1. the domination of one’s thoughts or feelings by a persistent idea, image, desire, etc.
2. the idea, image, desire, feeling, etc., itself.
3. the state of being obsessed.
WRITING REQUIRES OBSESSION. LIFE REQUIRES OBSESSION.
The trade of authorship is a violent and indestructible obsession.
The work is a calling. It demands that type of obsession.
The creative habit is like a drug. The particular obsession changes, but the excitement, the thrill of your creation lasts.
The obsession required to see a feature through from concept to release is not a rational thing to do with your brief time on this planet. Nor is it something to which an intelligent person should aspire.
What moves those of genius, what inspires their work is not new ideas, but their obsession with the idea that what has already been said is still not enough.
Obsession led me to write. It’s been that way with every book I’ve ever written. I become completely consumed by a theme, by characters, by a desire to meet a challenge.
The first four months of writing the book, my mental image is scratching with my hands through granite. My other image is pushing a train up the mountain, and it’s icy, and I’m in bare feet.
Mary Higgins Clark
People can get obsessed with romance, they can get obsessed with political paranoia, they can get obsessed with horror. It’s isn’t the fault of the subject matter that creates the obsession, I don’t think.
Without obsession, life is nothing.
Cure for an obsession: get another one.
Obsession is an attractive thing. People who are really, really interested and good at one thing and smart are attractive, if they’re men.
Love is an obsession. It has that quality to it. But there are healthy obsessions, and mine is one of them.
Just make sure your obsession is the Write … Oops … I mean Right One.
DeAnn Ogden Huff