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Blog Conversation about What Age Brings to Writing . . .


Age and Writing The last conversation here was about blog conversations themselves—a way to encourage folks to offer their ideas about what we could discuss…

If you’d like to add your ideas, check out Blog Conversation about Blog Conversations . . .

The most cool thing about having “what age brings to writing” as an offered topic is that two authors actually began the conversation in the comments of that last post:

“What a great question and very apt as I nearly stopped reading a novel I got out of the library because it was written in a colloquial style by a young person who obviously knew about the world of drug taking and it was so far from my experiences and included language that I would never write that I almost dismissed it as rubbish. Then I thought I’d try to get in the mind of the character and I carried on reading. Surprisingly I am enjoying the story as an insight into a different world!

“I wonder what kind of book the author will write when she’s my age?”

Then, another author said:

“Interesting re-framing…

“I started novel writing late. My first book has a mythical setting, though the language of my young protagonist is neutral – same in the sequel, which crosses the twentieth century into an imagined future.”

Then, the first author gives a short case study:

“Examples of two different writing styles:

“1. Young: ‘She turned the volume up on the telly as I got my fork and put a little bit of every yummy thing on the plate all squooshed up on it until it was almost too big to go in my mouth.’ ( Someday Find Me by Nikki Cloke).

“2. Old: ‘Even the Christmas meal seemed too much—as if they had all changed their eating habits and couldn’t revert to the mountains of meat, the Yorkshire puddings and the generous helpings of vegetables and roast potatoes.’ ( The Third Lane by Julie C Round)

“I suppose I should have found a classic for comparison but my book was handy!”

So…

Two things…

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9 responses to “Blog Conversation about What Age Brings to Writing . . .

  1. martinaseveckepohlen August 6, 2018 at 4:32 am

    My first thought was “experience”, but then I hesitated.
    Experience, yes, but young authors also have experience. And even people who worked at the same time with the same kind of people have different memories and experiences.
    In the late 1990s, I taught German to Russian speaking migrants. Now my students mostly speak Arabic. There are differences, but there are also similarities. When I discuss students with other teachers who are my age, have worked with Russian migrants and work now with Syrian migrants, it seems as if they see the 1990s as the golden Age of teaching, with educated, intelligent, interested, hard working, open minded students, whereas students now are passive, uneducated and biased. Even when we talk about the same person, the impressions are totally different.
    So – experience?
    Looking back at the discussions over the last years I came to the conclusions that, as a writer, I have a different look at my surroundings and at my students. I see more facets to them – which doesn’t always help teaching, especially when a student has very many facets to consider (or to overlook – as a kind of self-defence by filtering out).
    Meeting and getting to know people on the other hand helps me when I create characters. So experience comes into my writing, my personal angle of looking at the world.

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  2. Jane Watson August 6, 2018 at 7:48 am

    I believe that my ability to write a paragraph has changed little since I was quite young. However I think/hope that my ability to THINK has changed. Hopefully I see more layers and more paradoxes where once I just skimmed the surface of life and wrote accordingly :-)

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  3. dgkaye August 6, 2018 at 8:52 pm

    With age comes experience – a precious commodity. :)

    Like

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