Hi, SEers. You’re with Mae today. I hope you’ll forgive me while I ramble. As writers we’re lucky we get to do something we enjoy—creating stories. No one makes us sit down at a keyboard and pour our heart into a world we populate with twists and turns for characters who live in our heads.
Okay, so maybe your muse spurs you on, but your muse is your creativity. The voice inside you that won’t be silenced, that insists on expressing himself or herself with every click of the keyboard or stroke of the pen. Writing is your passion but is it your only intense interest?
Writers often find ways to combine the elements they love. Some are obvious—you could say Stephen King likes creepy stuff. Not a stretch, right? Others are more subtle. Many romance authors admit to having fallen in love with fairy tales as a child. The same could be said for writers of fantasy, and I’m willing to bet the moon landings inspired more than one author of science-fiction.
But let’s move beyond genre and focus on story. When you’re infatuated with something, it isn’t difficult to weave it into your plot. I built an entire series around the Mothman and the history, and folklore surrounding the collapse of the Silver Bridge in Point Pleasant, West Virginia in 1967. I enjoy folklore in general, especially legends related to cryptids, but the Mothman, Men-in-Black, and the UFO Flap of 1967 stirred me to go beyond general interest and devote years to research. I not only spun all of that passion into my Point Pleasant Series, but I used the knowledge I gained to give presentations on the subject, including one for which I was a paid speaker.
Staci Troilo of Story Empire has an abiding passion for her Italian heritage and wove its rich history into her Medici Protectorate Series. Joan Hall also of Story Empire has a deep fascination for lunar folklore and legends. She incorporated that passion in the plot of her novel, Cold Dark Night. Jan Sikes, another SE author, enjoys exploring the metaphysical, including rune divination which she employed in the plot of her White Rune Series.
Judi Lynn, an author friend, loves to cook. She’s found ways to weave that passion into three of her cozy mystery series, particularly her Jazzy Zanders books and even goes so far as to include recipes at the end. Marcia Meara, another dear friend is deliriously passionate about wildlife in her home state of Florida. Well, wildlife in general, but you can get a big dose of the Florida variety in Swamp Ghosts, book one in her Riverbend Series.
Do you see a pattern here? This isn’t a case of write what you know. It’s a case of write what you’re passionate about. We are often asked what advice we would give to new authors who are just venturing into writing and publishing. Write what you’re passionate about is my foremost recommendation.
So, tell me… is it’s something you do? Something you’ve employed in one or more of your published works? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below.
Ready, set, go!