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Writers....Is Your Passion Showing?

Updated on February 20, 2015

No, Not That Kind of Passion

We don’t want you arrested so please, don’t be showing that kind of passion in public.

No, I’m talking about another kind of passion, a passion that says you can’t wait to get those words down and share them with others. The kind of passion that grabs a reader by the throat and won’t let go until they, too are passionate. The kind of passion that is infectious and addictive, requiring intervention and a month-long stay in rehab.

Are you that kind of writer?

It’s not only a valid question but a crucial one, and depending on your answer, you will either be one of millions of writers who languish on the junk heap of obscurity or one who flies with the greats.

Is your passion showing?

This is what passionate writing looks like.
This is what passionate writing looks like. | Source

You Have Two Choices

Passion is defined as a strong or powerful emotion about a person, thing or belief.

With that definition as our guiding beacon, writers then have two choices: they can either be passionate about the subject matter they are writing about, or they can be passionate about the craft of writing.

Which are you?

Allow me to give you an example. I follow a writer on the writing site HubPages. He writes about politics and government. He is not a particularly gifted writer. His sentences are often lacking in proper structure. His flow is often a hiccup. There are times when rhythm is missing, but there is never a time when his passion is AWOL. He believes strongly in his subject matter, and that strong belief shines through in his writing.

I will continue to follow him, not for his writing talent, but because of his passion.

I have read countless articles written by writers who have no passion. I only read them once. My life is too short and I won’t waste a minute of it on the mundane, and yet some of those writers are successful. How can this be so?

We live in a writing world that is infected by the dreaded disease of SEO. It is entirely possible for writers to make money today by simply perfecting the art of inserting keywords into articles that make burned meatloaf look enticing. They are robotic in nature. They follow a formula that says a certain number of keywords equals success, so they insert here, insert there, and presto, they have a SEO-friendly article that the Google gods will smile upon. The passion is missing but views are gained.

Boring!

A Closer Look at the Two Choices

The first is a passion for the subject matter.

I am convinced that an average writer can make a recipe interesting if they have a passion for cooking. I am convinced that an average writer can make babysitting, garage sales, car repair or knitting interesting if they are passionate about those subjects.

If the passion is missing, a writer may still do well with the search engines, but any plans on being recognized as a good writer are just dreams built upon a foundation of quicksand.

The other option is to have a passion for the craft of writing. In this case, a writer may not know the first thing about car repair, but he/she can construct a sentence that is so exquisite, so beautiful, so marvelous, that they make a 1986 Corolla sound like a vintage Porsche. They capture the reader with words and descriptions. They make the subject come alive by expertly mixing and matching nouns, verbs, adjective and adverbs. They perfect the art of rhythm, and their voice speaks a universal language understood by all.

It is a thing of beauty to behold, just as all art, when done with passion, is beautiful.

This is writing without passion
This is writing without passion | Source

Here’s My Problem with the Writing World Today

You can probably guess, but let me continue anyway.

There are millions out there who write online, and make some money doing it, and they do it by mastering the art of keywords and SEO. Introductions? Forget about it! Conclusions? Forget about it! Cohesive structure? Forget about it! All that’s needed is the right number of keywords, the plugging in of the right words in the right spot, and these people are damned good at it. And at the end of the day they declare to the world that they are writers and to prove it they show the latest check they received for their labors.

Let me ask you a question: is someone who paints by numbers an artist?

That’s my problem with the writing world today: it’s been diluted and diminished, and the passion is missing in the works of so many so-called writers.

"Your writing voice is the deepest possible reflection of who you are. The job of your voice is not to seduce or flatter or make well-shaped sentences. In your voice, your readers should be able to hear the contents of your mind, your heart, your soul."

Meg Rosoff

Isn’t that beautiful?

"My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style."

Maya Angelou

And isn’t that beautiful as well? Combine those two quotes, internalize them, and you’ll understand my message today.

So My Question for You Is This

Do you want to be an artist, or do you want to continue painting by numbers?

