Motivation Monday: Writing Age Is Just a Number

Who cares how old you were when you wrote and sold your first work?

Okay, you might. Chances are pretty good that if you’re reading this post, you probably do care. Here’s why you shouldn’t.

I was a late bloomer. But anyone who blooms at all, ever, is very lucky. -Sharon Olds


Writing is an ageless, timeless thing. It’s one of those things that doesn’t usually change, or fade, as you get older. Want proof? Here’s a story from The Guardian (Aug 2011) about a 93-year-old debut novelist whose steamy debut, A Dangerous Weakness, is helping her provide housing assistance for fellow elderly folks.

Seriously, she’s 93. Are you 93? No? Then stop worrying about how old you’re getting, and just keep writing.

How old were you when you sold your first writing work? What kind of work was it?

  • Adrian Lopez-Balbontin

    I just started my writing career two weeks ago. I’m 34 and I believe, having read the accounts of some of my heroes, that I’m behind the curve. And yet, looking at other writers’ lives, I feel like this is still my chance to give something that is inside me even though I’ve been afraid all of my life to do so.

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