Are you happy? I mean, really happy? It’s one thing to write, it’s another thing to write on topics we enjoy every day. When a writer is truly happy and enjoys what he or she does, it shows. When a writer is simply going through the motions and writing for the paycheck and little else, that shows too. I’m not saying it’s wrong, just that most readers can sense passion in the writing. When there’s no passions, a writer is simply putting out another product.
I think passion is the key to success, as many successful people will attest. Passion allows us to share from the heart, rather than the finger tips. Passion allows us to paint a picture with our words, instead of merely stringing words together on a page. Passion drives us farther than a paycheck ever will. Passion is the difference between a best-selling byline and getting by. Passion is what gets us out of bed early instead of hitting the snooze button over and over again.
Product is a finished piece of writing. We’re not emotionally attached to it one way or another. Our clients paid us to write about this topic and we did. It’s a good piece of writing and will be well received but it’s missing heart.
There’s nothing wrong with churning out a product. As writers we do it every day. Not all of us are able to write about our passion every day. Many of us have to start out writing about undesirable topics as we get a foot in the door. To me, “making it” as a writer doesn’t always have to do with how much money I earn, it has to do with writing and blogging my passion each and every day.
I’m willing to bet if you hire two writers to craft an article on the same exact topic and one writer is passionate about the topic while the other is emotionally detached, you’ll find a big difference in the writing. Passion shows through.
What’s your passion? Does it show through in your writing?