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JoAnn Ross on the Passion for Writing (@JoAnnRoss)

Monday, April 21, 2014

Excerpt From Part 8 (“Being Passionate about the Craft”) of Chapter 1 “A Portrait of a Novelist” in The 101 Habits of Highly Successful Novelists (ed. Andrew McAleer)

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I firmly believe in the “three P” philosophy of writing: passion, patience, and persistence. I also believe that of the three, passion is the most important. It’s passion for storytelling that gives us our purpose, drives us to learn, and keeps us working, long after publication, to master our craft.

Passion is what keeps us writing through the difficult times (and all writers have them!). It’s the passion shining through in our stories that makes people we’ll probably never meet want to read them. It’s passion that pushes us to the edge, which is a place where we writers sometimes need to be. As Kurt Vonnegut said, “I want to stay as close to the edge as I can without going over. Out on the edge, you see all kinds of things you can’t see from the center.”

Conversely, lack of passion will also show in your work. And most important, if you don’t have a burning passion for writing, how can you expect anyone else to be moved by what you write?

~JoAnn Ross
(quoted from pg. 17)

About the book:
Learn from the MASTERS!

In The 101 Habits of Highly Successful Novelists, more than fifty of the greatest fiction writers of our time show you how they practice their craft. You’ll gain insight into every aspect of fiction writing, including:

Coming up with ideas
Knowing what makes a great story
Developing dialogue
Overcoming writer’s block
Creating a pitch synopsis
Promoting yourself

The 101 Habits of Highly Successful Novelists is a “who’s who” of today’s great fiction writers that will quickly become your most trusted writing companion!

Work Cited:

Ross, JoAnn. Quoted in “Being Passionate about the Craft” in The 101 Habits of Highly Successful Novelists. Andrew McAleer, ed. Avon, MA: Adams Media, 2008. 3–20. Print.

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