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.