Monday, October 27, 2008

Despair Not, Baby Boomers (& Older):
It's Never Too Late to Begin Writing

These two articles should serve as reminders that it's never too late to give writing a try.

8 Comments:

At 7:37 PM, Blogger Diane Vogel Ferri said...

Thanks for the inspiration . I too am a late bloomer when it comes to writing.

 
At 7:52 PM, Blogger John Ettorre said...

You know what they say, Diane: there's no bloomer like a late bloomer. Good luck with everything. You'll enjoy your success all the more for having waited for it.

 
At 11:04 AM, Blogger Art Durkee said...

I guess there's still hope for me, then. Maybe I'm still too young.

 
At 11:12 AM, Blogger John Ettorre said...

There's much hope for you, Art. Especially you.

 
At 1:43 PM, Blogger Pat said...

Thank you John. That article gave me hope too.

Although I am starting to shift my paradigm.... I am not a late bloomer, necessarily; I have blooming elswhere, and bloomin' real hard at that (if one can bloom hard....). Now though, as my kids get older, I can bloom more as a writer. I hope. ;-)

 
At 1:49 PM, Blogger John Ettorre said...

That's a crucial point, Pat. For many people, perhaps most, writing well involves what might be called "serial blooming," coming into one's own in a second, third, or even fourth phase of one's productive life, after other hurdles have been climbed, and there's more time and/or attention for one's writing. And often that means there's so much more life material to be processed. Which is a good problem to have, but still sometimes presents a problem.

 
At 3:31 PM, Blogger Jeff Hess said...

Shalom John,

This couldn't have come at a better time.

I was sitting at Jimmy O'Neill's last evening, enjoying a pint, reading the75th Anniversary Issue of Esquire and wondering to myself: where the hell did 25 years ago?

I still have the copy of the 50th Anniversary issue I bought my senior year at Ohio University and I remember reading it (and a lot of other magazines) cover-to-cover and thinking: my name is going to be on that cover someday.

It's good to know that it's not yet too late.

B'shalom,

Jeff

 
At 4:12 PM, Blogger John Ettorre said...

Jeff, I think we all wonder where the years have gone, so in that (as in much else) we can all find solace collectively. We read and write to know we're not alone, and Lord knows no one could feel alone with a writerly comrade such as you. I feel blessed to count you as a friend, and know you're only just getting started in what you'll do as a writer. We're lucky in our choice of work in one special way: Unlike physicists and mathematicians, age and experience is a major plus in our field. Your next 25 years will surely be your best.

 

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