By Patricia Bradley
How many times heard you heard someone say, “I’d love to write a book, but I’m too old.”
And it isn’t limited to writing a book. Mention learning anything new and I hear the same response—“Oh, I could never do that.” What bugs me most is that the person won’t even try.
……(cue Jeopardy music)………Bear with me a minute—I’m thinking. Part of me wants to say no, but then I think about how I used to climb trees, and while in my mind, I think I could still do it, I’m not sure I’d want to unless a bear was chasing me.
Physically, we might not be able to do what we once did, but there are so many other things we can do. One year at Christmas my mother learned to text. She was ninety. She had a Facebook page when she passed away at ninety-three. She always wanted to be challenged.
So do I. And I think that’s the key—a desire to stretch myself. We all need to stretch ourselves beyond our comfort zone.
I hear it now. “I don’t even know how to start.”
That’s the easy part. Be it writing a book or learning how to use a computer. Take a class. Did you know after age sixty, about 60% of accredited colleges offer a waiver for senior students? And at most colleges you can audit a class for free. Check it out here (link: http://money.usnews.com/money/articles/2009/04/20/forget-tuition-how-retirees-can-attend-college-for-free) and here: (http://www.ehow.com/info_7958266_colleges-senior-citizens-tuition.html)
Whatever you decide to do, be sure to learn the nuts and bolts of how to do it.
I believed God called me to write, and not just any old story, but suspense stories. Except I wasn’t having any luck with them. I was sixty-five when I went to my first writing retreat. I had been writing for almost twenty-five years with success in writing short pieces but had not gotten any results from my novels. I was making the same mistakes over and over because I didn’t have anyone to tell me what I was doing wrong…or right. But at the retreat I learned so much and went back three more years. After the third year, I got an agent and a publisher and my first book, Shadows of the Past was published after I turned 69.
So, you can do it! But you need desire and discipline to do what it takes to learn whatever it is you desire…and once you learn the craft, you’ll be ready when God opens the door.
By the way, Justice Betrayed, the third book in my second series with Revell, released June 5. And I’m working on the first book in my third series, not yet titled but set in Natchez, Mississippi, bringing my total books written since 2012 to eleven plus two novellas.
So, don’t tell me you can’t do it. If I can do it, so can you. Do like I did—pray and ask God if writing is what He wants you to do. If He says yes, then go for it! For if God is for you, who can stop you? Will it be easy? Probably not, but anything worth having is worth working for.
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Winner of an Inspirational Readers’ Choice Award in Suspense, Patricia Bradley lives in North Mississippi with her rescue kitty, Suzy, and loves to write suspense with a twist of romance. Her Logan Point and Memphis Cold Case Novels are available at all on-line retailers and major bookstores. JUSTICE Betrayed, the third book in the Memphis Cold Case Novels released last month. Connect with Patricia on her blog, Twitter (@ptbradley1) and Facebook.