You Are Never Too Old To Write

Never to old to write!

Never to old to write!

I love this article that came out today about an 86 year old woman who has self-published a steamy romance novel.  It just goes to prove you’re never too old to write!  Not only that, but it’s a great exercise for your brain.  Personally, I have to make myself lists not only in my writing but in my day to day activities.  Writing causes a person to constantly reorganize and re-evaluate work.

I write several drafts and as I go through each draft I make little notes that will have to be addressed in the next draft.  For instance in the book I’m working on now my notes look something like this:

*Where is the dog?  Write him in!  For goodness sake, you have a whole book dedicated to him and he can’t score a single scene in this one?

*Give Leo’s mother more lines.  She’s melting into the background.

*Make sure you haven’t mentioned this fact before scene 2.12

And on and on and on.  I really do take on the “character” of an editor in my notes.  If I feel snarky about something, I just go on ahead and write that too.  If I don’t constantly” laundry list” what I need to do, then I end up wasting precious writing time rethinking what is wrong with my manuscript.  Sorry to have to tell you, I ALWAYS find something wrong.  Maybe it’s perfectionism, but all you have to do is look at how I load a dishwasher to know I’m no perfectionist!  I just don’t always get it right the first time.

I hope to be writing at 86.  I know I’ll still be making mistakes, but that’s just part of the journey.

Just a reminder-my book Burnout will be free on Kindle from August 26 to 30!  If you don’t have a copy, save the date!

August 26-30!

August 26-30!

 

 

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