The now-famous book “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy” featured the main character Wowbagger, who became immortal accidentally.
“Highlander” was a movie about a small group of immortal warriors whose fate it was to battle across time until only one was left standing.
And some of my friends on here feature the vampire in their work, the most famous – infamous – immortal of all.
How ironic it is, then, that we, the writer, have immortality at our very fingertips, and many do not realize it. We have the unique privilege to live on, ageless, on the shelves and in the devices of hundreds of our fellows, existing in imagination long past our bodies have turned to dust. To be brought forth on a whim. decades from now, perhaps as a possession – or an heirloom – because we had gripped the psyche of a reader one day, and that person just couldn’t bear to part with something that had moved him so.
And we waste it.
We waste it when we write just for the sake of putting words on paper. When we don’t bother to sit back and wonder if the reader will be engaged, enchanted, wonderstruck, or mesmerized. When we fail to edit our work, ensuring that every misspelled word, every piece of punctuation, and every sentence is correct. When we simply say, “Ah, that’s good enough.” It’s not.
If you paint a room in your house, do you paint three walls? If you plant a garden, do you till the soil, plant the seeds, and then walk away without watering your new children?
So why would any of us consider presenting the world at large with a work that is unfinished? With all the ideas on hand, the workshops, the forums, discussions, publications (free, for many), and writing groups available to one and all, is there a reason why any of us shouldn’t implement as much as is humanly possible to ensure our work is perfect when the first eye considers its value?
The WORLD is your stage – yours to captivate and astound. Yours to move to such a degree that your book – or books – will be on that shelf, in that computer, or held in that Kindle.
Yours to live within, forever…
So, it’s your choice to decide, to the best of your ability.