Notes from An Alien

~ Explorations In Writing { and reading and publishing } ~

Writing 101 ~ Don’t Let Yourself Feel Old

My body is officially “old”—my mind is “middle-aged”—my heart is very young—my spirit, ageless… A. J. Spindle

When I write, I blend all these phases of life…

When I edit, I’m constantly shooing away the old me—relying on the maturity of my middle-aged mind—letting my young heart guide me—urging my ageless spirit to shine through…

This blog has over 1,000 posts now; and, back in 2011 I wrote my 17th post—Learn From *Whoever* Has The Truth.

I’m going to reproduce it here with a bit of expansion.

I did some Googling to try to catch up with the young women featured in that post—seems she dropped off the map last year (apart from a few videos about her going to college)—hoping she’s only taking a brief hiatus from her writing life…

I also hope she’s discovering more about self-publishing…

Here’s the post from the past.


I woke up to the fact that I was a writer when I was 42…

It took me nearly 20 more years to get over the idea that what I wrote had to be perfect the first time I wrote it…

“Editing”? Hmmm… Ya know, I’m not a dumb person but I sure had some dumb ideas buried in my subconscious.

My first books were written and published with no outside input.

My Work-In-Progress has had a ton of input–from when I had the first, bare idea to right now and it won’t be published till April.

So, today, on Twitter, I met a 19-year-old woman, went to her blog, and watched a video of her telling me what it took me over 60 years to learn…

Her name is Amanda J. Spindle.

Here’s Her blog.

And, here is her consummately wise video about what it takes to write a book :-)

Now the expansion on that post—after Amanda was published:

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One response to “Writing 101 ~ Don’t Let Yourself Feel Old

  1. Alexander M Zoltai June 20, 2015 at 3:43 pm

    Reblogged this on Notes from An Alien and commented:

    Since there are over 1,100 posts on this blog; and, since I’m only committing to new posts on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, I thought I’d start Re-Blogging some of the older posts you may have missed…

    This one is for any aspiring (or, seasoned) writers; but, most especially, those who are either older or just feel old :-)


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