Another Writing Essay?

Another essay on writing? Yeah, I guess so. I was considering how some books, stories, plays, songs, seem timeless and, even if we know they are from another era, we still enjoy them. I think I know why, but I can’t tell you how to duplicate that longevity in your writing.
To consider just a few, think of all the great Hemingway and Fitzgerald books. Think of Shakespeare. Think of “The Caine Mutiny.” There are just pieces of writing art that will, I suppose, live forever.
We, and I include myself in that category, write in the present tense. When the people referenced in my novels die or disappear from public view, my writing will have little meaning. I accept that, because today fame is fleeting. We live in a “I-gotta-have-it-right-now” society, where the majority of people don’t read at all. And if they do, they get their reading done in “Seventeen” and “Oprah” and “People.”
I believe that my short stories probably will have some life to them, and I hope so. And the reason is that they, along with the great works of authors from long ago, have “universal themes.” Look at the books that have survived the ages. They all have an underlying message that transcends time. They are about love, and sadness, and the reality of life, and the confirmation that man can survive and learn how to live again. They have, for lack of a better word, “Hope.”
Look at the work of, say, Robert Louis Stevenson. “Treasure Island” is as exciting to read today as it ever was. Think about Mark Twain. Consider “Tom Sawyer” and, quite possibly the best example of a true novel, “Huckleberry Finn.”
So, okay, we admit that we are not writers for the ages. But, do me a favor, because I am going to do it. Be true to that inner voice that tells you what you know, but won’t admit. Before you die, write the book that YOU want to write. Forget about making the top 100 on Amazon. Write the book you were really born to write. THAT will be your contribution to the library shelves of the future.

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About johnbeckmanbooks

John Beckman, a retired meteorologist, was known as “Johnny the Weatherman” in a career that spanned forty years. He forecasted the weather on WSJS-TV in Winston-Salem, NC, at WFGA-TV in Jacksonville, FL, and for thirty-three years in Atlanta at WSB-TV and WXIA-TV. Also a well published author Beckman now devotes full time to writing fiction. He currently has several eBooks on Amazon.com, "Tropical Knights," first in a series of adventure/mysteries about a sailor and his lovely CIA cohort on a mission to save America. Now available the sequel, and second in the series: "Tropical Daze." The third Jack & Amy adventure is "Tropical Rage" which became available on 30 April 2014. All of his books are highlighted on http://johnbeckmanbooks.com and available from Amazon.com. . .
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