Writers and authors, especially those who are creative, must relay what they’re passionate about. One, it’s another technique an author can use to engage the reader and for another, will find their niche market. When you write about your passion, you’re sure to get repeat customers and readers again and again. You’ve hooked your niche market.
Today, I’m laying out how to write about your passions in creative writing. Some of these, you may already be doing, but take a look at how each element contributes to your passion in your work.
Your readers will thank you and your market will continue to grow. Read on for four major elements in your work you should target in every single work, targeting everything you’re passionate on.
Your book’s or books’ themes are going to shine with your passion. Think of the message you’re creating with your work.
Many of your messages will be elements you’re passionate about.
Let’s take a look at Northern Knights and some of the themes dictating the work. Here are a few:
- Libertarian Values: While the nonaggression principle isn’t a key theme here, about every other principle is. Individual liberty, private property, sound currency, and nonintervention are mentioned time and again in this new adult urban fantasy text.
- Friendship: One of the common elements in the work is friendship. Cain’s rarely seen without his friends in one or another capacity and he’s with a different number of friends in every scene. Also, the sports subplot displays Cain and his friends’ chemistry, and of course, the climactic scene does the same.
- Diversity: I feature a diverse cast of friends, all of whom have different interests. In one instance, Cain befriends a kind and talented native girl named Savannah, inviting her into their friend group, where I tap a little into the racial tensions we still see today. Despite Cain’s arrogance, he’s particularly fond of Savannah. As for the rest of the cast, Cain’s friends come from different social classes, have different interests, and of course, personalities, which I’ll tap into next.
Ensure your message is full of theme from cover to cover. What I talk about next will allow you to mold individual elements into one nice, fitting puzzle. Your work will make sense, will flow well, and will also keep a reader hooked.
Let’s dip into character persona, where I’m sure you have at least one character sharing your personality. I’ve put a bit of me in each.
For instance: Cain loves to show off his success but displays a caring side, especially when it comes to Savannah. Lira can overthink and overexaggerate. Savannah’s kindness around others makes her an instant character for breakout potential. The list goes on.
How does this intertwine with our passion?
Look mainly at our main character. It’s going to tell us a lot about who we are and why we’re writing.
Again, what does Cain want?
Our main characters show us a lot of what we want in the world or even in our own lives.
Cain wants a threatening empire expelled from his colony so they can live as a free republic.
It shows much of what I’d love to see in my own lifetime; to see the United States become a Constitutional Republic practicing nonintervention.
Look deep into what your characters want, because it’s likely what you want. Something you’re passionate about.
This is writing about your passion.
I’m a proponent of not telling your reader anything via narration unless as a last resort. Instead, use dialogue during your work instead of narrating everything.
Especially when it comes to relaying the message. Readers dislike being told things. Instead, they want to experience things. When a narrator is telling the readers this and that during the text, it’s going to make the reader feel like they’re reading an informative text when their purpose is to be entertained.
Instead, allow the reader to experience your passions being played out through dialogue. As mentioned, themes and character personas are already going to give the reader a feel for what your book’s message entails.
The reader will be much more engaged in your work when experiencing your messages through character actions and dialogue. A good tip here is something I used when converting Northern Knights from its first drafts to subsequent drafts; simply replace narration with dialogue.
Choose characters whose personalities match what you’re trying to say. For instance, in Northern Knights if there’s a need for edge, it’s Cain. If it’s informative with urgency, Lira’s the go-to, and so on.
Well, what is the opposite of what you’re looking to say?
In real life, my worst fear is for a globalist agenda to be passed. Where there’s a global currency, global military, global police force, and mandatory RFID chips….yikes!
It’s only natural to put our antagonists in situations that we’re trying to use our writing to stop. Again, with Northern Knights, it’s an imperial, global dictatorship that’s the goal of the antagonists, but the Columbians are giving the antagonists trouble.
The antagonists use military force to expand their imperial fist, law enforcement to enforce laws at the micro level, and prisons and labor camps to jail dissidents.
Again, use the tips mentioned above, such as character personas. The difference here with the antagonists, you want to use people who are not like you as inspiration. For me, it’s cats like Mike Pompeo and John Bolton whose personas make great models for the antagonist message I’m also implying.
Mold the Puzzle
Now it’s your turn. Take your first drafts of your novel and get rid of the telling, let the characters come to life and make sure they hold elements of you and the kind of theme you’re looking to relay.
What is your theme? Tell us the message you’re looking to relay.
Which characters are best suited to relay such a theme?
Incorporate the dialogue over narration using these characters. Typically, the mains are best suited.
Take your antagonist and turn your message one-hundred-eighty degrees, which will give you some killer antagonists.