Monday, March 22, 2010
What's your writing age?
In 2007, at age eighty-eight, Doris Lessing won the Nobel Prize for Literature.
I read that remarkable fact in a magazine this weekend. I was glad I did.
I'm certainly not old, but old enough to worry if I still have time to write a book worth reading. Old enough to worry when I waste one day of writing. Old enough to worry that if I take on too much in life, I'll not find the time to get my dream in before I'm ready to take up residence in a nursing home.
I actually feel a sweet relief today.
The older I get, the more experiences I will have to sift through and pour out onto the page. The older I get, the more emotions I'll have waged, the more battles and victories I'll have endured.
I'm not shooting for the Nobel Prize at all.
But then again, maybe Doris wasn't either.
How old are you in writing years?