In today’s Journal
* Writers Are Ageless
* Of Interest
Today’s post is a guest blog, a repeat of Dan Baldwin’s most recent Writing Tip of the Week. It is posted in its entirety by permission of the author. Enjoy.
Writers Are Ageless
A young whippersnapper friend of mine seriously and politely asked, “What’s is it like being old?”
I thought for half a second and said the following. “My friend, I am young enough to hike, climb, scramble, trip, fall, get up and camp all alone in some of the most spectacular country in the world. And I’m experienced enough to appreciate it.
“I go to work every day not because I have to, but because I love to; every day my writing creates something new and, for me at least, something exciting and of value.
“I have ancient memories to cherish and plans for new adventures well into the future. Additionally, I am working with an amazing group of people who are exploring fundamental mysteries of the universe.
“What is it like to be old? I don’t know. You’ll have to ask people your age.”
We writers are among the most fortunate of people. We can live, at least for a time every day, in whatever time and whatever world we want. We can even create our own worlds and our own times.
Escape from the so-called drudgery of the world isn’t a dream as it is for most folks; for writers, it’s our daily reality. That’s not a bad way to get through the day; not bad at all.
Gracias for all of that, Dan.
Talk with you again soon.
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Disclaimer: In this blog, I provide advice on writing fiction. I advocate a technique called Writing Into the Dark. To be crystal clear, WITD is not “the only way” to write, nor will I ever say it is. However, as I am the only writer who advocates WITD both publicly and regularly, I will continue to do so, among myriad other topics.