A writer has to connect with what she's passionate about. Yes, we can do assignment writing; we can shape our words to make them more marketable and popular. But at the heart of any truly creative work must be desire and honest caring.
Your heart needs to race sometimes, and your mind needs to be overrun with beautiful chaos. Passion releases all sorts of dreams, struggles, and even chemicals within you. While under the influence of passion, you're willing to do battle over what is flat-out important. When passion thrums your nervous system, reality can open up suddenly and with great clarity.
Passion makes you impatient with the petty. Passion quells your hesitation to pose questions. Passion leads you down deep and complicated passages of the soul, on journeys you must take if you are to learn anything at all.
So, please, in the midst of all the work you're doing, make time to write from your hungry and excitable center. Make yourself stop and get quiet until you can hear that interior song that breaks you in two at the very moment you are spontaneously uttering breathless praises to God, heaven, the angels, a plum tree . . .
Write what stimulates your hopes. Write what haunts your late afternoons. Write what inspires the tears that choke and sting.
Write what blasts through in gasps of laughter, and in the soft ache of relief.
Blessings on your loves and your right-now living.
Copyright 2009 Vinita Wright