Think you’re too old to write? This blog will speak for itself.
- In June 2005, Bertha Wood had her first book Fresh and Fun: The Story of a Blackpool Holiday Camp published. She began writing her memoirs at age 90 and her book of memoirs was published on her 100th birthday. What a great birthday present.
- Author Ida Pollock sold millions of books over her career. She used 10 different author pseudonyms during her lifetime and had the uncanny ability to write a novel in just 6 weeks. Largely a romance novelists, Ida died aged 105, just weeks before her 125th novel was published.
- Jim Downing was 102 years old when his book The Other Side of Infamy was accepted for publication.
Many of our best loved writers didn’t begin until their later years.
- Laura Ingalls Wilder, the creator of the Little House series, didn’t start writing until after she retired, age 65. Her first book, Little House in the Big Woods, came out in 1932, and Little House on the Prairie came out in 1935. Laura Ingalls Wilder died at age 90 with a wonderful heart-warming legacy.
- Frank McCourt, who wrote the best-selling classic Angela’s Ashes, made his publishing debut at age 66.
- Richard Adams’ Watership Down was published at age 52. It was an instant classic.
- Bram Stoker was 50 when Dracula found success.
- Many of our Yshift authors are in their later years. It’s their tapestry of rich life experience that gives them such enriching, wise and memorable stories to share.
BEST ADVICE FOR OLDER WRITERS?
There is no age barrier! It’s not ice-skating or gymnastics! You’re never too old to write. As said by best-selling novelist Anne Rice, now age 75:
- “On writing, my advice is the same to all. If you want to be a writer, write. Write and write and write. If you stop, start again. Save everything that you write. If you feel blocked, write through it until you feel your creative juices flowing again. Write. Writing is what makes a writer, nothing more and nothing less.”
- “If you won’t write the classics of tomorrow, well, we will not have any.” ― Anne Rice