It has been said by many, to write with passion and intensity the writer needs to tap into their emotional wellspring. It comes from within, brought on by life events. It can take us from happy and peaceful to any number of extremes.
Even if your present state of life is content and calm, (which I hope it is), at some point in your life you have felt pain. We all have. We’ve known our share of pain, loss, grief, sadness, desperation, desire, anger, need, and many other emotional extremes.
To fuel your creativity, start with the simple act of remembering. Close your eyes, go back in your mind, and pull the emotions from deep inside of you, until they boil over to the surface. Once it is raw and real and (sometimes) terrifying, just dive in and let go.