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Re: Writers who were published after the age of 40
« Reply #150 on: March 24, 2011, 08:46 PM »
Can a newbie post on this thread?  Hope so, because I found this topic enormously encouraging.  I spend too much time being angry at my 20-year old self (why didn't you work on your writing more?  What were you thinking going to graduate school?  If you had started down this road twenty years ago you could maybe have something published by now!  And for the love of pete, please get a real hair style.  Yeah, I'm a bit crotchety toward my 20-year old self :-)  On good days, I think --hey, I was gathering material, I was gaining much needed perspective and experience for my writing.  On bad days I think--hey, I wasted a heck of a lot of time.  But anyway, I can't turn the clock back and here I am at 40 writing and enjoying the writing and hoping one day to share my stuff with a wider audience. And I am definitely grateful for this fantastic community of writers for children.  I've got a long way to go and it helps to learn that publication can happen at ANY age.  Thanks to all for the message and the chance to read about so many success stories at 40 and 50 and 60+!

Carolyn

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Re: Writers who were published after the age of 40
« Reply #151 on: March 24, 2011, 08:52 PM »
Er, 45?
Actually, my first story came when I was 14 (local printer, print run of <100), but then I suffered a 31-year drought.

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Re: Writers who were published after the age of 40
« Reply #152 on: March 24, 2011, 08:57 PM »
Welcome, Carolyn!

I think everyone has an age at which their writing suddenly becomes "live." I have written all my life, but when I was 30, something different happened with my stories. Maybe I wasn't ready for publication yet, maybe I had a lot to learn and a long way to go (er, I'm still going)--but I felt a little switch flip in my head and from then on, the things I wrote took on their own life. Hard to explain. But if I hadn't done all the reading and writing and had all the experiences I had to that point, it wouldn't have happened. I don't think anyone needs to feel bad about starting earlier or later. A lot goes into writing, not just...yanno, the writing.

Um, but I really, really hope I sell something before I'm 80 as well! Maybe I can get into the Blueboard nursing home and we can have a crit group meeting while everyone else is playing bingo... :)

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Re: Writers who were published after the age of 40
« Reply #153 on: March 25, 2011, 04:29 AM »
Er, 45?
Actually, my first story came when I was 14 (local printer, print run of <100), but then I suffered a 31-year drought.
You beat me, Saul.  My first batch of stories were printed locally back in 1991.  They were appalling but some of the children enjoyed them when I read them in the village library.  I only have one withering copy of the first print story left. 
Truly appalling. :gaah

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Re: Writers who were published after the age of 40
« Reply #154 on: March 25, 2011, 03:55 PM »
I think the older we get the smarter we get.  At least that is what I keep telling myself. :lol2 Getting first pair of bifocals.  :groan  I am in my early 40's and I am just starting out working on my first story.     

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Re: Writers who were published after the age of 40
« Reply #155 on: March 25, 2011, 04:07 PM »
I was forty when my first book came out.

Richard Adams was 52 when his first book, Watership Down, came out. Wilson Rawls was 48 when his first book, Where the Red Fern Grows, came out. Robert C. O'Brien was 50 when his first book, The Silver Crown came out. Three of my favorite books.

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Re: Writers who were published after the age of 40
« Reply #156 on: March 25, 2011, 07:02 PM »
If I knew that Richard Adams was 52 when he published Watership Down I'd forgotten it-- thanks for that example, Kurtis.  (I LOVE Watership Down.)  And thanks for the welcome, Olmue!  I'm very glad to know that there are children's writers of all ages here...

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Re: Writers who were published after the age of 40
« Reply #157 on: March 29, 2011, 05:30 PM »
Me too, Stephanie. :)
Making metaphors out of molehills for over thirty years.

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Re: Writers who were published after the age of 40
« Reply #158 on: April 01, 2011, 07:52 AM »
Saw a few grey more hairs emerging after I dried my mop this morning.  Looks  like I will have a full mop by the time I am even half-way to getting my story in the door of a publisher. :groan

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Re: Writers who were published after the age of 40
« Reply #159 on: April 01, 2011, 08:11 AM »
For writers and artists of all ages...enjoy!

The Restaurant


A group of 40 year old girlfriends discussed where they should meet for lunch.

Finally it was agreed upon that they should meet at the Ocean View
restaurant because the waiters there had tight pants and nice buns.

10 years later at 50 years of age, the group once again discussed where they
should meet for lunch. Finally it was agreed that they should meet at
the Ocean View restaurant because the food there was very good and the wine
selection was good also.

10 years later at 60 years of age, the group once again discussed where
they should meet for lunch. Finally it was agreed that they should meet at
the Ocean View restaurant because they could eat there in peace and quiet
and the restaurant had a beautiful view of the ocean.


10 years later, at 70 years of age, the group once again discussed where
they should meet for lunch. Finally it was agreed that they should
meet at the Ocean View restaurant because the restaurant was wheel chair
accessible and they even had an elevator.


10 years later, at 80 years of age, the group once again discussed where
they should meet for lunch. Finally it was agreed that they should
meet at the Ocean View restaurant because they had never been there before.




What's for pudding, Mimmy?

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Re: Writers who were published after the age of 40
« Reply #160 on: April 01, 2011, 08:19 AM »
 :uhuh
My Gran's 88 in two months time.  There's no way she'd be caught going to the same restaurant four decades in a row.  Besides, she was in Argentina at a rugby match last  November.
The closest I got to that was a soccer match in Milan!