When someone says ‘Ichabod’, what is the first thing that comes to your mind? Do you think ‘Oh my God, they’re insane!’, or does your mind immediately, automatically, add ‘Crane’ onto the end?
As writers, we all want to write at least one story, novel, poem, or memoir that resonates with an audience as deeply as The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. I haven’t read the book in years, but I remember enough to know the basic premise of the novel. While one might not remember the minute details of Irving’s short story, just about everyone who has gone through an English class in a U.S. public school has been subjected to the tall, thin, endlessly hungry Ichabod.
And isn’t that what writing is all about? Not only allowing us to get our inner demons onto the page, but in some way building that connection between author and reader which leaves them saying, in later years, ‘Oh, yeah! I remember reading that!’ with a shine in their eye and joy in their voice?