I have nothing against those who write recipes, travel articles, how to articles or craft articles. We all need money and I get it. What I don’t understand is doing those things without passion. Writers do not simply write words. Writers communicate, relate and inspire. Writers tell stories, transmit messages and lift others with their words. Writers make the mundane exciting and have the ability to suspend reality and create new worlds.

With so much you could be doing, are you really satisfied with fifty percent or less?

Writing is an art form, and art is part of heart, and that’s what is missing in so writings today.

I think we need to reverse the trend and bring the heart back to the art.

Are you with me?

2015 William D. Holland (aka billybuc)

“Helping writers to spread their wings and fly.”

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      carol stanley 2 years ago from Arizona

      Great topic and I am really aware of this especially with my new undertaking. It seems so silly to me to write about stuff that you have no interest in. I tend to look at my favorite things to do with great passion and wanting to improve. Love the paint by numbers analogy. As I paint I am always looking at creating something different and making the colors sing---as words should sing when writing. If we didn't have the passion for writing or painting than it is just a job..Can you write by numbers???LOL

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Carol, thanks for your thoughts. I remember as a little kid, I would paint a picture by numbers and my parents would tell me what a fine little artist I was. LOL Not even close!

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      Janine Huldie 2 years ago from New York, New York

      Love your challenge and you know I try with each everything I do write now to put my own voice into it as much as I can heart and soul. I do very much love writing and even when I say sometimes I need a break, I just can't stay away. So, I think it does take a certain amount of passion and love to write from the heart. Thank you Bill for putting it out there so perfectly. Have a great Friday once again!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Janine, you don't need this article at all, but thank you for reading. Your voice shines through in every one of your blogs, and your passion for parenting is very apparent. Keep on being you, please. Happy Weekend, my friend.

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      breakfastpop 2 years ago

      I hope I am not the guy you follow who has passion but can't write! I know I have the passion and it is what inspires me and keep me howling at the moon. Up and awesome, billy!!!

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      Shauna L Bowling 2 years ago from Central Florida

      Writing is a very personal vocation. Even when writing to meet someone else's audience (client's target), there's plenty of room for passion. Being a diverse writer helps to keep the passion alive and creativity flowing. There will always be stumbling blocks, but passion will help the writer sail right over them.

      Another great pep talk, Bill. When you hit, you hit hard!

      Enjoy your weekend, my friend.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Pop, no you aren't. LOL You have passion and you can write, a great combination. Keep howling at the moon and have a great weekend. Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sha, there's nothing worse than swinging hard and hitting a weak popup to the infield. :)

      I agree with you...when I'm writing for customers I still add my own voice and some punch to the article. I try to make it the best damn blog ever written about real estate...that's my job and that's my calling as a writer.

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      DJ Anderson 2 years ago

      Things that bring us our greatest joy

      come from the passion within our heart.

      Happy weekend, Bill.

      DJ.

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      breakfastpop 2 years ago

      Thank you, billy......

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      Mr Archer 2 years ago from Missouri

      Count me in Bill! Chips pushed into the middle of the table, holding my cards close to my chest, putting it out there for the world to see. Will they hold up? Who knows? But I can say I gave it my all. Thanks buddy once again for your thoughts which cut to the heart of the matter.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Happy Weekend, DJ, and thank you! Have a great day of writing, my friend.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      You betcha, Pop!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      My pleasure, Mike! "You gotta know when to hold them...know when to fold them..." I'll be singing that song all day now thanks to you. LOL

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      bradmasterOCcal 2 years ago from Orange County California

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      I guess my secret is out.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      What, Brad, that you have passion? No doubt about it!

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      Sally Gulbrandsen 2 years ago from Norfolk

      Hi Billy

      You are so right. I can't see the point of writing anything unless you feel passionate about your subject. You clearly do and it sure comes across. I hope my writing always reflects some of the same.

      You have a great week-end

      Sally

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you, Sally, and you are a perfect example of this article. Even writing about wet-felt crafts can appear interesting when the writer is passionate about the craft.

