I have wanted to write since my early teens. I thought I was passionate about writing; I may have been wrong.
Using a word over much tends to muddy the definition; I looked up the word Passion:
- Strong feeling or emotion (singularly vague)
- The trait of being intensely emotional (drama queen?)
- Something that is desired intensely (I’ve many desires, not all good and it sounds like I am taking away rather than giving)
- An irrational but irresistible motive for a belief or action (irrational…Webster read my stuff)
- A feeling of strong sexual desire (refer to #3)
- Any object of warm affection or devotion (I’d rather it be hot than warm)
French from Latin passio (suffering), passus (suffered), pati (suffer) (again, they’ve really read my stuff).
I have dropped passionate as a descriptor for writing (verb). Instead, I find enthusiasm more appropriate. It is defined thusly:
- A feeling of excitement (on the rare occasions I can successfully string two sentences together, I do get excited)
- Overflowing with eager enjoyment or approval (you know how you feel when you finish a piece and its almost good)
- A lively interest (if writing isn’t this, why write?)
From Middle French-enthousiasme, from Greek-enthousiasmos, “be inspired” from entheos, “inspired, possessed by a god” from en-“in” theos-“god”.
May you always be Enthusiastic about your writing and may the madness of your “possession” carry you to heights and wonders, as yet, unimaginable.