What divides good writers from great writers? Slaughterhouse-Five author Kurt Vonnegut would contend that it’s about more than your ability to write. Instead, great writers have a special relationship with their subjects. Are you writing about your passions… or just writing?
“Find a subject you care about and which you in your heart feel others should care about. It is this genuine caring, and not your games with language, which will be the most compelling and seductive element in your style. I am not urging you to write a novel, by the way — although I would not be sorry if you wrote one, provided you genuinely cared about something. A petition to the mayor about a pothole in front of your house or a love letter to the girl next door will do.” —Kurt Vonnegut