      I hope you have a wonderful weekend, my friend.

      bill

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      Melissa Reese Etheridge 2 years ago from Tennessee, United States

      Thank you. I needed that today. I've been working so hard at writing, that I didn't even like what I was writing about. This morning, I pulled up my short story that is almost finished, wrote about 5 words, then just stopped. I just didn't have the heart because I was really only writing it because I know it will sell on Amazon~erotica. Not that I'm against erotica...I just don't like writing it. It seems cliched. Ugh...I enjoy nonfiction so much more. I love history. I love to diagram sentences~now there's a post I can really get into. I love teaching 6th grade. I love kayaking. I love dogs. I love writing lesson plans. I love to create worksheets. Ha...thanks for article.

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      MizBejabbers 2 years ago

      Bill, this is great encouragement. This writing for SEOs, etc. is for the birds, and I haven't even learned how to do it because I don't care. I had to laugh when I thought back to years ago when I spend 10 years as an ad writer. Most of the stuff was hum-drum crap about a sale or trying to drum up business in some way, but I understand the advertisers need for that. What I didn't realize was that I was passionate about doing just that. I wrote some really creative commercials that my managers said would never be aired, but the advertisers loved them. Now that's passion, don't you think! I don't think I would ever write advertising again, but it was a start.

      I was trained to write on any subject, so I literally can't hogtie myself by writing on only one subject that I happen to like. While I can see a trained writer with a passion specializing in a certain area (religion, politics, recipes, sports), there is a difference between specializing and limiting oneself. I'm glad you're explaining the difference.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Melissae, it seems to me that you are an extremely passionate person, and you have no shortage of things you could be writing about. Let your passion flow, young lady.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you MizB. I write ads and blogs for customers two days a week....I can make an ad about a salvage yard interesting simply because I have a passion for writing. Creativity is a turn on for me, and it makes no difference what the subject matter is. That's what we writers do...we make the mundane come alive.

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      Heidi Thorne 2 years ago from Chicago Area

      I've also seen work from writers that have so much passion for a topic, but not necessarily for the profession of writing. Getting the right balance between passion and profession can be difficult for sure. Voted up and sharing! Happy Weekend!

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      bradmasterOCcal 2 years ago from Orange County California

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      Passion is a double edge, as it can be good or bad depending on the presentation. I have more persistence than passion.

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      Brian Leekley 2 years ago from Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA

      Is it possible to write convincingly with faked passion?

      Is it possible to write (or do whatever) convincingly with faked passion, have material success, and feel enthralled and fulfilled?

      If no, is such success worthwhile?

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Without a doubt, Heidi. Still, if you give me the choice of a passionate writer who lacks skills, and a professional writer with no passion, I'll take the first one every time. I can teach that person to write but I can't teach passion. :) Happy weekend my talented friend.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Brad, the perfect combination...passion and persistence. Give me that and I'll be hugely successful.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Brian, I'm going to say yes, it is possible, and if all you want is financial success then I guess it is worthwhile. It's not my cup of tea, but maybe I'm strange.

      Great question and I know where you were going with it.

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      Ann Carr 2 years ago from SW England

      Definitely with you, bill. Writers without passion give passionate writers a bad name. We should all write passionately so that the message comes through.

      It's like bikers who weave through the traffic and annoy everyone, speed everywhere and cause accidents behind them; they give bikers a bad name. We need writers that make the rest of us proud, that show how important writers are.

      This is one of most important messages for writers.

      Have a wonderful weekend, bill!

      Ann

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Ann! Obviously you understand how important this is. Sometimes I feel like I'm on a one-man crusade to clean up the writing industry. It has become much too easy for a person to declare themselves a writer while ignoring all the hard work and inspiration it takes to truly deserve that designation.

      Okay, I'm off my high-horse now. Have a splendid weekend, my friend.

      bill

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Bill, I commented on this hours ago. When I clicked post it disappeared. I thought comments were now going to the top, so I went up to the top and it wasn't there, so I'll try again. I told you I have a passion for poetry, but my lazy old muse likes to take vacations. I also told you that I got a real kick out of Shauna's recipe hub about her Philly Steak . The title made me lol and she added enough cute extras that made it funny and one you wanted to try. So any kind of hub can be interesting if you have that passion. I like your passion, it shines...

