Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Your Best-Known Work by Andy Scheer

Something you create may cast a long shadow. I hope it's a work you like.

Burl Ives had an amazing voice and a career that spanned many decades. I'm sure he never suspected that of all his performances, the one that would become most popular would stem from a little gig doing the narration and a few songs for a made-for-TV production of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.

This Christmas season, like every one for decades, you can't escape Ives singing “Have a Holly Jolly Christmas.”

A friend who has getting published for decades says her most-reprinted article remains one of her first. A marriage magazine held the manuscript for years before finally printing the piece. Today it remains one of the most popular on the magazine's website.

Those thoughts motivated me as I completed a week's worth of devotions. The assignment included the daily Scripture readings, so I only needed to provide some personal reflection. Just another writing job – but potentially much more. A year from now, thousands of strangers will read my words.

Will one of those themes cast a long shadow? Perhaps. All the more reason to treat everything I write as though it will.


Rick Barry said...

These are worthy thoughts, Andy. I've often reflected on the fact that a simple devotional can touch untold thousands of people for a long while. Recently I rejoiced to learn that my pastor's daughter had clipped an article I wrote for Brio magazine and had it taped to her bedroom mirror literally for years. (Not until a couple months ago did she realize I'm the author.) Believers dare not approach their writing as a quick gig to earn money. The potential fruit is far more valuable.

Andy Scheer, Hartline Literary said...


Congratulations on having touched lives through an article in Brio. Nothing against books, but consider the circulation of any magazine against the print run of a book by all but the most famous authors.
-- Andy