Wednesday, April 07, 2010


I'm 41 that too old to still be pursuing a writing career?



There are novelists who don't get published until after they retire. The Writers' Academy takes plenty of over 40s. So age isn't the key factor.

Commonly held wisdom suggests a five year minimum to break in as a writer, with ten years no uncommon. So the real question is, how long have you been pursuing this goal/dream?

Adaddinsane said...

I'm 51 and started a couple of years ago.

I just say "bollocks to 'em" if they think age is an issue.

(And today's verification word is "citchips" - urban deep-fried potato pieces.)

Anonymous said...

I'm 38 this year and only now pursuing my dream of screenwriting. I have a ten year plan in place and have already achieved my first goal for this year by having a spec script to sell. I'm now well into my second goal of entering Script Frenzy 2010.

Have a dream, but have a plan.

Dominic Carver said...

Year nine of my ten year plan, but to be honest I don't think I'll ever give up as I love it too much. It's more addictive than crack.

Janice Okoh said...

I am always intrigued by this 5 year rule, when is the starting point? From when you decide to become a writer? When you write your first script? When you quit your job? When?