It's Never Too Late! Beginning a Writing Career Later in Life

Julia Child wrote her first cookbook at age 50.

Selling 50 million copies around the world, Richard Adams published Watership Down in his early 50's.

Laura Ingalls Wilder was 65 when she published her first "Little House" books.

After raising her family, Harriet Doerr finished her education, and at age 73, wrote Stones for Ibarra, reminiscent of her life in a Mexican mining town.

It's not time to wind down. It's time to get going! It's all about perspective. If you want to write, you will. You just need to know you can be successful, no matter your age.

Points to inspire:

  • Experience. You've accumulated a life time of it. You have something to offer whether it is a self-help book, novel, or magazine articles. Struggles and obstacles combined with creativity can have amazing results. Charles Dickens' experiences working in a factory as a youth is portrayed throughout his writing.
       Do you love to travel? Write about it! Gardening? Write about it! Cooking? 
       Write about it!
  • Education. Don't have it? Don't worry. It's not a necessity to have a college degree in order to be a successful author. Mark Twain, H. G. Wells, and Jack London did not have a college degree. Neither did Maya Angelou, Ray Bradbury, or Agatha Christie. Today, we are fortunate to have the internet. There are free and affordable online courses available to acquire writing skills and learn more about your niche. 
  • Timing. Linda Welch had a character in her mind for years. It wasn't until she arrived in the mountains of Utah, years after leaving her homeland of England and acclimating to life in America, did her character find a story.
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  • Perspective. Do you believe in yourself? Will you follow your dreams?

Anita Bruzzese, a writer who specializes in taking control of your career says:
Most notable among the people I interviewed was their “can-do” attitude; they were willing to stretch outside their comfort zone, excited to explore new options and weren’t afraid to admit what they didn’t know. 
Don't hit a dead end because you think it's too late. Even if you don't have the support or encouragement from friends or family, go for it anyway. 

What are you waiting for? Get started today.


 After raising and homeschooling her 8 children and teaching art classes for 10 years, Kathy has found time to pursue freelance writing. She enjoys writing magazine articles and more recently had her story, "One of a Kind", published in The Kids' ArkYou can find her passion to bring encouragement and hope to people of all ages at When It Hurts


Karen Cioffi said...

Kathleen, what an inspirational post and love the examples. It's so true, the older we are the more experiences and hopefully wisdom we have. Lots of fodder for writing great stories.

Denise Covey said...

What an inspiring post. One of my favourite authors, Rosamund Pilcher, published her first of many books at 80 I think it was...after a successful career in the media. When I was in my teens I felt I didn't have the life experience to write about interesting things. Now I'm much older and I have stories popping up in my head all the time, but not enough time in the day to get it all down.

Denise :-)

Shirley Corder said...

Great post, Kathleen. Thanks for the encouragement. I only started writing for publication at 54 after an aggressive fight with cancer. My first published BOOK was Strength Renewed, based on that fight, which Revell produced in 2012 when I was 68. I am into the editing stage of my next one and have just started my third. So no slowing down this side of the Atlantic!

Kathleen Moulton said...

Shirley, you are an inspiration. Thank-you for sharing!

Kathleen Moulton said...

Wow! 80 years old. Thanks for this, Denise.

Kathleen Moulton said...

Karen, I think we need all the inspiration and encouragement we can get. Life throws so much at us in our daily lives we can get weary. We all need something to aim for! Thanks for your comment.

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