I love this article that came out today about an 86 year old woman who has self-published a steamy romance novel. It just goes to prove you’re never too old to write! Not only that, but it’s a great exercise for your brain. Personally, I have to make myself lists not only in my writing but in my day to day activities. Writing causes a person to constantly reorganize and re-evaluate work.
I write several drafts and as I go through each draft I make little notes that will have to be addressed in the next draft. For instance in the book I’m working on now my notes look something like this:
*Where is the dog? Write him in! For goodness sake, you have a whole book dedicated to him and he can’t score a single scene in this one?
*Give Leo’s mother more lines. She’s melting into the background.
*Make sure you haven’t mentioned this fact before scene 2.12
And on and on and on. I really do take on the “character” of an editor in my notes. If I feel snarky about something, I just go on ahead and write that too. If I don’t constantly” laundry list” what I need to do, then I end up wasting precious writing time rethinking what is wrong with my manuscript. Sorry to have to tell you, I ALWAYS find something wrong. Maybe it’s perfectionism, but all you have to do is look at how I load a dishwasher to know I’m no perfectionist! I just don’t always get it right the first time.
I hope to be writing at 86. I know I’ll still be making mistakes, but that’s just part of the journey.
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