What? I Can Write! Passion, Engagement and Imagination


Passion, Engagement and Imagination 

“A man may write at any time, if he will set himself doggedly to it.” —Samuel Johnson

Have you ever been moved by something you read and thought, "I wish I could write like that"? Who says you can't?  Many qualities define a writer, but let's start with three essential qualities that we will explore in greater detail in future posts.

First, a writer needs passion. What excites you? What do you care about most? What inspires you to get out of bed every morning? What gets your blood flowing and your mind working? Writers write from the passion of their heart. Identify your passion; it is the wellspring from which your words will flow.

Secondly, a writer needs engagement. If you want to write effectively you must deliberately engage the world around you. A wise man once said, "The hearing ear and the seeing eye, God has made them both.” Use the five senses God has given you. Be observant. Listen to the rhythms of nature and the cadences of human speech. Pay attention not only to people's words but also their gestures, facial expressions, and body language. Read widely and regularly. All good writers are also readers, and effective writers actively engage their world on a daily basis.

Thirdly, a writer needs imagination. Writers are creators and a healthy imagination is the lifeblood of creativity. Don't be afraid to dream. Unshackle your mind. Loose your thoughts and let them take you to new and unexpected places. This is another reason why you need to read. Reading nourishes your imagination the way food nourishes your body.

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