Finding Your Passion

How to Find Your Passion

If you are not passionate about what you write about, it will be much harder for you to write your book. One of your main goals should be to write something that you are very interested in. When you are extremely interested in a particular topic or subject you will tend to have some conviction and/or passion about the matter.

So how does one go about searching inside to find this passion? It takes a little time and work. It takes taking time to look within. The deeper you dig, the greater the reward. In fact, the payoff can be tremendous. Along the way, you might learn things about yourself that will open amazing new doors of possibility and discovery for your work and your life.

Find Your Passion

You have to be passionate about your subject to be able to write an entire book on it. You must believe in it.
Your passion for writing is your desire. It is your need to get your information into other hands because you care about it.

Know Thyself

Understand what makes you tick, what motivates you, where you get your energy, and how you perceive the world. Understanding this about yourself helps you connect with your readers and your characters.
Learn more about your personality and why you behave and operate in the world the way you do. How you view the world is reflected in your writing, so pursue awareness around this and use the knowledge to direct your writing decisions.

Use this clarity about yourself to help you focus on what is natural and right for who you really are — not who you wish you were or who others want you to be. Your uniqueness should shine through in your writing.

Begin this process by taking one or two personality assessments, like the Myers Briggs test. These assessments give you a framework for the process of self-discovery and exploration. They can open your eyes to parts of yourself you haven’t acknowledged before.

Define Your Qualities

You might have a general idea of your skills, values, and interests, but have you really dug deep to determine which of those are imperative in your life? Are you allowing your writing work to overwhelm other places to explore? These places could ultimately help your writing.

Determine the values that define you, the skills that you enjoy, and the interests that are fulfilling and fun, so you to be creative, expansive, and focused in your writing and in life.

Commit to finding ways to use these newly defined values, interests, and skills. Explore new options in life so that you can exploit them in your writing. Jodi Picoult is an author who routinely scrutinizes and employs her values and interests in her novels, and she is quite prolific.

Create a Vision

Once you’ve gotten to know yourself better and defined what is important to you, begin to create a vision for your life and for your writing.

By outlining a rough vision based of your personality, values, skills, and interests, you will begin to refine a purpose and mission for your writing and your life. Any passionate endeavor, bolstered by purpose, will have substance and longevity.

As you explore the many possible details of this vision, your purpose and mission will become more and more clear to you. It will give you a road map for your writing and what you want to achieve. Use this road map to give direction and meaning to your writing plans.

Refer to this vision frequently as you write. Draw from it as from a deep well of inspiration for your work. Allow yourself to absorb the feelings your vision evokes so that authenticity shines through in your writing.

Shift Your Mind

As you learn about yourself, you will begin having profound “ah ha” moments. Previous ways of thinking will be challenged. Things that you once accepted will no longer be acceptable.

You will want to address unmet needs and remove tolerations from your life that have been sapping your energy and attention. This will open your mind and your time for writing and for other passions you have discovered.

Your perspective on what is good and right for you will open up. You sabotage your creativity when you do things you don’t want to do because you feel you “should.” Laser focus on what you want for your life to create the wide open spaces needed for your best writing.

Create Your Plan

The final part of the process of discovering yourself and your passion is creating an action plan based on all you have learned. You may find there are many passions and options for your life in addition to writing.

Remember, you may have to do this work several times over the course of your writing career as you continue to evolve as a person.

Use everything you have learned about yourself to infuse your writing with dimension, substance, and presence. Armed with new self-awareness and growth, you will find passion in your writing and in your life beyond your wildest expectations.

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