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      Pennyforyourthots 2 years ago

      You have really written an awesome hub! I'm with you all the way! Bring the heart back into writing and forget about the robotic pieces out there. Where has the art of writing gone? It's still here within us, yearning for expression.

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      William Leverne Smith 2 years ago from Hollister, MO

      I'm honestly bothered by the either/or take, but otherwise I agree with your premise. Nothing is that cut and dried... there is recognizable nuance, even here.

      I feel I'm passionate about any subject I choose to write about. I don't write well, for money, because I'm not necessarily passionate about what the person with the money wants me to write about. I've tried it, it doesn't work, for me. I want to write well, but, the "craft of writing" is not something I ever have been, or ever will be, passionate about. So, I seem to fall somewhere other than "either/or" - at least, it seems to me. Thanks for stimulating our thinking on the subjects! ;-)

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Ruby, thanks for coming back and trying again. There is another of the famous HP glitches today. I had the same thing happen.

      Sha's hub was a classic and the perfect example of this. Thank you for mentioning it and for your kind words.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Bill, as always, thanks for your thoughts. I agree with you, by the way, that there is nuance and it is not cut and dried. I will exaggerate to make a point when it suits me. LOL Have a great weekend.

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      Mary Craig 2 years ago from New York

      I'm certainly with you. Perhaps it is my age or to make myself feel better, my experience, but if it isn't worth doing right it isn't worth doing at all.

      It's funny, I have been writing here for three years but it's only in the last year writing has really become a consuming passion. I'll never make a lot of money but that's okay, I'll be writing.

      Voted all but funny and shared.

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      James Bowden 2 years ago from Long Island, New York

      Billy, I'm in with you here and will be more passionate in the future, not only about what I write, but also about the writing process as a whole. Mainly because I don't want to be part of that colorful photo that you captured in the grass about midway in your article! LoL.

      And hopefully most writers after reading your article, will have already graduated beyond the paint by numbers stage.

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      Sunil Kumar Kunnoth 2 years ago from Calicut (Kozhikode, South India)

      I do have passion for writing. But as of late it is getting dwindling just because my traffic is going down terribly. Still I have some dreams and plans here. I am nearing my 3rd year here and it really is a surprise for me that I have already written 120 articles and have got a decent readership. Your post is interesting and motivating. Thank you for this hub. Keep on writing such inspiration stuff. Voted up and shared.

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Bill,

      The paint by numbers is the perfect example! LOL, good one there ...

      I love your line, "I think we need to reverse the trend and bring the heart back to the art." I think writing from the heart is key for surely there is passion in one's heart!

      Peace, love and blessings always

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Penny! I love your attitude towards writing. Now if we can win over a few more thousand with our way of thinking.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mary, I love that you have the passion, and that you want to do it right. I consider writing to be a calling and a gift, and I try to treat it as much. Thank you for sharing your thoughts.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Jim! I'm glad you found significance in that photo. LOL At least you didn't have to smell it.

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      Eric Dierker 2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      If we live in passion we shall reap such rewards including love and liberty of soul. If we live in the rule of man and not the rule of love we shall truly reap such rewards. My full treasure chest of man's desires is but an empty gong. Whereas rewards from my passion are impossible to contain.

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      Michael-Milec 2 years ago

      Hello Bill.

      An artist will perfectly say as you just did in this article: You my friend aren't a writer without calling the name.

      "Wunderbar!" At this very moment is out of my 'bailiwick' to worry about. It is not good. It's wrong and I know while I am dealing with something more powerful then myself, down deep in my spirit ( a passion?) compelling to write " this one only ." (Not for money, not for a fame or a personal gain .) For a simple conviction, it has to be written. Out there is a hungry, searching soul waiting for specific direction toward the final destination...

      After awhile , when having chance reading for the first time , dubiously asking myself : why?-when did you write that? Now, my friend ' that is to me merely what a ' passion ' might make of you...

