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Yes, you can write that novel. Is there a book in you, waiting to be written? Have you ever thought that you ought to give it a try? Well, why not? Maybe the title of this article should be “Just Do It.” I was well into my seventies when I wrote my first novel. Yes, really! And now I have just completed my fifth.
I am convinced that if I can do it, thousands of others certainly could. How difficult is it? As I was soon to discover, story-telling is an art, but novel writing is a craft; it has to be learned, like any other. The good news is that there are plenty of people out there who can teach you how. And it isn’t expensive, believe me. In fact it is cheaper to start writing than it is to get into most of the conventional hobbies that folk pursue. The only tool you need is a computer or word processor (but of course you could start with nothing more than a biro and paper) and the only expense is the cost of a professional editor, who will teach you by email how to put it all together.
Tuition is one-to-one and the beauty of that is that you can learn at your own pace. Wonderful, and great fun. So, what qualifications do you need? Surprisingly few: knowing where to put the commas and full stops is useful, but a good editor will help you with that. You also need time, but since you can take it at your own pace, that should not be a problem. The best news is that if you are over sixty, you already have by far the most important qualification: life experience. It is the most under-rated, yet most valuable gift that we receive as we get older.
Ageing is ongoing, inevitable and relentless. As we age, simple physical tasks like weeding, washing the car or just walking to the shops, routine activities that we take for granted, get progressively more difficult. We slow down. Yet mentally we feel no older. We feel no different now than we did when we were in our forties or fifties. At an age when our bodies need new bits and physical infirmities can affect our quality of life, we still have our minds, often more alert and more effective than those of others far younger than us in physical age.
Best of all, we are privileged to have something they lack: many more years of life experience. A priceless asset that cannot be bought, it is earned only by staying alive. And if you are a good observer, you are already well qualified to become a writer. Just do it! Chris Calder, 2020 www.chriscalder.com
I'm new to silversurfers. I was looking at the games tab and clicked on the chess tab but I only seem to get a blank screen. Is it something I'm doing wrong? I'm not particularly good, I just enjoy playing and having a chat.
Hi. I’m useless at using a sewing machine but do like using a needle and thread.
In these times of total isolation, I'd love to learn a new skill of embroidery or cross-stitching.
No idea where to start or get the materials I’d need.
I've just finished making a crochet knee blanket - hopefully, it'll go into the annual fund-raising auction when my local day centre club reopens...
Wish I could work out how to attach a picture, as I'm quite pleased with the way it turned out..
Hello all, let me introduce myself. I am 79 and live in rural Yorkshire. I have led a very active life and had a happy life too with my beautiful daughters plus all the family that goes with daughters. I have quite enjoyed parts of lockdown as I am really self sufficient, albeit I have to get a gardener and cleaner to help me.. I had a career which involved the hospitality sector and finally a PA for a blue chip company. I love crime thriller books as well as historical and women’s novels. I have to admit though I am partial to Chris Carter. Peter James and Peter Robinson. Mainly because Peter Robinson’s crimes are set in North Yorkshire. Is there anyone out there wants a pen pal? The last one I had was age 11 from Persia!
Many of us are taking part in virtual quizzes at the moment with family and friends and are being asked to contribute a selection of quiz questions.
Why don't we help each other out and share some of our questions and answers that could be helpful for others to use in their own quizzes?
Post some of your favourites below with the answers too ...
I have been playing the Ukulele for 5 years now. I had no previous musical knowledge. We have a very lively and friendly local group which is part of a larger organisation called Go Ukulele Crazy. I now own three different Ukes. This particular hobby has seen me through some rough times abd I would thoroughly recommend anyone to try it.