Written by J. M. Barrie in 1911, the novel Peter Pan (aka: Peter and Wendy or Peter Pan and Wendy) is 100 years old. Whether or not you have read the book, you are no doubt familiar with the story, having likely seen an adaptation or two on video or stage. While much can be said about Peter Pan, the one undeniable fact is that it has endured through time.
Will any books written today have the staying power to last for a hundred years? Or will technology and the rapidity of change thwart any legacy they may have?
Although many works, by the nature of their topic, will have a short shelf life, some have the potential to maintain the interest and attention of future generations. While writing a timeless classic is more the result of circumstance and less of intention or plan, we can write so as to connect with present-day readers, as well as their children—and grandchildren.
Though I doubt if anything I have written yet will persevere, I do hope that some of my future work will stand the test of time and touch future generations.
Peter Lyle DeHaan, PhD, is an author, blogger, and publisher with over 30 years of writing and publishing experience. Check out his book The Successful Author for insider tips and insights.