Friday, April 26, 2019

The Legacy of Writing by C. Kevin Thompson

C. Kevin Thompson
Robin Patchen beat me to it. I was going to write a post that would have been eerily similar to hers, so I’ll refrain from stirring those roiling waters of writing for yourself versus writing for your readers again. (You can read her post here…after you’re finished with mine, of course!)

One part I was going to include in my post on that subject was how your writing will, whether you like it or not, become your legacy. What do I mean by that?

One evening, we visited my oldest daughter and her family. As soon as we walked in, my nine-year old grandson informed me that he had pestered my daughter incessantly until she finally caved in and allowed him to utilize her computer (keep in mind she was in nursing school at this time, and deadlines were approaching). He wanted her laptop so he could “write a book.”

I asked him what it was about, and he described the details with a fervor matching any newbie writer at a writer’s conference. I have to admit, for a nine-year old who reads on a 6th grade level now, it was a very imaginative and in-depth storyline!

He did have a lament, however (He’s now a true writer, right?). It revolved around the fact that he did not have his own computer to write books like me, so he had to borrow his mom’s computer. And because she was in school, “she uses it all the time!” I suggested that he could handwrite it on a notepad, then transcribe it to the computer when Mom allowed him to use it. His mother said, “Hmmm, do I hear an echo? Seems like I suggested the same thing about an hour ago.”

I also told him that sometimes, we have to do that because we’re not near a computer, or having one with us at that moment is not a good idea. Like the time I was at the beach, lounging on a balcony, relaxing and listening to the ocean lap against the shore. It was there, in that moment, when a whirlwind of thoughts that had danced around the inner recesses of my mind for some time whipped themselves into true inspiration. I grabbed a notepad, and two hours later, I had the first three chapters to what is now The Serpent’s Grasp. Then, when I was near a computer, I typed it up.

Needless to say, he was impressed with my story, but he was not impressed with my method of transcription. (His mother would later inform me that evening that they had plans to buy him a small laptop and did so a few weeks later.)

What’s the moral of the story? It appears—whether I like it or not…and I do!—that I am leaving a legacy via my writing. Other grandchildren have shared similar desires, and we always encourage it, because to read and write is a blessing not all children around the world get to share, so we don’t take it for granted.

So, when you are writing that story, developing those characters, and twisting that plot up real tight, keep in mind that there are eyes on you who will never leave a review. They’ll never write a blog on your book. They may not even be born yet! But there is one thing that is for certain: they’ll be some of your biggest fans, and that’s a type of legacy no amount of sales can replicate.

There’s a type of legacy no amount of sales can replicate. #seriouslywrite #encouragementforwriters via @CKevinThompson

When the Clock Strikes Fourteen
When the Clock 
Strikes Fourteen

The Blake Meyer Thriller Series Book 4

An Insane Retribution. An Insidious Radical. An Intense Reunion.

When he got married, Supervisory Special Agent Blake Meyer worried that shielding his family from his past would prove to be formidable. Now, as precious time ticks away, Blake finds himself flying over the ocean at twenty thousand feet, searching for his family, and watching helplessly as his greatest fear wraps its tentacles around his past, present, and future, inextricably weaving them into a deadly game of vengeance.

With the help of his longtime friend, Harrison Kelly, and a small band of soldiers, Blake sets out to rescue the only people he has ever truly loved…before it’s too late.

However, unbeknownst to Blake, retooled plans have been set in motion to keep the contagion in play. To keep the threat alive. To bring a country to its knees. And forge the dawning of a new era.

One free of American interference.

One dominated and controlled by those who survive the carnage.

One without Blake Meyer.

C. KEVIN THOMPSON is a husband, a father, a grandfather, and a kid at heart. Often referred to as “crazy” by his grandchildren, it’s only because he is. He’s a writer. Need he say more?

The first four books of his Blake Meyer Thriller series are out! Book 1, 30 Days Hath Revenge, Book 2, Triple Time, Book 3, The Tide of Times, and Book 4, When the Clock Strikes Fourteen, are now available!! Also, the second edition of his award-winning debut novel, The Serpent’s Grasp, is also now available!

Kevin is a huge fan of the TV series 24, The Blacklist, Blue Bloods, NCIS, Criminal Minds, BBC shows Broadchurch, Shetland, Hinterland, and Wallander, loves anything to do with Star Trek, and is a Sherlock Holmes fanatic, too. But you will never catch him wearing a deerstalker. Ever.

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  1. Kevin, sounds like you are leaving quite a legacy behind! Just think one day he may dedicate a masterpiece to you.

  2. Loved this blog about your grandson! Legacy is important, thanks for the reminder.

  3. I've done a lot of thinking about the legacy I leave with my writing too, and I wonder what my grandchildren and great-grandchildren will think when they read my books. What will they learn about me? About my faith? How might they inspire and encourage them? Those things alone make writing worth the time, blood, sweat, and tears.


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