Ignore the working out aspect of this quote (unless you’re also into that) and think on what the words mean. Where do you spend this kind of energy?
Is it on your writing (or other form of art)?
I know I don’t always put such passion into my work, as any artist knows, not all days encourage such intensity of emotion, but most days, we should have it.
As a “yet to be professional” screenwriter, I’m passionate about everything I write because they are the stories I want to tell. It’s my hope, in time, I will have the opportunity to feel this same intensity on a professional level. Because if we’re not passionate about our art, then why are we doing it?
It’s a thankless path for the most part, well, at least until we “make it”. It’s hard and it’s lonely and nobody cares about our struggles – their concern is for the final result, so we have to have passion.
I spoke with a fellow writer once who wanted to give up. They hadn’t had any success and just didn’t feel the drive to continue. My advice was to take a break and see if they missed it. Like a relationship, which is pretty much what it is, a little perspective via distance can help a great deal. Hopefully, a little time away will reignite the fire, but if not, they won’t waste any more precious time on something that doesn’t spark such emotion.
Because I believe that this is something we all want to find – something that drives us, something that we’re willing to give up sleep for, and let our minds wander off to…
So tell me. What are you passionate about write now? 😉