      In search properly to answer your last line.

      Voting up and useful.

      Have great and blessed weekend.

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      Venkatachari M 2 years ago from Hyderabad, India

      Very well said, Bill! Passion is such a wonderful thing that every writer should possess. I started writing only because of my passion towards writing. But, I do not have the skills of a writer except the passion to write. I am learning to write only by going through the writings of people like you. I get mesmerised by the words that you people use and feel very great pleasure in reading such works even though I can't spare much of my time. Thanks for you're always helping hand and giving inspirations.

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      John Hansen 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Well Bill, i'm here..late as usual :0 Firstly, what perfect quotes you chose by Meg Rosoff and Maya Angelou. If we just write like those two quotes suggest we can't go far wrong. I know another writer who is a stickler for perfection and points out errors in hubs and tells you what you should have done better etc. But when I read that person's writing, despite the perfect grammar etc there is something lacking. They don't write from the heart. Too much time is spent being perfect that the passion is lost. Wonderful food for thought here in your writing as always.

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      Mary Norton 2 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I have to confess that before I read your hubs, I wrote only to keep busy. I had nothing better to do. But from your hubs, I am learning how to write well and getting more in touch with my inner self, my inner voice and my passion.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sunilkunnoth, views of your articles should never extinguish your passion. We write because we have to write. Of course it would be nice of more people read us, but the real reason we write is because we love to write. Power through the disappointment and keep writing, my friend.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Faith. I was hoping someone would like the paint by numbers reference. LOL That was my best line all week and I think you're the only one to mention it. Sigh!

      Have a great week and blessings to you always

      bill

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Wow, Eric, you should have written this instead of me. Beautiful comment, my friend, and I thank you for it.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Michael my friend, you stated it perfectly...a simple conviction...it has to be written....that sums it up perfectly but then, I am not surprised that you did so.

      Peace be with you this weekend, MIchael.

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      Jackie Lynnley 2 years ago from The Beautiful South

      I think we all know when we have put our heart into something or not or write with passion. It is a shame when we let so much time go by and not at least try it occasionally. It is a great feeling for sure when we take the time for this. Great reminder!

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      Kristen Howe 2 years ago from Northeast Ohio

      Great hub Bill on finding your writing passion. Great advice. After a year of no writing and some editing, I wish I can regain that passion for writing again, since I've had a blank mind with no brewing ideas of late.

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      Bill De Giulio 2 years ago from Massachusetts

      Hi Bill. I hope my passion for travel and adventure comes through in my writing? The passion is certainly there, although I constantly wonder if those reading my articles can feel it. Perhaps it's a good thing to never get complacent with this and to constantly be striving to improve. Great hub Bill.

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      Lawrence Hebb 2 years ago from Hamilton, New Zealand

      The best book I read on the art of writing was written by Stephen King. One of the things he said about writing is that after you write your first draft leave it alone for a while. When it looks 'like an alien from the planet zorg' then it's time to go back to it. If the passion is there it'll shine through and you can work on the technical stuff. I'm not as good as I'd like on the technical stuff of writing, but I want the passion and try only to write on stuff "that's burning a way out of me and into the articles"

      Great hub. Voted up and shared

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      Linda Crampton 2 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      You've shared some more great advice in this hub, Bill. Passion about the subject matter or the craft of writing is so important for a writer, as you have described so well.

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      travmaj 2 years ago from australia

      Hi Bill - you certainly know how to motivate. No way I want to identify with that photo so I'm conjuring up the passion - thank you once more..

