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Passion Blinded- #21 in (Un)Common Writing Strategies

Tom Kubrak

Passion Blinded= Not being able to clearly see what’s going on around us because we are deeply invested into another area of our lives. Being engaged in our work so heavily that we fail to see what’s happening in all the other areas of our lives

It’s okay to be passionate about something but what’s not okay, is being so passionate about something that it damages the people and things in our lives.

When I first started writing I would write for hours every single day. I would write stories about the people I had met on the streets and I would also write some life strategies for myself.

I became so invested into my work that I was actually leaving work early and intentionally cutting my hours at my odd jobs in order to write these stories that I wasn’t getting paid anything for. I was making just enough for food and to pay rent.

It wasn’t until after I finished these stories did I realize what I had just done. Sometimes I realized it before I was done, because something came up where I needed some money; and I didn’t have any of that.

THE PROBLEM

The problem was that I was “Passion Blinded” which, as someone who is solely responsible for his household is a disaster. But…I didn’t know that because I was passion-blinded.

Being passion-blinded can be good, but if you don’t try to see the bigger picture a few times during the process, then it can have disastrous consequences. In this post I’m not going to go into the consequences it had on my life, but I will ask you a couple things?

  • What do you love outside of your writing?
  • Who would you do anything for that you would be devastated if they/it was out of the picture in your life?
  • What do you like to do when you’re not writing?
  • What helps out with your writing?
  • Who has helped you become a better writer?
  • Who has supported you along the way?(not financially but emotionally/spiritually has been there for you)
  • How did you get to where you are now?

Now ask yourself this…are you willing to lose or forget all of that?

To be honest…I don’t think there’s a right or wrong answer for this, but you have to find out what you want and how you’re going to get it.

Sometimes that means some big sacrifices and other times that means you have to open your eyes before you lose something/someone who you really need.

So I encourage you to think…”How long can I be passion-blinded for? Have I ever been passion-blinded and what were the consequences? What were the rewards? How can I have balance when I am in this stage next time.

OUR STORIES

As writers…when we find a story that is so gripping it touches our souls in a way that is indescribable; we can’t help but begin. I think…it’s about controlling that feeling and realizing that that story is still going to be there, but it’s up to us not react out of passion, but out of intelligence.

CREATING A PLAN

We must create a plan on how to attack our stories and how to attack our writing careers.

In the beginning it’s going to be hard not to be passion-blinded(like me). It’s sometimes hard to escape our point of view at the time but it’s important, always, to step back from our work and ask,’what else is going on that needs my attention?’

You will be a more productive writer if all the other BS in our lives is taken care of.

It’s okay to be passionate, but it’s not a good idea to be passionate and blinded to what else needs our attention.

“If passion drives you then let reason hold the reins.” -Benjamin Franklin


By- Tom Kubrak

Email- th.kubrak@gmail.com

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