Today I am sharing blogging space with Madeline Sharples on her blog. It is my hope that you’ll follow me over to Madeline’s to talk about when a person becomes too old to write. I think you already know my answer!
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Lately I’ve been asked by friends and family what I’m doing with my time in retirement. Since I left my position with a local law firm in 2006, I’ve spent a lot of time with expensive surgeons who have corrected my eyesight and repaired a lot of bones. I discount those months as paid medical leave (paid by me and my retirement fund) and explain that I’m at last fulfilling a lifelong dream of writing.
The responses I have received are jarring, startling and some even painful:
- Aren’t you too old to be writing a book? (Excuse me?)
- At this stage in your life, do you really want to deal with the burden of writing and then publishing a book? (I really love it!)
- What if no one wants to publish a book by a retired legal secretary? (I beg your pardon?)
- What do you have to write about? (Stories – lots of stories.)
And the list goes on. I try to smile and make polite comments. However, I didn’t realize there was an age limit on when a person could write a book.
At a workshop I attended last winter, one of the workshop coordinators took a moment to announce a regular attendee was no longer with us. (Read the remainder of the post here . . .)