Wednesday, August 25, 2010
Longevity in Writing
The majority of books written today will disappear. I think the main reason for the lack of longevity is because they were written to a trend. Fashion is fickle. What is hip now is snigger-worthy tomorrow.
I recently pulled off old wallpaper in my tiny office only to find even worse wallpaper underneath. It was dark brown with bright orange flowers and green patches of grass. It was so painful, it was laughable. But at one time (probably the 70s) it was the height of fashion.
So, how do we achieve longevity?
--Ignore the current trends and write our own stories within the market of our choice.
--Steer away from the language of today because it won’t be the language of tomorrow. For example, any catch phrases, colloquialisms and clichéd expressions.
--Work with timeless themes. Romance and conflict will never date. Overcoming insurmountable odds will never date.
--Strive for quality. Strive to learn your craft, practice your craft and do your very best.
Does longevity matter to you? Can you think of other tricks to make your writing last?