Better late than never!
‘Tis better to have written and published, than never to have done so at all.
George Eliot didn’t publish Middlemarch until she was 52.
Laura Ingalls Wilder, best known for her Little House series, first published in her mid-sixties.
Mary Wesley published her first novel, Jumping the Queue, in her early seventies.
Harriet Doerr published her first novel, Stones for Ibarra, at the age of 73.
You might be thinking to yourself that you’ve never heard of the latter two authors. Well, not many have heard of me either. It doesn’t diminish achievement.
I published my first novel, Underlying Notes, when I was 58.
The reasons for starting a writing career later in life are diverse as the stories we tell. Here’s mine:
At the age of twelve, I pounded chapter stories in the genres of mystery and espionage, replete with dialogue, on my girly-pink Tom Thumb typewriter. In high school, I wrote a romance novella which earned its place on a library shelf. The rigors of college, and the demands placed on a rewarding teaching career, shelved further creative writing ambitions until I retired from the profession.
No lines of defense are needed for justifying late bloomers who embark on new career paths later in life. For the milieu of writing, the wisdom acquired from having paid the consequences enriches our stories. Hence, my novels are descriptive, introspective, and explore the gamut of inner conflicts: convention vs. rebellion; fate vs. free will; loyalty vs. betrayal; unbridled love vs. sacrifice; death–inevitable or tragic?
*Fill in the blank:
‘Tis better to have _______________, than never to have done so at all.
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