Is It Too Late to Start Writing After 50?

by Julie Rosenberg  on Jane Friedman site:

Today’s guest post is by author and physician executive Julie Rosenberg.


I have always wanted to write a book.

I grew up with a father who was an English professor and a high school principal. He stressed four things to his two daughters:

  1. Learn to stand on your own two feet.

  2. Pursue a career that you love and don’t let others dissuade you.

  3. Choose to meet the obstacles that you will face head-on.

  4. Learn to read, write, and speak well. He told us these abilities would serve us in all situations and in any career.

I have come to recognize in the intervening years that he was absolutely right.

By fourth grade, I was a passionate reader. I would wake before dawn and sit at the kitchen table, devouring Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Little House on the Prairie series and the Nancy Drew series. As I grew older, I started writing some short stories of my own. In high school, I loved taking English classes. I wrote (and re-wrote) paper after paper to make them better. It was grueling work—particularly since I attended high school prior to the widespread availability and use of computers and so all of my papers were typewritten. Still, I had always excelled at and enjoyed science as well and, by graduation, I knew that I would pursue a career in medicine.

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7 thoughts on “Is It Too Late to Start Writing After 50?

  1. I was the first woman in my extended family to go to and graduate from college. I earned three academic degrees. I raised three children while working full-time and attending college classes – also spent 22 years as a military wife. Finally, after practicing as a master’s level registered nurse for 35 years, I retired from “public” life. Since achieving the age of 60, I have written and published two commercially available books “Lines of Listening” and “Generations Intertwine.” Of course, anyone can write at any age.

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