I can't believe it's already time for the August meeting of the Insecure Writer's Support Group, hosted by Alex J. Cavanaugh. Thank you as always to Alex!
For this month's meeting, I'm re-posting a post I made back in March, 2011, when there were about five people reading this blog. I recently came across the article I referenced in this post again and found it as inspiring now as I did when I first shared it, so I thought it would be appropriate to share it again for the IWSG. Here is my original post:
There was never anything rational about this, as when I have come upon people my age or older who are trying new projects or pursuing new paths, I have never once felt that they were foolish, and I never would. So I'm not sure why I held myself to a harsher standard, except for the fact that I've always been my own worst critic, and old habits die hard.
As I still have these thoughts swirling around in my head, I was pleased to come upon this article by Richard Goodman called, appropriately enough, Never Too Late.
The title of the article, which originally appeared in The Writer magazine and was reprinted on the Gotham Writers' Workshop website, caught my eye immediately. I was hoping it was about what I thought it was about. And sure enough, it was.
It was inspiring to me to read that Goodman was older than I am now when he published his first book. I could totally relate to his thoughts and experiences, and I found myself nodding my head in agreement more than once.
While I found the whole essay inspiring, I particularly enjoyed reading about Harriet Doerr, who wrote her first book Stones for Ibarra when she was 73.
If it wasn't too late for Doerr at 73 or Goodman at 46, then surely it's not too late for me, either.
Or at least I hope it's not. See, old habits die hard. ;)
As I mentioned last week, I interviewed Michael Pierce about his wonderful book Provex City for my Books column. The interview has now been published and is available here. Thanks again to Michael for sharing with me!