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Re: How long does immortality last?

Postby dedewitt » Fri Jun 13, 2014 5:37 pm

I don't think any true writers write for immortality. They write because they can't function unless they do. The point of writing is to make a reader's life more enjoyable; to give them courage and hope, to inspire them. You may only do that for a few lives in one generation, but that generation will inspire the next, and so on and so forth. The point is not to become immortal, but to keep society moving in the right direction.

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Finished:
Race Against Fate -101k words
Loyalties Lost -121k words
Forgotten -100k words
Friends and Foes -113k words

Unfinished:
Alone - 32k words

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Re: How long does immortality last?

Postby Crono91 » Fri Jun 20, 2014 11:37 am

I don't write to be immortal here; I write because it's how I escape the world, not be bound to it.

We are too kind to history: we praise it merely because it is history. I'm all for learning from the past, but it is meant to take us somewhere. I wouldn't want a future generation fawning over my books, declaring their magnificence and damning all current publications. That would make me sad. In truth, for a book to be immortal would take away from progression.

We should be challenging history. We should be overcoming history. We should become history.

Not idolize it.

Your job, as a writer, is not to become stagnant in time for all to see, but to be a sword for others to eventually--hopefully--defeat you in battle. As well as story tellers, you are teachers--I know many teachers still want to stress their superiority over students, but in order for a society to survive and grow, it needs to be the other way around.

We have come so far in science, but all students learn in school is evolution, when scientist have already gone past that and into something far greater. However, those discoveries are kept out of textbooks. Scientist want to be immortal, too. They want to hold everything and release it at once--to become immortal. Fantastic for them, detrimental for students.

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