Wednesday, August 1, 2012
#IWSG -- Whipping Post
First Wednesday of the month means another edition of Alex J Cavanaugh's Insecure Writers Support Group. You can discover more participants here.
Those of you not familiar with the Allman Brothers Band will probably miss my allusion in the title of this post. But as I was considering that I was going to just whip this post together very quickly, I couldn't resist the title. Dates me perhaps, but is great music ever really dated.
Likewise is good writing dated? Can a novel like 1984 be appreciated if that date is past? Or the wonderful novels of the Jazz Age or the quaint stories of Charles Dickens? I believe they can. I believe that a well told story holds up no matter when it's been told. The language may be arcane to the modern ear and maybe some footnotes will be needed, but the human condition is timeless.
Sophocles, Chaucer, and Shakespeare may seem antiquated to some of us, but the messages they convey are just as relevant to us as they were to the audiences of their eras. Do the stories I tell speak to generations to come? Am I striving to be heard now or forever? I fear I may be forgotten. Or perhaps not fear, but expect. Relevance. I must strive for relevance.
What is your writing goal? Will anyone care about what you've written one hundred years from now? Do you care?
Since I brought it up, here's a clip of the Allman Brothers "Whipping Post" for those who might be curious or just feel like hearing it.