Many people think they’re too old to write professionally. My response? It’s never too late. Take these famous authors, for example. They all started late in life.
- Anna Sewell only wrote one book, but what a book! She wrote it at age fifty-seven. Since then, it’s become a classic for all the horse lovers. Its title? Black Beauty. She died a year after its publication.
- James Michener wrote his first book, Tales of the South Pacific, when he was forty years old.
- Laura Ingalls Wilder’s writing career began when she was in her 40s, but her fame didn’t happen overnight. It came from her book, Little House in the Big Woods, published some twenty years later.
- Toni Morrison’s first novel, The Bluest Eye, was published when she was forty years old.
- Frank McCourt published his first book, Angela’s Ashes, at age sixty-six. He won several awards, among them the Pulitzer Prize.
No matter what our age, we can always be writers. For most of us, literary success doesn’t happen overnight. The key is to stick with it, study our craft, and continue revising and working on our projects. We may have to revise a hundred times, or we may only need to do ten revisions or less. Whatever it takes, keep working on our literary projects till we’re satisfied we’ve done our best.
Till next week, friends, keep on writing!
Frank McCourt’s photo credit: David Shankbone. All other photos are in the public domain.