Notes from An Alien

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Just a Bit More Conversation about What Age Brings to Writing . . .


This is a new category of Blog Conversation posts… Old Writer

Not on a Monday, Wednesday, or Friday…

Something I wondered how I’d handle and now am doing…

A reader has left a comment on a Conversation that we’d left behind—What Age Brings to Writing, with two posts on August 6th and 8th

For any new readers, if a conversation receives no comments, I move on to a new conversation…

So here we are, on a Thursday, stepping back to record a valuable comment on the August 8th post about What Age Brings to Writing ( it’s a bit humbling for me that Sarah addresses me directly in her comment…) :

“Hello there. Interesting (and frankly encouraging) that you didn’t start writing until your late fifties. I often think I’m on the back foot getting going in my late thirties but clearly there’s plenty of time! For me, I think the things age bring to writing can sometimes be a bit of a barrier. All the books I’ve read, all the things I want to do with my writing, I think sometimes the over-awareness of these things can inhibit my writing, and I imagine a younger me might have been far less concerned about what they were putting on the page. Saying that, it might have made me a quicker writer, but not necessarily a better one. Not that I consider myself to be of a great age, but I do think that the knowledge of change being a perpetual thing in life, the exposure to so many other’s ideas in the last ten years… that has to have an impact on what I write. This topic really made me stop and think, thank you. Also wanted to say thanks for your continuing support on my blog, really appreciate that you are sharing my work with the world. Hope to do the same for you! Thanks again, Sarah”

Just want to reiterate my humble near-astonishment at Sarah’s direct engagement with me in her comment—I appreciate it; but, it’s something that hasn’t happened very often on this blog…

Now, two excerpts from that comment with my responses:

“…the things age bring to writing can sometimes be a bit of a barrier.”

Amen, especially if the writer is persistent in trying to fit into some media-induced “right way”…

“I do think that the knowledge of change being a perpetual thing in life, the exposure to so many other’s ideas in the last ten years… that has to have an impact on what I write.”

Absolutely—an attitude of which every writer needs to remain aware—such awareness often being a pool of writerly resources…

Also, Sarah’s noting of my support of her blog could fit into a few other conversations we’ve had here :-)

So let me be as direct—Thank You, Sarah, for contributing to our conversation…
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