A Writer’s Legacy

Death, the one thing that is inevitable. It cannot be stopped. Life can be prolonged but death cannot be conquered. It comes from the darkness, taking its due.

But not all is sadness, for as writers, we have abilities that can even live long past our own death.

I am talking about our legacy.

We write stories each day. We create epic journeys of heroes conquering evil, of forgotten races rising from the depths and of love appearing in places of darkness; and we sometimes forget that we can change peoples lives.

We as writers can change so many peoples lives, every single day.

With this post, however, I am speaking about, in particular, our legacy.

The Macmillian Dictionary states legacy as,” something that someone has achieved that continues to exist after they stop working or die.”

I strongly believe that a writer’s legacy is incredibly important. Our life stories are held in each word that is written. Our pain, happiness, and dreams are carved into each story we write. With each piece we write, our soul is embedded into it. When others read our work they are literally delving into the life we lived, be it good or bad.

I will not tell you how to leave your legacy as that is for you and only you to decide but please work hard on it. We have the ability to change the world around us. Words hold power, hence why all throughout history diplomats were used, particularly in military matters.

Work each day to craft your story into something worthwhile. Write stories, challenge yourself. Go on adventures, speak to people you normally do not. Gather stories from the world around you. Your legacy is writing and your writing is your legacy.

I know I want my legacy to be the single most important thing I ever achieve. It will be my soul living on beyond the grave. It will be my memory and how others will remember myself and the life I lived.

Do you want the same?

Comment below on what you wish your legacy to be.

 

9 Comments Add yours

  1. I wish my legacy to survive. Perhaps this is somewhat peculiar given that I am an agnostic with no certainty of an afterlife. Why should one worry about one’s legacy if one will have no awareness of how people respond to your work once you cease to be? None the less I wish my work to survive and be appreciated by others long after I am no more. I have published print editions of several of my poetry collections, as I believe that print has a better chance of survival than do electronic formats. (My using print also stems from my liking for physical as opposed to purely electronic works). Kevin

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    1. Kyle Hughes says:

      That is a very good idea, Kevin. Having print copies of your work means that is may last longer due to its physical attribute. The reason I wish to have my work live on is that I wish to touch peoples lives after my death even if that means I will never know. I want to make a difference I guess and that is why I wish my legacy to be that of the characteristics I upheld in my life. Perhaps it’ll inspire folk, but like you said I’ll never know.

      Thank you for the great words, Kevin. You always are enlightening with your words. Thank you once again.

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      1. That is a noble ideal to touch the lives of others after you are gone. I also hope that my writings will continue to have a positive impact after my death. Thanks for your kind words regarding my comments. Best wishes, Kevin

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  2. Reblogged this on newauthoronline and commented:
    I hope people will read my writings after I have ceased to be. This is perhaps somewhat peculiar in that I possess no certainty of life after death (being inclined to agnosticism). If one will have no awareness after one has shuffled off this mortal coil, then why concern oneself with the survival of one’s writings? None the less I do (as stated above) hope that my work will survive and in some small way enrich the lives of future generations. Kevin

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  3. Great piece. Legacy equals longevity. A hopefulness of our voice still existing long after is laid to rest. Our dreams and our voice hold a promise of hope, not only for ourselves in the present moment but for future generations to come.

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    1. Kyle Hughes says:

      That is correct. Well said. Legacy does equal longevity and that is why it is so important. A voice beyond the grave.

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  4. Great post, really heartfelt and honest. As far as my legacy is concerned I’d like for people to remember me as someone who is concerned with injustice, particularly toward the LGBT community as my son is transgender and my daughter identifies as bisexual. I also would like to be remembered as someone who cares for those who suffer mental illness and campaigns for more awareness of the issue – both issues, in fact.

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    1. Kyle Hughes says:

      Thank you for the kind words, it is very appreciated. That is a very noble legacy you have stated and I am positive your children are very proud and happy to have a parent such as yourself. I myself am an advocate for mental health awareness and equality also so I understand why you think it is so important because it truly is.

      Thank you once again for the kind words.

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