A little help from dictionary.com
Passion[ pash–uhn ] noun
- any powerful or compelling emotion or feeling, as love or hate.
- strong amorous feeling or desire; love; affection.
- strong sexual desire; lust.
- an instance or experience of strong love or sexual desire.
- a person toward whom one feels strong love or sexual desire.
- a strong or extravagant fondness, enthusiasm, or desire for anything: a passion for music
Passion is an all-consuming, reckless, wonderful feeling. This, however, isn’t necessarily lust or obsession. Now all three of these emotions are defined as strong desires but they aren’t the same. Passion is the most positive of the three. It is linked with ardor, enthusiasm, love, and can lead to lust.
I have a passion for a good cuppa and nibble. I make wonderful pots of coffee with enthusiasm and love. You’re welcome. Come, and enjoy my love for this magical brew. What nibble will I have, you ask? Well, friend, I am leaning toward vanilla yogurt and granola…mixed together. Delish. What about you? Whatcha gonna nibble on? Well, grab your fresh cuppa, that nibble you are eyeing, and your copy of Creating Character Emotions by Ann Hood. Meet us out on the reading rug and tuck in.
Passion and obsession, what do they have in common? These emotions run deep and are wicked strong when they take hold. These feelings can become overwhelming for the person/character having them. As writers we must remember the differences between the two when writing their emotions.
How? Well, according to the book it is recommended that you find the nonsexual things people can hold passion for. Think about the things in your life you are passionate about but have no sexual feelings for. Can you guess one of mine? Yup, writing. Oh! You were thinking about coffee, right? True. 😊 My passion for coffee is different than an obsession. If I were obsessed, it would show itself in a more intense way. Like, unhealthy actions. I’m not there my friends. I just like a good cuppa or three.
Okay, when you write passion keep in mind that passion is the more grounded of these emotions. Passion gives us firm ground to walk on that can separate us from others. An example of this is when someone excels at their job, school, and sports. Now, if your characters passion is all encompassing it can make the character feel as if nothing else matters in life. Think about an athlete that has an injury that ends their career. Some do not handle it well because all they had in their life was the sport. This is when passion goes wrong.
Okay, time to write the words…but make them good words – ☹
- All I wanted was…
- All I thought about was…
- All I needed was…
- BARF. Do better.
- Show the passion- he fell to his knees and screamed her name into the night’s sky.
- The scene from Rocky when he screams ‘Adrian.’
- I beat the curser across the screen. My fingers flew across the keyboard leaving behind a flood of words. There was a story in me fighting to get out.
- Make a list of all the passions in your life and then a list of your obsessions. The goal is to learn and see the difference between the two.
- Write one page describing your first real love. – this is to explore these emotions through your own experiences.
- How does passion ‘look’ to you? A speeding train? An artist throwing paint on a canvas? What does it look like? Write it. The goal here is to view and explain these emotions in a physical way.
Until next time friends…
Please remember that I am not trying to write this book for you word for word. I am skipping a lot of detail. I highly suggest you purchase the book and read between the lines.
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