Writing with Passion

Apologies for the blog being a few days later than usual. But I used the topic below on one of my classes this week and I didn’t want them to have a sneak preview. 

The topic is PASSION.178865612_faeecb4c56_b
Strong emotion or enthusiasm
Any powerful or compelling emotion
The highest level of obsession
Being invested in something or someone
A combination of love and hatred
Something you can’t stop doing
Something or  someone who can rule your life

 Passion can be applied both

  • to you as a writer – how passionate are you? What are the topics you are passionate about?
  • to your characters – what are they passionate about? what do they really, really want? what drives them to be the characters you want them to be?

What is Scarlett O’Hara passionate about in Gone With The Wind? Tara (& Ashley Wilkes)Vivien_Leigh_Scarlet
Which dance is generally thought to be the most passionate? Argentine Tango
What is Mrs Bennett’s passion in Pride and Prejudice? Getting her daughters married
What is Jean Brodie’s passion in The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie? Her girls

Certain professions seem to lean towards passion:

Doctors, to save lives
Lawyers, to win cases
Police, to uphold the law
Teachers, to educate

But for every character who is passionate about something or someone, there has to be a reason as to WHY they are passionate.

The doctor may have a disabled sibling they want to help.
The detective might be driven by a personal case he/she has never solved.
The teacher might come from a poor village where a good education wasn’t an option or had to be paid for.

 If you are not passionate about your stories, why should your readers be?

Here are a couple of websites that offer further reading on the subject of PASSION.

First one here
And the second here

In the writing prompts this month, I’ve suggested an exercise to explore PASSION in your characters.


I’m making a concerted effort to stop using exclamation marks since learning that President Trump has used 9241 since he started tweeting, including 3660 last year alone. Here’s the full story and comment from Craig Brown of the Daily Mail.

It’s just too easy, isn’t it? Make a statement and then let your reader know it’s surprising, outrageous, unusual, more than interesting, extreme etc with just a punctuation mark. If your writing needs an exclamation mark, it’s not in the writing.IMG_5780

I used to use exclamation marks all the time, particularly on postcards (remember those?) and then in emails.

No more.

The only exclamation marks I’m allowing myself are this set of printer’s blocks that someone gave me, possibly as a hint. (I’m sure there’s something missing at the end of that sentence but what?)

And finally this month, what do you think these words have in common?

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Amazingly, ALL these words are being REMOVED from
The Oxford Junior Dictionary. The reason? To make way for modern technology terms, such as Blog, chatroom and attachment. The full story is in the Guardian here

Happy Writing – don’t forget to go the Prompts and Competitions pages.








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