The Legacy of the Writer

What exactly is a legacy? The dictionary defines it as anything handed down from the past, as from an ancestor or predecessor. Much like the word “heritage” which is
something that comes or belongs to one by reason of birth; an inherited lot or portion.

So, legacy is something that is given to us from the past while a heritage is something that belongs to you by reason of your birth.

That is wonderful and all, but what does that have to do with writing and being an author? A lot. If you are a writer or an author, you are creating your legacy right now. You are handing down to the future a gift of words.

The words you write and the stories that you tell will be remembered and read long after you are gone. Perhaps even if they were never published. We need to think twice about what we are doing when we sit down to write. Words are very powerful things.

So, what kind of legacy are you leaving? Are you trying to write and tell good stories that uplift and inspire people on this journey of life? To inform and share your experiences so that others will find understanding?

There is enough useless, ill-informed and hurtful writing out there. We need authors and writers who are working to leave legacies of hope and joy behind in their writing.


The Things that Inspire Me: Paper

Yes, something as simple as paper can be inspiring. Paper is the material that some of the greatest thoughts have been printed and written upon. Such a humble substance, but with such an amazing history!

Handmade paper. My favorite.

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Music for Inspiration

In light of this post, I thought I might occasionally start sharing some of my favorite writing music with you. So, here is a little musical inspiration today for all you writers out there!

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Literary Foods: Little Women and a Civil War Treat

Little Women has been one of my most favorite books since I was a teenager. Surprisingly, I didn’t read the whole book through until I was around 15 or 16, but the movie has always been one of my go-to comfort films. Probably because it was one of the very first period drama movies I watched and actually enjoyed. 🙂

When I was thinking about a recipe to try that reminded me of Little Women, I was inspired by the short passage from the book about the Christmas breakfast that the March sisters so willingly give up to others.

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The Importance of a Map in Writing Fiction

When writing any type of fiction, a map is a crucial item to have. Even a simple sketch for your own benefit is helpful. In an imaginary world, a map helps you and your readers keep your sites, place names and points of interest straight! It doesn’t have to be detailed or elaborate, it can be just enough to help your readers understand the lay of the land.

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Writer’s Resource: The Creative Penn Podcast

Hi everyone! Just popping in here because I realized I have never shared one of my most favorite writing inspiration resources with you! And since right about now is when winter seems to be dragging on and on, I thought this would a perfect inspirational writer pick me up! 🙂

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