Thoughts on Writers and Aging

Posted July 25th, 2013 by Val and filed in Personal, Writing Motivation
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Through A Childs EyeTomorrow is a big day for me. I am having cataract surgery. The eye doctor tells me I’m rather young for cataract surgery – but the fact of the matter is, cataract formation is a sure sign of the aging process. All I know is that I can barely see out of my left eye, which is causing me difficulty driving and reading.

I’m not quite ready for the nursing home yet, though.

I can’t say I really think of myself as old. I am 53 and a grandmother of five. Not a young woman, admittedly – but not really that old.

I am always inspired by people who accomplish things late in life. Recently I saw a clip on TV of a woman who went parachuting at the age of 102. That is definitely unique. The good news to me is if I make it to 100, I am barely halfway through my life.

I happen to believe in that classic saying:

“You’re not getting older – you’re getting better.”

Mature Writers

Don’t you love the word “mature”? It sounds a lot more complimentary than “elderly” or even “senior citizen”.

Writing is something that quite often improves dramatically with age.

And there are plenty of writers that don’t hit their stride till they are “mature”.

I recently heard Maya Angelou interviewed by Oprah, and Maya commented about how her seventies were better than her sixties and her eighties are even better than that.

How cool is that?

Examples of Late-Blooming Writers

Warren Dowling is an example of a writer who is a bit of a late bloomer. He published his first book at the age of 92. It is a memoir of a life well-lived, and it’s called From Wagons to Moon Walk.

Another late-blooming writer was Laura Ingalls Wilder, best known for the Little House series. Laura was in her sixties before she was made a name for herself.

Some writers start writing early but keep writing well into old age, such as James Michener and Beverly Cleary.

These are just a few examples. Plenty of writers don’t get started till their forties, fifties or even later.

So it’s really never too late to write.

If you think you’re too old to write, you’re giving up before you reach the finish line.

You might still have a masterpiece in you.


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