Shouldn’t a writer have a passion for writing?
Not necessarily, though it helps if the writer is a voracious reader and at enjoys at least one or more of the aspects of writing.
I wasn’t passionate about writing when I began. I simply wanted to earn money working at home and, since I love reading, becoming a writer was the first thing I considered.
But I was smart enough to go about it as a professional. I did my homework before putting down one single word on paper. I researched what kinds of writing existed and, out of those kinds that paid enough to be worth doing, which could I do? Then, when I had my answers, I took a course in creative writing and put the seat of my pants to the seat of my chair and set to work and became a professional writer.
I’m still doing it and, even though I never was passionate about writing itself, I find that I enjoy it enough that even if I don’t get paid (and most writers will attest to the fact that they do a lot of freebies) I do it because by now, though I’ll never be actually passionate about writing, I know how to do it and am proud of the fact that I am a professional and can do it well.
And I love that I can write stories that I’d like to read. The kind that I love and that no one else can write exactly as I’d like them to be written. That’s a huge ‘extra’ that all writers enjoy.
Do you know someone who struggles to write but continues anyway?