How can a writer expect readers to be excited about a novel unless the writer feels the same passion? Does enthusiasm for story mean having passion for every word?
Absolutely! Every grueling step of the process must be met with a committed spirit. Passion for Firewall kept me spellbound, as though the world around me had stopped while I wrote the novel.
Research captured me with intrigue and emotion. Firewall challenged me in discovering the life of a software developer and the life of an FBI special agent. At times I wanted to quit when terminology and protocol went beyond my understanding.
Passion for my characters motivated me to deepen characterization and establish backstory to support their actions. The thrill of story meant discovering the strengths, weaknesses, triumphs, failures and challenges of every point of view character. Some of the psychological aspects forced me to venture into dark areas of the villain’s life, in places I didn’t want to be.
Passion for my home city Houston helped me choose settings that were antagonistic to the hero and heroine. Those challenges helped my characters grow and change into better people while solving problems.
Passion for each scene stretched me to write realistic dialogue. The goal of what my characters said used body language, specific word choices, and appropriate emotion unique to the character.
Passion for the story urged me to make unpredictable twists and turns in a plot that showed a woman who’d been stalked because of her ability to develop software with a unique firewall protection and the FBI agent who believed she was innocent of a terrible tragedy.
What about you? Are you passionate about your profession? What draws your interest in your day-to-day activities?
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