Everywhere I see people saying that you need to be passionate about your writing. I say that’s horse feathers. It’s a load of rubbish. What I think happened is that someone somewhere once attended a workshop and heard some published author say it. I can just see Stephen King expounding it to a roomful of wannabes, punching the air and making his spectacles glisten in the artificial lighting; “You need to be passionate about your writing!” That someone came away from the workshop and began telling everyone else “You need to be passionate about your writing.” Let’s face it, if Mr King said it, it must be correct. And everyone else began repeating it. And before you knew it, the entire writing community was paying lip service to the expression. The reality is that a story is just about the most unlikely thing about which one can become passionate. Writing is hard work. Hard work and passion are mutually exclusive. Even more to the point, how is it possible to be passionate about something not real? I could understand someone being passionate about saving the whales, or abortion, or euthanasia, but space wars, or elves, or superheroes? Puh-leese. If you insist you’re passionate about your writing, you need help.