Strong writing takes a fine balance
of peace and passion.
"Poetry is the spontaneous overflow of powerful feelings: it takes its origin from emotion recollected in tranquility" - William WordsworthWhen you're reading and listening to people about how to write, you'll notice how much of a fuss is made over the importance of passion in your writing. Writing without passion, you'll hear, is dead, dull, and uninteresting; it is artless. It does not have the spark of life. All of these things are true, but not enough attention is drawn to the need for peace as well as passion in your creative work.
As William Wordsworth wrote in the above quotation, which was part of a preface to his collection Lyrical Ballads, poetry with passion is only half of the equation. Poetry written immediately after an extreme emotion of observation is unchecked, wild, and undisciplined. It may contain your strongest language, but not your best language. The second part of the equation is the tempering effect of contemplation. Here, I want to write about these two parts of just about any artistic discipline, and how to incorporate both of them in your own writing.