Whether you are a fledgling writer (just drying your feathers so you can fly) or an experienced eagle-author (whose books soar into the headlines with ease), I believe there is a key that will unlock even more writing abilities for you beyond developing additional skills and techniques. This key is labeled: PASSION. It unlocks the door to discovering the passions that drive us to write what we write. When that happens—throughout the writers lifetime—we experience vision elements that pave the way to developing the next book, and the next.
What does this quality of Impassioned Vision look like?
- Clarity concerning the mission and/or purpose to what we write.
- Focused research that will provide more details on the subject matter.
- Connection to other writers, researchers, inspired scientists and thinkers.
- New perspectives that will challenge current thinking and cause us the build and rebuild our own viewpoints (and the various views of our characters).
Although I’ve yet to read every book by Author Anne Lamott, she continues to be one of my favorite writers. Even though some might call her more of a political activist, I enjoy her honesty and impassioned style which has, time-after-time, touched the lives of readers and challenged them to look deeper within.
Ms. Lamott has published a book titled: Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life. Many of her statements inspire me and, yes, some confuse me a bit. However, what Lamott talks about in this book indicates to me that she’s utilizing this impassioned vision key. Her words in the following quote—speaking directly to all writers—are so beautifully written that I must share it:
And so it is, my friends, that I encourage every writer out there to “build your sand castles!” Dig deep to discover your very personal impassioned visions! Weave your passions, your perspectives, your “Aha” moments with research and imagination into every manuscript page. Let your stories be told with sharpened telescopic vision through the characters—the “people”—whose passions must be heard.
Then PUBLISH! If you have a publisher-in-waiting, review the contract and sign. If not, don’t be fearful of the self-publishing marketplace. It is growing by-the-minute and offering authors partnerships with creative consultants, marketing specialists and so much more. ⚓︎
|ABOUT ROYALENE DOYLE: Royalene has been writing something since before kindergarten days and continues to love the process. Through her small business—DOYLE WRITING SERVICES—she brings more than 40 years of writing experience to authors who need “just a little assistance” with completing their projects. This is a nice fit as she develops these blogs for Outskirts Press (OP) a leading self-publisher, and occasionally accepts a ghostwriting project from one of their clients. Her recent book release (with OP) titled FIREPROOF PROVERBS, A Writer’s Study of Words, is already receiving excellent reviews including several professional writer’s endorsements given on the book’s back cover.
Royalene’s writing experience grew through a wide variety of positions from Office Manager and Administrative Assistant to Teacher of Literature and Advanced Writing courses and editor/writer for an International Christian ministry. Her willingness to listen to struggling authors, learn their goals and expectations and discern their writing voice has brought many manuscripts into the published books arena.