If you’re good enough, you’re old enough

Welcome back to another blog hop, with #OpenBook. Here’s this week’s prompt.

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How old is too old to be a writer? Too young?

One of the great things that self-publishing has given people who have ideas is the chance (no matter what their age or anything else) to write a book and get it in front of readers.

I don’t think that age has as much to do with it as people claim. You get debut authors of all ages. I was fifty-five when I published Freefall and Mary Wesley was seventy-one when her first book came out. Others have been in their teens.

Nor, for that matter does experience. After all, I write Sci-fi but I have no experience of space travel or the technology of the future.

All you really need are ideas and the time to develop them. As well as the willingness to do the thing that nobody ever tells you about, RESEARCH.

Because even if your story isn’t true, it has to sound true.

And there’s one other thing, which I’ll mention later.

Here’s an example, my grandchildren are into Sci-fi, particularly my grandson. He’s six but he invents worlds and situations on the fly, while he’s playing with building blocks or drawing the cities of the future.

The ideas he has are incredible, all he needs is the ability to organise his thoughts and type and he could be the next big thing.

The other thing is ENCOURAGEMENT.

I hope he gets it, from his teachers and everyone else in his life. Because I never had it at school.

I was told my ideas were stupid and that I couldn’t write to save my life. If someone had taken an interest, I might have started writing a little earlier than I did.

I often wonder how damaging the urge to conform that many teachers enforce has been to our society’s development.

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4 Responses

    • Richard Dee

      Everyone has a voice, at any age. With confidence and encouragement comes original expression, not conformity.

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