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      Nadine May 2 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      You are so correct about having a passion for writing. Often Robin and I are truly sad when our authors stop writing anything at all, not even articles on their topic, after we have published their book. I do try to encourage Robin to write some articles for hubpages, but so far all he likes doing is formatting ebooks for other authors, mine included. He keeps asking me for chapter 17 of the housewife sage. My problem is that I have a passion for many creative things besides writing! Voted up and shared.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Venkatachari M, for the kind words. That's how I learned to write, reading the works of writers before me and trying to learn the craft by reading their words.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Great point, John, and I totally agree with you. I don't know who you are talking about, but I have seen other writers correcting others, and yet their writing is lacking that special quality. Anyway, thank you and Happy Sunday evening to you.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Aesta, that is a beautiful compliment and I thank you very much.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      It really is, Jackie. I love the feeling of exposing my heart through words. Thank you and have a marvelous Sunday.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Kristen and I hope you regain that passion as well. I look forward to the result.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Bill, let me put your mind at ease...your passion shows in your travel articles. There, we got that out of the way. :)

      Happy Sunday my friend and thank you.

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      Sandra Joy Eastman 2 years ago from Robbinsdale MN

      Bill I think this is my third comment on this hub. I am really passionate about answering each of your hubs. However I get so wrapped up in what I'm doing I forget to hit the send button. Wow what a loser I am. If you have an answer from me before and I can't see it Sorry for the duplication. Guess just too much on my mind. As always your advice is well taken and treasured. Great job as always. Have a wonderful weekend.

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      Nithya Venkat 2 years ago from Dubai

      I agree with you, writing without passion is definitely not going to get us recognized as writers. The passion should stand out and shine through to get the reader to keep coming back for more. Great hub. Voted up.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sandra, that's been happening a lot lately on HP. Comments are disappearing. I did see one from you, and I responded...I don't know what the heck is happening. Anyway, thanks for returning.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Vellur. I feel good knowing so many writers agree with me.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you lawrence. I've read that book and it is awesome, and I totally agree with Mr. King and have followed his advice on my novels.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you as always, Alicia. I just can't imagine writing without passion....the last time I did that was a term paper in college.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Maj! I've gotten a lot of mileage out of that one picture. LOL

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Nadine, thanks for sharing that and I agree...that is sad. It sounds like you and Robin make a perfect pair. :)

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      Debra Allen 2 years ago from West By God

      I write with passion. When I start it just flows from my head to my fingers. I did at one time pay someone to get me keywords and I did use them. I found that it did not better than just writing. Many have told me that they like my style. I just write what comes.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Debra, in the end, the one person we absolutely must please is ourselves....if you are happy then that's all that counts.

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      Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon 2 years ago from United Kingdom

      By your definition, I would have to say I have a passion for writing. I love creating new worlds and populating them with characters that live, love and laugh. And, occasionally argue. After all, without a bit of conflict, these would be dull worlds indeed. I want to be able to write stories that even I still like after endless editing and revisions. The work itself can be frustrating. But I've learned that the most engaging and pleasing things are the ones that take the most work and time. I guess that's what a labour of love is. If we don't have passion, then what's the point?

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      Frank Atanacio 2 years ago from Shelton

      what I enjoy about your challenges.. is that the challenge.. you task writers to write what they know.. and I agree your little assignments have spun wonderful writes from folks whom I never expected to write as such.. hmm have a good week my friend

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Zulma, to answer your last question, to me, there would be no point. You described the process well. I thought I was done with the final edit and then realized there was more I needed to add to clearly define my character. I'm beginning to think this novel will never be done. :)

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Frank, I've noticed the same things. I have been pleasantly surprised by some of the responses to the challenges, and I love that.

      Happy Tuesday, Frank!

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      Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon 2 years ago from United Kingdom

      However long the novel takes, I'm sure it will be well worth the wait.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks Zulma. Oddly, I'm not in a hurry. I want this one to be close to perfect.

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      Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon 2 years ago from United Kingdom

      Only close? ;)

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Well, maybe very close, Zulma. :)

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      Lesleysherwood 2 years ago

      I do sometimes wonder whether to drink some alcohol before I write and then proofread the next day. Only joking, but seriously, it seems to work with musical artists. I'm not sure if my passion is evident. I do know that I have a passion to write. I like to think it shows through.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Lesley, you're talking to an alcoholic, so that drinking thing before writing might not work too well for me. LOL It's good to see you again...thank you for stopping by, my friend.

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      Debra Allen 2 years ago from West By God

      OMG! Do not drink or consume anything like that! Just go outside and take a few (three or more) deep breaths through your nose and then release the air out through your mouth slowly.

