When you are inspired by some great purpose, some extraordinary project, all your thoughts break their bonds. Your mind transcends limitations, your consciousness expands in every direction, and you find yourself in a new, great and wonderful world. Dormant forces, faculties, and talents become alive, and you discover yourself to be a greater person by far than you ever dreamed yourself to be
~ Patanjali, Yogi and Mystic
I love passionate people, and there’s no clearer route to passion than tuning into a person’s deepest obsession.
“People pride themselves upon their willpower, their indomitable courage, upon the fact that nothing frightens them,” writes T. Lobsang Rampa, in his classic book You Forever. “They assured bored listeners that with their willpower they can do anything at all.” But the truth is there is no greater power than imagination, passion, and the incredible power of love.
“The Last Supper soon became my obsession,” writes Spanish author Javier Sierra in his book The Secret Supper, a dazzling historical thriller.
His novels all have a ‘secret’ common purpose: to solve historical musketries based on real documentation and extensive field research. Javier’s passion and his obsession have made him a bestseller author throughout the world.
Similarly, Joe Medeiros, a writer, and producer, known for The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, developed an obsession for Leonardo da Vinci’s iconic portrait of the Mona Lisa after reading about its theft from the Louvre.
Medeiros’ obsession had a singular focus—discovering the truth. He first learned that the Mona Lisa was stolen when he was 25 and spent the next 30 years trying to discover the thief’s motivation—a simple Italian immigrant named Vincenzo Peruggia who worked as a house painter in Paris.
When asked why he was so fascinated by the story, and why he devoted over 35-years to his quest Medeiros said, “The fact that that I couldn’t solve the mystery. I wasn’t able to write it as a [fictional] screenplay] but once we started to make the documentary, everything started to fall into place. And I always wanted to know, was he crazy? Did he do it for patriotism, did he do it for money, did someone commission him? I had all these questions and that’s what kept me at it until I found the answers.”
Because of my own obsession with The Mona Lisa, and also with discovering the truth, I came across Medeiros’ wonderful documentary and have since reached out to him to help me with my research for my novel of historical art-related fiction set in Renaissance and modern-day Florence. (formerly known with the working title of Mona Lisa’s Secret).
Learn more about Joe Medeiros’s 35-year obsession here—http://www.monalisamissing.com/single-post/2015/07/19/The-Story-of-the-Film-A-35YearLong-Obsession.
Even better, visit his website and follow the links to view his fascinating documentary >>http://www.monalisamissing.com/
Passionate Obsessions Empower an Author’s Writing
A healthy obsession can lead you to many things, including:
• A state of divine flow—enabling you to write with mind-blowing productivity
• Your point of excellence—unleashing dormant talents and natural gifts
• Rocket-fuel tenacity to persevere and succeed
• Mentors, helpful allies and similarly obsessed people who will cheerlead and elevate your success
• A legion of devoted fans who are drawn to your impassioned writing
• Your passion and life purpose—spreading seeds of joy and inspiration and benefiting others
• Your life niche—creating a breath of fresh air and giving you a competitive edge
• True bliss—leading you to your vocation where being paid is the icing on the cake
New Zealand motorcycling legend Burt Munro proved that passionate obsession is the key to success. “All my life I’ve wanted to do something big,” he said. In 1967 Burt achieved something huge.
At the age of 68, against all the odds, he set a world record of 183.586 mph with his highly modified Indian Scout motorcycle. To qualify he made a one-way run of 190.07 mph, the fastest ever officially recorded speed on an Indian.
Like so many inspiring people the road to success was not an easy one—it involved much personal hardship and numerous setbacks, but armed with his passion and a compelling desire to “go out with a bang,” Burt Munro mortgaged his house and set out on the greatest adventure of his life.
His truly awesome achievements were brought to life in an inspiring and uplifting film, The World’s Fastest Indian.
