Only write from your own passion, your own truth. That’s the only thing you really know about, and anything else leads you away from the pulse.
And that passion! You will hear that from a lot of people who do well in things. What’s the key? The key is passion, I think. You gotta love it.
And James Patterson ought to know a thing or two about success ….
But maybe James and Marianne have a point. If we writers are not passionate about our particular stories, how can we possibly expect our readers to be? I’ve read a lot of fiction, both published and unpublished, that has nothing obviously wrong with it except that it just doesn’t grab me. Is passion the missing ingredient? If we write that which we think our readers want to read, maybe that element of personal passion leaches away leaving the manuscript rather bloodless.
Perhaps this is simply another way of saying: write what you know.
i.e. Write the story you are passionate about!