      Best thing to clear your mind!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks Debra....are you talking about alcohol??? If so, no worries. It's been eight years of sobriety for me and I don't see it ever happening again.

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      Debra Allen 2 years ago from West By God

      Yes and other drugs and stuff. Good for you!!! I don't need drugs or drink to get me to wehre I want to be. I get high on life and that is enough for me....sometimes too much! hahaha

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      Lesleysherwood 2 years ago

      Good point Bill. I think I could easily slip down that road too. Thanks for welcoming me back btw. I've come full circle and am back to being Lesley. LOL

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Well, Lesley, I for one am happy to hear that. :) Now stay in touch, please.

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      Lesleysherwood 2 years ago

      Definitely!!!

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      Devika Primić 2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Writers create their own worlds and in time know what they want. Valuable points here.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I'm glad, Lesley!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Very well-stated, DDE. In time they know what they want...very true.

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      manatita44 2 years ago from london

      'Writing is an art form, and art is part of heart, and that’s what is missing in so writings today.'

      Yes, Bro, so true. Passion is necessary. Energy, zeal, enthusiasm, dynamism, vibrancy, creativity and zest would go a long way indeed! Tell it as it is, Bro. Carry on!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I'm trying, Manatita, a little bit at a time..carrying the banner for excellence in writing.

      Thanks, bro

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      Anna Haven 2 years ago from Scotland

      Personality pours into the written words a writer shares whatever their medium. Whether it be fiction or fact the writer yields a little bit of their own soul in every time.

      You describe it perfectly. Passion isn't static or flat but a living and vibrant force which drives us on.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Anna, I think you just did a far better job of describing it than I did. Nicely stated my friend, and I thank you for it.

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      Lawrence Hebb 2 years ago from Hamilton, New Zealand

      Just been reading some of the comments here and I need to say thank you to everyone who wrote as there's so much good stuff here. Thank you

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Lawrence, seriously, I have some great followers who really know their stuff. Thank you for the kind words.

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      Peg Cole 2 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      It's all been said here and I truly agree. From the first few words it's easy to tell if someone is really into their writing. Passion is certainly the word for it, Billybuc.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks for the visit, Peg. I appreciate you stopping by this weekend.

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      Victor W. Kwok 2 years ago from Hawaii

      I remain pulled to writing, Bill!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      vkwok, it shows in your work. Keep on keeping on, my friend.

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      Deb Hirt 2 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      I think my comment got lost Billy, and I can't recall what I originally said. It would have been along the lines that unless we show passion, our inner core will be lacking something in our words, and it will either show it, or not.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Deb, thanks for coming back. There have been problems with comments of late, and i appreciate you returning.

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      Patricia Scott 2 years ago from sunny Florida

      Clearly YOURS, is Bill...and that why I come back as often as I can to see what you are up to, what you are sharing that I KNOW I will want to read from beginning to end. My test of a passionate writer is if they produce a piece that I wish to read from beginning to end.....even if I heartily disagree. If the passion is there, I read on. And that, my Friend, is what I find here...you write about what I care about...and then some...

      As for me, I do write about things I am passionate about and hope that comes through in my work.

      Many blessings and Angels are winging their way out to you and yours today It is gorgeous in Florida...trying TRYING to be Spring.

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      Voted up ++++ and shared

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      PS, thank you for the kind words. When I started out writing I wanted to be a passionate writer...to write about important matters and to stir people and make them at least think about life....I appreciate you telling me I'm on the right track.

      blessings, hugs and the love of friendship heading your way

      bill

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 2 years ago

      I really do enjoy writing the types of things I do. I am more passionate about some projects than others, but when I'm done writing and I'm reading it I usually like the outcome. It's funny because I keep this book with all potential projects in it, but I usually end up writing about something that just pops into my mind. Many times those are the better articles.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Glimmer, I doubt I'll ever fully understand the creative process, but I love your last comment. The spur-of-the-moment ideas I have are usually my best. Thanks for mentioning that.

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