NaNoWriMo – 26 – Don’t Tell Me You’re Too Old

 To build any creative life you need two things: dreams and action.
~~ Ariel Gore

Famous Writer

 Video hasn’t killed the lit star yet. James Michener was forty when he published Tales of the South Pacific. Frank McCourt was a sixty-six-year-old retired school teacher when Angela’s Ashes came out. Maya Angelou published her debut memoir, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, at forty-two. Fannie Flagg was forty-three when Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistlestop Cafe came out. And Mark Haddon wowed the lit world at age forty with The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime. Everything you lack in adolescent glow is fulfilled with life experience. Youth can be an asset if you’re not afraid to sell it, but your every scar and wrinkle are assets, too. So don’t tell me you’re too old.

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Gore, A. (2007). How to become a famous writer before you’re dead: Your words in print and your name in lights (p. 16, 29). New York: Three Rivers Press.

For the most part, this blog is about reading and writing m/m romances, but there are a few personal reflections, some writerly information, and a bit of writing practice. Thank you for stopping by.

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2 comments on “NaNoWriMo – 26 – Don’t Tell Me You’re Too Old
  1. kirizar says:

    I will try to take heart from this representation, even as I realized I am older the 4/5ths of the writer’s referenced at the debut of their first work. Thank God for Frank McCourt.

  2. Lol! You’re so funny! You voice the thoughts in my head. Add to those names Lilian Jackson Braun. I know there are more. I figure it’s not too late til you’re dead or too senile to put together a coherent thought.

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