OUR LEGACY – The Splendor of Romance - Author Lynda Coker
Have you ever wondered, as a Romance Writer, what legacy you’ll leave behind? Of course, there will be the collection of stories you’ve written over the years, but what will they say about you, as a person? What feelings will they engender in your readers? What attitudes will they foster? Just because we make things up, create time and circumstances out of ‘thin air’; does this relieve us of the responsibility to consider what we leave in our wake?
Romance… What is its essence? If you look the definition up in a dictionary, the list goes on forever. No wonder the word means different things to so many. Have you considered deeply what it means to you? We should, because whether we realize it or not, it will show in our writing. For the sake of this blog, I’m assuming that we all write for the love and joy of the creative process, and not just the monetary rewards, although we enjoy those, as well. *smiles* If, however, the opposite is true, then the point of this blog is moot. A writer who writes strictly for commercial profit will, of course, write whatever is selling ‘hot’ at the moment.
In general, society often gives voice to their concern over the moral breakdown permeating our culture. On the other hand, they think nothing of strengthening its progression by the very act of being a consumer of products that advance that breakdown. As writers, we can be guilty of the same thing by fueling the fires of decay with the words we choose to immortalize in print.
Romance, as I perceive it, goes much deeper than unsolicited feelings. True, feelings are involved, but romance that leads to love is much more profound. It is a link with another individual that includes principles, values, and that change and grows over time.
Have you ever considered what deductions your child or grandchild will make about romance and love from reading your work? Humm… That thought can keep you up at night! *winks*
Have you ever bought a box of cereal, opened it, only to find it half full with cereal and the rest just air? To me, that is what it’s like to read a romance lacking real character depth, one filled with sexual antics far removed from the kind of emotional experience that lingers in your mind and heart long after the story ends.
Perhaps we can all consider more closely our Legacy, and in so doing, help to revive The Splendor of Romance.
What does ‘Romance’ mean to you?
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