be dissatisfied with your work_ that’s obvious.
And in the process, you might even fall into the deep, dark chasm called ‘depression’. That’s a scary thought.
Conclusion: A break from writing
Your passion for writing might not last forever. In fact, there are hundreds of writers out there who are looking for ways to rekindle their passion for writing.
Because if you don’t enjoy the work you’re doing, you’ll hate it, and then, you won’t want to do it at all.
So, if you have zero passion for writing, don’t write. Just let your mind rest, and try your hand at something new, for a change.
Take a break from writing_ it might give your passion for writing the boost that it needed.