I know I’ve talked about writing with passion on previous occasions, but I want to revisit it this week.
There’s been a recurring theme with my Facebook writing communities these past few days, and in a few other articles I’ve read—a writer needs to write with passion.
Conventional writing advice says to write what you know. I don’t always agree with that, and I’ve said so, but I’ve realised I do follow it because what I know is my passion for certain things, places, and people. When you’re passionate about something you tend to want to know more about it and you learn all you can. It doesn’t mean you know everything or always have, it means you feel it.
And what better to focus my writing on than something I feel passionate about?
I’ve always known that I write about law enforcement and the military because of my past life in the Army Reserve and Air Force. My recent visits to the Pentagon and Arlington Cemetery reinforced that. Dramatically. I felt passionate about both places. It spoke to something deep inside that I hadn’t realised still existed. It reminded me of the community, the family of the defence force that bound me to my fellow service personnel. Nostalgia? Possibly. Whatever it was, I felt it.
I’ve started what I currently refer to a random writing—writing with no real purpose other than to let out the story growing in my mind. I have no intention of publishing it or letting anyone else read it. The story is of course, based around what I feel passionate about, and that’s what I know. I feel this story, and with that comes freedom and inspiration. I loving it, and who knows what come from the release of my creative juices!
I never liked the rule, write what you know, because to me writing rules restrict my writing. It’s not turned out that way. My stories have all been about what I know, and they've all come from my imagination and my emotions. Maybe I’m not the rule breaker I thought I was!
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