Dictionary.com describes passion under number six as a strong or extravagant fondness, enthusiasm, or desire for anything: a passion for music. While obsession under number one is the domination of one's thoughts or feelings by a persistent idea, image, desire, etc.
I was thinking of this the other day when I was listening to Michael Bolton’s MY SECRET PASSION. His passion is opera. I don’t know a lot about opera but I do know because of his CD I’ve come to love it very much and have since bought a couple more opera CD’s. But they’re not my passion.
My passion is for books. As soon as I could read, I read anything with horses in them. So I read all the typical horse books (BLACK BEAUTY, KING OF THE WIND, FLICKER) and moved on to cowboys and their pintos, and finally knights and their steeds. Then I discovered romances. My passion bloomed and grew larger.
Before I knew it, my passion turned into an obsession. I started writing and now I eat, drink and live writing. If I were to lose the ability to write or read, I know I would roll up in a ball and die. I love how you can read a book and laugh, cry, be afraid, and turned on (though rarely all at the same time). I want my books to affect people like that. I love how one sentence can make you feel good all day by simply thinking of a few words. I’m amazed by how I can type one word after another until I have a complete book with living breathing people whose lives I’ve shaped into a plot and the-way-life-should-be HEA.
I hope and pray one day soon my obsession turns into a published book and people find their passion in reading it and the others I write. Oh, yeah, I'm passionately obsessed.