Debra Eve, a finalist in the “Write it Sideways” (from a fresh perspective) contest, brings us the whimsical stories of three offbeat writers who bloomed later in life and reminds us to ‘follow our weird”.
Bram Stoker was a bit of a hack until the success of Dracula, written in his 40s. P.D. James (87) got the idea for her latest whodunit while recovering from hip surgery. David Seidler recently became the oldest Oscar winner for Best Original Screenplay at age 74 for “The King’s Speech”.
The King’s Speech percolated in Seidler’s psyche for over 50 years but it had to be written. Seidler, a stutterer followed “his weird”, according to Bruce Sterling in his sage advice for all writers. Thanks Debra! Great article!