Passion Doesn’t Keep Me Going Anymore

But I’ve found stronger fuel for the long haul

Ria Tagulinao
8 min readJul 30, 2022
The author writing in a cafe in Vienna | 2022

“It’s complicated” — more than once I’ve used those words to describe how I felt about a relationship, but I never thought they’d ever apply to how I felt about writing.

Last year, the Creators Hub asked writers in an open thread: Why do you write?

“Months ago, it would’ve been much easier to answer this”, I began. Then, commence the trying-hard-to-be-profound-and-noble explanation:

I wrote because I love it, but also because I wanted another income stream and a shot at virality and some level of readership. A part of me still wants these things, and I think I always will, but the incentive to hustle just isn’t as strong anymore.

I guess what I’m trying to say is that I’ve been finding it harder to convince myself why I should keep writing when I really don’t need to.

After stripping off all those tangible goals and motivations, here’s what I’m left with (it’s cheesy but I think I really do mean it):

I want to write because I truly believe it’s my gift. And you don’t waste your gift. You’re supposed to use it. And you use it up until you can’t anymore.

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Ria Tagulinao

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