Tonight at my Toastmasters group, the word of the day was obsession.
Merriam Webster defines obsession as:
: a state in which someone thinks about someone or something constantly or frequently especially in a way that is not normal
: someone or something that a person thinks about constantly or frequently
: an activity that someone is very interested in or spends a lot of time doing
Often we view the word obsession in a bad way, but let’s look at that third section in Merriam Webster’s definition. An activity that someone is very interested in or spends a lot of time doing.
Obsessions are those things we are drawn to again and again. These are things we can write about and if you start writing about your obsessions, the writing can get very juicy. The flow could become more like a waterfall and less like a trickle.
The things that call to you, the things that drive you, the things you return to again and again, these are worth writing about.
What do you love?
What is the thing you can never walk away from?
What is the subject of the book you wouldn’t want to put down? The subject you could spend hours watching documentaries about?
What do you collect?
What are your hobbies?
What do you spend your spare time doing? What do you like to do on your vacations?
What are your obsessions?
Start writing about them. Let them trickle into your work. Share the hours of accumulated knowledge on the page so others can learn from and enjoy your obsessions too.
What are you waiting for? Start now. Pick an obsession, start writing and see how juicy your writing can be.