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Write With PASSION!

April 29, 2022

My daughter is a writer.

She writes on a public platform. She called me today.

Dad, my story is rated #8 out of 1.7K! I also just broke up with my boyfriend. That’s was rough, but this helped make it a better day.

I explained that the two are connected. As a writer to put passion into a story you have to be able to feel that passion yourself.

Does that seem just a little nuts?

Yeah, to me too.

I’m not saying that a writer had to experience every emotion, or every situation that they want to write about, but passion, real heartfelt emotion, can best be described from personal experience.

I can imagine what it’s like to die. And in fact, if I want to write a death scene, all I can really do is imagine what it would be like. But, if I want to write about losing someone. If I want to write about the emotions you feel when someone dies?

My sister passed away unexpectedly a couple years ago. It hit me very hard. Even now, two years later the emotions are still kind of raw. I had a grandson die at eight months in utero. Those emotions are very near the surface still.

I’ve been madly in love with the same woman for 35 years. I can write about loyalty, fidelity, love.

I’ve also been fired at times. It was terrible. The feeling of helplessness. The feeling of loss. The feelings of failure.

As a writer, those feeling are gold. But, they are gold that the writer had to mine from his (or her) own soul. It’s really expensive gold.

My daughter is learning to mine it.

Stay safe

Rodney M Bliss is an author, columnist and IT Consultant. His blog updates every weekday. He lives in Pleasant Grove, UT with his lovely wife, thirteen children and grandchildren. Order Miscellany II, an anthology including his latest short story, “The Mercy System” here

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