Things Other People Accomplished When They Were Your Age.
Plug in your age and see who did what .. could be depressing or inspirational, but should encourage you to get on with Mount Everest or finishing that screen play.
“More and more, I suspect blooming only happens when we stop talking about whether it’s early or late. When we stop comparing our idiosyncratic creative trajectories tit for tat. When we simply sit down and do the work, our work. In the end, isn’t that all that really matters?”
The Writers’ Dojo takes a ‘serious’ look at late bloomers and offers a suggestion: “I wonder, instead, if it isn’t a better idea to see creativity and art as part of the flow of life and our lives, something we inhabit and do, a continuous, unfolding arc of possibility rather than an arrival at a destination bound and determined solely by our subjective notions of time?”
via Late Blooming, Serious | Writers’ Dojo.
Offbeat Lessons From Three Late-Blooming Writers
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”.
the oldest Oscar winner for Best Original Screenplay at age 74.
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!
Late Bloomer With “A Flawless Lens”
Wins National Book Award for First Novel at 73
The ultimate late bloomer, Harriet Doer finished her degree at Stanford at 67 and won a national book award at 73 (Stones for Ibarra).
A heart warming story of a woman with “an almost flawless lens, with a capacity to make a world out of the fragmentary images she had caught” – Wallace Stegner, Stanford University.
A reader of Advanced Fiction Writing Blog asks, “How do you know when you’re too old to write a novel?”
Read answers from the blog, plus 19 of its readers! Some of their answers will surprise you!
Advanced Fiction Writing Blog » Blog Archive » What if You’re a Late Bloomer Novelist?.
Not all writers, but venerable, nonetheless. Here you’ll find Harlan Sanders, who founded his Kentucky Fried Chicken franchise at 65 and went on to become a multimillionaire, Grandma Moses, who first picked up a paint brush at 75 and the amazing
96 year old Harry Bernstein, 1st time author of "The Invisible Wall"
Harry Bernstein, who published his first novel at 96. Bernstein, who just passed away in June of this year stated “If I had not lived until I was 90, I would not have been able to write this book. It just could not have been done even when I was 10 years younger. I wasn’t ready. God knows what other potentials lurk in other people, if we could only keep them alive well into their 90s.” Read this Psychology Today article to be inspired – and then get on with whatever still burns in your heart.
“My advice to ‘Late Bloomers’ is to realize that time is passing and that if you are ever going to write, there is a certain urgency that you do. Also discard all non-supportive friends and family members – that doesn’t mean stay with folks who praise you, but folks who help you with their criticism.” Naomi Wakan, author of the book, Late Bloomer: On writing later in life
Read the Full Article: It’s Never Too Late – Andrea McKenzie