The World’s Fastest Indian not only gives movie-goers an inside look at Munro’s passion, but it also gives them an idea of New Zealand filmmaker Roger Donaldson’s overwhelming desire to tell the story.
“This project has been a passion of mine since I completed a documentary about Burt Munro back in 1972,” Donaldson said. “I have been intrigued by Burt’s story for many, many years; some would say my obsession with this film matches Burt’s obsession with his bike.”
Donaldson’s passion for his subject has won him international acclaim from Academy Award-winning actor Anthony Hopkins. “I thought it was a terrific movie. It is a unique script…it is just so well-written, very well-written, beautifully written, and so refreshing. I’ve worked with a lot of great directors, Steven Spielberg and Oliver Stone, and Roger Donaldson is there with that lot, you know. He really is,” Hopkins said.
I’m passionate about the power of creativity to heal. Which is why so many of my heroes and heroines are passionate about the arts—either to learn more about its mysteries or because they are artists themselves.
In Bride of Gold, a true-romance set amongst the stunning backdrop of New Zealand’s South Island my heroine is driven by a passionate obsession to discover the truth. When Alex inherits a painting she discovers her whole life was a lie. Desperate for the truth, she goes in search of her true identity. The painting is her only clue. But everyone is determined to keep its secret past repressed, including Vitaliano Rossi, an embittered multimillionaire Italian gold tycoon who is obsessive about accumulating wealth and protecting the shocking secret that could see him ruined. Unnaturally suspicious of her motives, he wants the painting- and Alex- vanquished. This is his new obsession—and one that creates great conflict.
Flight of Passion, on the other hand is a rapturous tale of beauty, obsession and the transformational power of unconditional love. The hero is passionate about exotic butterflies—and recapturing the love of the only woman he has only loved. Except, Ruby is not for this taking.
Issy Riley, the heroine of Married by Christmas is an art therapist with an obsession to thaw the hero’s heart, one crayon at a time! The previous Christmas, she was jilted by her fiancé. This Christmas she’s running away. A week with a client on his private Fijian island promises to save her from cheating men and the London festive season. But when the client turns out to be a gorgeous and magnetic Italian billionaire, he threatens her resolve to never again trust her heart to the wrong man.
Milan fashion house leader, obsessive art collector, and avowed bachelor Massimiliano Balforni has no intention of taking a vacation, despite his sister’s insistence that he subject himself to an art therapy retreat following a minor heart attack. With an important collection due, he intends to fire his therapist and work, instead. But the determined and striking Issy gives his heart palpitations of a far more dangerous kind.
The one thing Max and Issy agree on: they are as wrong for each other as wrong gets. He’s a workaholic playboy who believes emotion is a weakness. She’s a romantic who yearns for a happily ever after.
As the tropical heat soars, they discover that in this battle between work and play, resistance only fuels attraction—and sometimes two wrongs make a very passionate right.
Set in two beautiful paradises—Milano, Italy and the tropical Pacific islands of Fiji—these passionate people’s obsessions run in different directions. Until love unites.
What Do Your Characters Collect?
Passionate obsessions, as you have begun to discover, go in all directions, and many times they are revealed in your collections. These could be as tangible as exotic butterflies, books, spoons, antiques, paintings, or as intangible as a dream or an idea.
I collect positivity and articles and stories related to people’s extraordinary passions. My collections have inspired many of my characters and books.
As I mentioned, I also have a passionate obsession with all things related to Leonardo da Vinci, but particularly his portrait of The Mona Lisa, and I have a burning desire to reveal the truth being the mysterious life of the woman in the painting, Lisa del Giocondo. I am sure I own every single book ever written about both Lisa and Leonardo. My partner once laughed, “There are three of us in this relationship—you, me and The Mona Lisa.”
It’s true, I am obsessed and enthralled with my research for my historical novel Mona Lisa’s Secret and with telling her story.
But then, I’m also obsessive about every story that ever find its way into my heart.
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