I’m not talking physical passion as much as inherent passion – if I can coin a phrase.
Passion dictates what we do in life, how we act and react. Passion inspires the character and needs to be integral to that character’s behavior. Is he a scientist? A politician? A man interested in building airships? Is she a botanist? Does she write novels? What gets him up in the morning? What keeps her interested? Passion fleshes in a character.
Maybe passion isn’t the right word. Maybe it’s life force, intellectual curiosity, motivation. But I keep cycling back to the word passion because it connotes energy and emotional involvement.
I think every main character should have a passion separate from their love of another person. I’ve read a few books lately in which the characters only want to fall in love, or be in love, or experience love. They don’t have any other driving ambition.
Passion is the cake of life. Love is the frosting. If all you have is love, that’s called obsession. I think that characters need to be built solidly in order to bear the weight of love – like cake and buttercream frosting.
What do you think?