Speaking of years, they pass much too quickly. Children are born. They grow up, go to college, leave the nest. Jobs change, goals change, sometimes mates change or simply move on. Did we write that book? Grandparenthood brings new joys, and pending retirement comes with its own unique challenges. Time constraints ease—perhaps we can even call some days our own to do what we please. Did we write that book?
Many began their writing careers before the bloom of youth disappeared in a mist, never to be revisited. Others waited…or are still waiting. Is it someday yet? Let’s look at the advantages of writing after experiencing life’s roller-coaster ride—whether it’s our debut novel, a new release on our list of published works, or a story written solely for family and friends.
• We’ve run the gamut of emotions from love to hate to anger to joy to grief and more and can harness them to mold emotionally believable characters.
• We’ve raised a family and/or juggled a career, so we can present either or both scenarios realistically.
• We’ve dealt with a mate for better or worse and survived the terrible twos and terrifying teens, so we can speak with authenticity and heart about relationships.
• We’ve seen many sides of life—directly or through friends, loved ones, or the media—and feel comfortable in sharing its varied aspects through our characters.
• We’ve mellowed, at least a little, which gives us some advantage in storytelling. We can recall the volatility and extremes of younger years, the frustrations of middle age amid mounting insecurities in a changing world, the fear of growing old and becoming dependent on others; and all this is tempered with outcomes, good and bad, that make great grist for the writing mill.
• We’ve learned compassion for our fellow humans and seen the terrible toll of violence that creates headlines several times a week.
• We’ve broadened our horizons and learned to examine various facets of any situation rather than jump to conclusions.
|Linda Lane and her editing team mentor and encourage writers at all phases of the writing process. To learn more about what they do, please visit them at www.denvereditor.com.|