If I took a poll and asked each of one hundred writers why they wrote, I'm sure I'd receive at least eighty different answers.
That's to be expected. After all, we're unique individuals.
But I wonder how many of us have taken time to think about the long-term effects of our writing. When you sit down to put words on a page, are you looking ahead to the long-term ramifications of doing so?
I'm talking about legacy.
According to millionaire playboy philanthropist Tony Stark (played by Robert Downey, Jr.) in the movie Iron Man 2, legacy is “what we choose to leave behind for future generations.”
His lifestyle aside, Tony has a point.
What you do every day has an impact on future generations, whether you know it or not. What you say, think, and choose will affect those next in line—next generations of readers, your children and distant family members, and maybe even English and literature classes far into the future.
Do you take time to think about what you're writing and its place in that greater cosmos?
What kind of a legacy do you hope to leave behind you? What do you want to be known for? What do you want your writing to do for others, or for the world?