1. covet, fancy. See wish.
3. aspiration, hunger, appetite, thirst.
Desire, craving, longing, yearning suggest feelings that impel one to the attainment or possession of something.
Desire is a strong feeling, worthy or unworthy, that impels to the attainment or possession of something that is (in reality or imagination) within reach: a desire for success.
Craving implies a deep and imperative wish for something, based on a sense of need and hunger: a craving for food, companionship.
A longing is an intense wish, generally repeated or enduring, for something that is at the moment beyond reach but may be attainable at some future time: a longing to visit Europe. Yearning suggests persistent, uneasy, and sometimes wistful or tender longing: a yearning for one's native land.
"desire." Dictionary.com Unabridged. Random House, Inc. 02 Apr. 2012. Dictionary.com http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/desire
You might be a brilliant storyteller, but if that isn't where your desire rests, you won't pursue the writing life. As with any dream, writing is challenging. But that spark, that desire, can help you keep going even when the odds seem stacked against you. Books do get published every day: why not yours? If you follow your desire fully, you energize the whole process.
What do you desire? How can you make that desire manifest in your life?
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