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Monday, February 3, 2014

Heirlooms - a re-post

Due to my work & writing schedule, I've decided to re-post one of my old posts. It applies to my current WIP. Would love to hear your thoughts. Enjoy!

Heirloom  (noun)

Merriam-Webster defines heirloom as:

piece of property that descends to the heir as an inseparable part of an inheritance of real property
something of special value handed on from one generation to another
a horticultural variety that has survived for several generations usually due to the efforts of private individuals

In my current WIP, my heroine must leave her home. Along with the necessities, the one thing that she takes with her is a precious family heirloom given to her by the man that she loves. The heirloom once belonged to his dear departed mother—so you know that it is special to him. That heirloom travels with her throughout her journey. It is a gentle reminder of him, and her love for him, even though she is uncertain of his love for her.

Short and simple this week:

Have you ever written an heirloom into your story? Did you give it some focus and importance?


Do you like to read about a precious token given away in love? A special gift kept close to the heart?

Does a small detail like an heirloom bring flavor and substance to the story?

I would love to hear your views.

Between you, me and the gatepost,


Loree Huebner
Writing with one foot in the past...
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Sandra Orchard said...

I haven't written about them. But I cherish those I have received. My daughter received one from a dear writing friend who had no children to pass her great aunt's lovely cross necklace onto before she died.

Victoria Lindstrom said...

Hi Loree! I'm not sure how I missed this post, but better late than never. Anyway, my proposed middle grade series features an heirloom throughout all of the time travel books. Great stuff, dear friend. :-)