It’s really easy to get down and think life is passing you by … Believe me, I’ve been there! Once upon a time I was absolutely CERTAIN there was no way I could ever publish a book, or help make a film … I was far too old and I had missed my chance. I had a job to do and kids to raise and no time for all that nonsense … I was twenty three and a grown up!!

Now, you might think I was just too young to get it, but fact is, there are writers older than I was back then thinking EXACTLY this. I hear all the time from writers, “It’s too late for me.” They’ll point to their jobs, careers, responsibilities, commitments as supposed proof they “can’t” write, or they “can’t” leave their mark on the literary or screenwriting world … They just don’t have the time!

But I’m reminded of a letter of I got from the great TV writer Jimmy McGovern that lit a fire under me. It was scribbled in (blue) biro on a piece of lined paper obviously ripped out of a notebook. It simply said,

“Lucy: if you want to write? You will write.”

He actually sent it to me when I’d written to him when I was about fourteen. I didn’t get it at first; I filed it in a box for safe keeping … I found it nearly a decade later, when I was moving house and about to give up my writing dreams (aged twenty three) and go work in a boarding school (yes, a boarding school … can you imagine??). THAT’s when I got it. Thanks Jimmy McG!

So, thanks to Essay Mama, here is the evidence it is NEVER too late for you, so get writing! Oh and if you like, you can buy my books HERE or click the pic below.

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5 Responses to It Is NEVER Too Late To Start Writing Your Masterpiece

  1. Pinar Tarhan says:

    Great, this really helps with my occasionally Crap, I’ve turned 30, and my fiction isn’t published yet!” syndrome :) I know the stats, but we are writers. We do have our “that glass is freaking empty moments!”

    My looming non-fiction deadline and the almost finale of one of my favorite shows (Perception) aren’t helping right now:)

  2. Chip Tolson says:

    I’ve written for many years with some short story prizes and in anthologies. Bit the bullet last month and published a fable on Amazon/Kindle – “The Battle of Slotterham Hall, AD 1929″ – in which the Pheasants resolve to challenge the Shoot; and now have a novel in final edit to publish on Amazon in a couple of months. Oh, and I’m 75, it’s never too late!

  3. Carole Blake says:

    And don’t forget Mary Wesley whose first novel for adults was published when she was 71. I have a client who I took on when she was 70. She’s now published 16 novels, and delivered a new manuscript to me last week. It’s never too late!

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