Once grown and visiting home for Easter each year, I found I just had to watch the Ten Commandments each time. In fact, it became such a tradition that I felt cheated if I didn’t see it every Easter.
I remember one year when I was pregnant and sewing a baby quilt while watching it. Yes, it was done by the time the movie was. We used that blanket for a victim in a car accident on our trip back home. Bleeding badly. I’ll always remember that blanket because of giving it away under those circumstances. Really touched me.
But I was discussing the movie.
Now, when I watch it, the acting is actually quite cheesy, and even the dialogue is pretty difficult to listen to in places. But I can’t bring myself not to watch it. The fact of the matter is, when a work is so BIG and ahead of its time, it continues on even when it’s lost the newness, becomes outdated. Can you imagine the special effects they would use today?
There are only a few Ten Commandments in anyone’s lifetime. A handful that will live on in hearts and minds for decades. The best of the classics.
Each time we sit down to write, our intent should be, no matter the genre, to write something that will live on. Whether a high concept thriller, or a sweet romance, we want to write a story that will live forever…in someone’s heart.
Do you view your writing that way, or are you just ‘cranking out’ a story?