How to Discover Your Writing Passions

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You like to write, you like to explain yourself, you like to describe things, but you just don’t know what to write about or how to write about it.

You continuously struggle with not being able to grasp what you are truly passionate about because you are just following what everyone around you does – what all the “big name” writers write about.

I’ve been there. And I can help.

It’s time stop living – and writing — like that. You have to discover what YOU are passionate about!

If you’ve been searching for meaning in your writing, and longing to find your perfect niche, but have always been too scared to take the next step: now is the time to take it.

Don’t worry. I’ll guide you through it!

How to Discover Your Likes

Let’s start by thinking about you. Ask yourself simple questions like:

  • What’s my favorite color?
  • What’s my favorite type of music?
  • What’s my favorite sport?
  • What do you like to do for pleasure and enjoyment?
  • If you could do anything in the world what would it be?

Have this conversation with yourself honestly and write the answers to all of these questions down on a sheet of paper. Feel free to add more questions to the list than the ones above. The more, the better!

Once you have done that, read over your paper and analyze it and you will realize what type of things you like to do. If you notice any connecting patterns, circle them – these are your “passion” areas.

Immerse Yourself in Your Passions

Now that you have successfully answered all of your questions and gone over your answers, it’s time to put them into action in the real world. Before you write about your passions, you have to live them!

For example, let’s say the answer to the question “what’s your favorite type of music?” was “rock.” You can now try associating more with other people who love that genre of music, rather than hanging out with your friends who only listen to country.

Or, maybe your favorite sport is soccer. In that case, head to the local park with a soccer ball and try to find people to play with!

Or, if you wrote down that you love helping people, try volunteering at a local hospital or soup kitchen. Make a donation to your favorite charity (or simply hand over your spare change to someone begging on the street). See how it feels.

The point is to make it all about YOU and YOUR interests. If you love soccer, but all your friends love basketball, then it’s time to branch out – even if it means introducing yourself to some strangers.

Immerse yourself in the things you’ve decided you like. This will help you discover which “likes” are actually “passions.”

The Difference Between “Likes” and “Passions”

Now that you have physically experienced your likes a few times, it’s time to determine which of those “likes” are actually your “passions.” I know. This might be a little confusing. “Likes” and “passions” sound similar, in theory, but they’re very different…

When I went on my own journey to find my passions, I realized that some of the activities I “liked” weren’t among my ultimate list of “passions.” I enjoyed them, but they weren’t what I wanted to write about in the long term.

When you “like” something, it means you think that certain thing is cool and you have fun doing it. You see other people doing it and you enjoy watching them. Every time you see this activity occurring, you suddenly get happy and you have fun while you’re watching it or doing it.

But that’s it! If the activity goes too long, you get bored or tired of it and it starts to become a drag. You only like it for a certain amount of time and that’s it. That’s a brief explanation of something that you “like” to do.

When you are “passionate” about something, it is completely different.

When you are passionate about something, whenever you are doing that activity it tingles all of the cells inside your body. Your heart races and the hairs on the back of your neck stand up. You feel this aura around you that you can’t explain — but it’s filled with love and happiness.

You could literally spend an entire day doing something you’re passionate about and think that only two hours have gone by. You never get tired of this activity and all you want to do is spend time doing the same activity day after day with no rest. THAT is a “passion,” not a “like.”

Compare how you react to your activities and you’ll get an idea of what you’re passionate about and what you like. Once you figure out your true passions, it’s time to write about them.

How to Write About Your Passions

Once you have discovered what you are passionate about, everything else should come super easily (provided one of your passions is writing!).

All you have to do is dig into your heart and soul and pick out your feelings and expressions and put them onto paper (or a Word doc). Think about the basics of why you like that certain activity and describe the benefits you get from it.

Simply explain, in as many details as you can, why you love that certain thing and how it can benefit others too. Just describe why your passion is so awesome to you. This piece of writing can easily serve as the first post on your niche blog. It will allow your readers to get to know YOU as well as your passion – the topic you’ll be writing about again and again.

Don’t Stress Other People’s Opinions

Don’t worry about what other people might think about your writing or the content of your blog.

Whether you writing just for fun or for money don’t stress about what someone ELSE is going to think about YOUR passion.

Don’t let other people’s ideas affect how you’re going to describe what YOU truly love. Whether they understand where you’re coming from or not doesn’t matter because YOU know where you’re coming from and YOU know what you’re writing about is amazing and that’s all that matters on YOUR blog.

Your audience will come. Others who share your passion will find you eventually, so long as you keep writing truthfully and from your heart.

Write Your Heart Out

It’s time to start writing.

Grab a pen and paper or your laptop or a chalkboard — whatever you want to write on — and start writing. Let out the emotions and feelings you have inside your heart and soul and start describing your passion.

Everything should come naturally since your passion runs through your veins. Have fun while you are writing. Express yourself and share your wonderful thoughts with the world. Take it one step at a time and it will come out amazing.

Believe in yourself and other people will believe in you too.

And, who knows? Maybe writing about YOUR passion will help someone else who’s floundering find passion and meaning in THEIR life!

When you’re ready, share your first “passion” post in the comments’ section! I’d love to read it.

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6 thoughts on “How to Discover Your Writing Passions

  1. Love this, it really hit home for me right now. I have been struggling with this exact thing for a while now. Not just career wise, but life in general. Great article, and thanks for writing it!!

  2. I have a passion for rationalism and humanism.Can I find a profitable niche out of these two large topics? The two topics cover the areas of God, his existence or non-existence, evidence for truth, existence or non-existence of heaven, hell, re-birth, soul, afterlife, truth or falsity of religious scriptures, the role of priests as mouthpieces of God in society, violence based on religious fundamentalism, etc. Please suggest a profitable niche, if any, out of my passion. I wish to blog on such a niche.

    1. I believe any niche is profitable if you put in the work and market it right. For your niche I haven’t seen much about it. I’ve seen other people have religious based blogs and have a lot of followers. So you could definitely do it.

      I myself like your passions and I would want to learn and read more about what you have to say. What I believe would be the most profitable would be the existence or non-existence of God and heaven and hell, and afterlife. Those are the points that attract me the most and would want to read.

      But as long as you put in the work and stay dedicated you could talk about all of those in different categories and still have an awesome profitable blog. Just go for it. 😀

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