There is an old saw which goes something along the lines of “write about what you know” which people interpret to mean if you’re a fishmonger write a novel about fishmongers. That actually might be fun, but I digress. I’ve always thought that phrase meant something more like “write about what you care about”. If you work as a fishmonger but don’t love it then writing about it just because you know a little bit about it would make for a very boring book.
In creativity terms you have to create what you feel passion for, which means not only the stuff you write about but also the medium you write about it in. If you feel nothing about books then writing a book might be fruitless. If you are only writing a screenplay because you think screenwriters earn a lot of money then your screenplay will be lacklustre and you will earn exactly nothing.
You can’t pretend to be passionate about something, it’s a contradiction in terms.
So in order to be successful at any creative act, be it writing, music or visual arts, you have to know yourself, be passionate about something, care about your art and the medium.
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