Are You Too Old (or Too Young) to Become a Writer?

Are You Too Old (or Too Young) to Become a Writer?

Are You Too Old (or Too Young) to Become a Writer? (title image)

This post was originally published in March 2016, and updated in August 2020.

An email from an Aliventures reader landed in my inbox with the subject line, “Am I too old to become a writer?”

I opened it up, assuming she was in her 70s or 80s.

No.

She was 37.

Here’s part of my reply to her:

Plenty of people wait till they’re retired — heck, I’m sure to a lot of just-getting-started writers, you’re young. Hurrah for you getting on with the novel now!

But whatever her age, my answer would’ve been the same: you’re not too old. Keep writing.

Because you’re never too old to become a writer. (more…)

How to Beat Three Common Causes of Writing Procrastination – Today

How to Beat Three Common Causes of Writing Procrastination – Today

How to Beat Three Common Causes of Writing Procrastination - Today

Quick note: I’d be really grateful if you could take this year’s Aliventures survey (it’ll only take a few minutes):

Aliventures Survey: Summer 2020

I use the survey responses to help me plan what to write about on the blog and to help shape other resources that I create on Aliventures. This year, I’m particularly looking at the possibility of creating an online group to offer writers a sense of communtiy and peer support, and I’d love to have your input on that.


This post was originally published in January 2012 and updated in July 2020.

One theme’s come through already in the survey responses: procrastination.

It’s the bane of many writers … or would-be writers. Some people spend months, even years, trying to get round to writing, but never quite manage to.

Others do write, but they end up spending far more time procrastinating than actually writing, and they feel frustrated at their lack of progress.

It’s easy to end up feeling like procrastination is just part of who you are, something you can’t really change … but that’s not really the case.

Procrastination is simply a symptom of a cause; a sign that something in your writing world needs attention.

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About

I’m Ali Luke, and I live in Leeds in the UK with my husband and two children. Aliventures is where I help you master the art, craft and business of writing.

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If you’re new, welcome! These posts are good ones to start with:

Can You Call Yourself a “Writer” if You’re Not Currently Writing? 

The Three Stages of Editing (and Nine Handy Do-it-Yourself Tips)

What to Do When Your Writing Goals Seem a Long Way Off

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My contemporary fantasy trilogy is available from Amazon. The books follow on from one another, so read Lycopolis before the others.

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