writers can die with their boots on

Hop on over to Murderati.com to see my blog on how surprisingly old some writers were when they debuted.

5 replies
  1. Abe
    Abe says:

    Hi Tess,

    No, it’s never too late to do what you like. I had a teacher in JHS that always wanted to be a teacher, and our class was the first one he taught. His age…72. I had a professor in college who wrote a book about astronomy, his debut book, at age 78.
    I agree with your statement: The wonderful thing about the writing business is that your value is based on your talent and your stories, not on your youth or even your appearance. It doesn’t hurt to be young and photogenic, but you can still hit bestseller lists even if no one knows what you look like. Not to sound nasty, but Susan Boyle is not the most photogenic, but look how far she’s come. As as for you not being a spring chicken anymore, you have your looks and talent, and you are very photogenic. You’re not ready for your own subscription to AARP magazine yet, Tess. So keep on keepin’ on.

  2. Tess
    Tess says:

    Over on Murderati, I have been corrected regarding the Lorna Page story. It turns out it was an exaggeration by the tabloid press at the time, so I’m afraid she is not the shining example of geriatric success that I had thought.

    However, the second elderly author’s tale is indeed true.

  3. therese
    therese says:

    I’ve got my AARP Bulletin right here and love that I’ve reached 50 and my writing career is beginning. The years of dedication, sweat and classes, the rejections, piles of workshop notes and overloaded bookcases, means I’ve been distilling who I will become.
    Writing is one career where both age and miles, on the journey of life, are a good thing.

  4. annaaleta
    annaaleta says:

    Writing can be a pretty lonely job too, Tess. The hours spent alone in front of the computer, tapping on keys through the stretch of the night while the others in the house are already sleeping, and finding yourself talking to your characters just to shake off the drowsiness.

    What makes it rewarding is having people tell you you’ve met the deadline, the production team can now work and soon enough, you’ll see your characters come to life onscreen. Then the audiences who get to watch the show would say, “Well done, the story is good!”

    Only then can you turn to your husband and daughter and have some well-deserved fun!

    That’s pretty much what I do.
    And no matter how difficult it is, at the end of the day (or the beginning of one in my ‘sleepless-night case’), thank God that I could still sleep with a smile on my face.

    Cheers to all of us writers!

  5. medic9842
    medic9842 says:

    Hi Tess,
    I am not a writer but enjoy reading. I have read everything you have written and can hardly wait for your next book. Are your working on a new book?

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