What constitutes “old” or “older”? Older seems sort of relative. When I was younger, I looked at my mother and aunts and thought, they’re old. Now, I realize they were probably in their forties at the time. That’s not old. But what is old?
A friend of mine and a great author, Sylvia Dickey Smith, now writes for Examiner.com as the Austin Writing Examiner columnist. Her niche is writing about older women writers. When she asked if I would write a couple of paragraphs about how it’s a plus or an advantage to be an older writer, I thought, hmm, I’m not old…but I am older…and being older is an advantage. (Thus, totally skirting facing the question, am I old? I can duck questions with the best of them.)
So I wrote the paragraphs and she took what I wrote and made me sound smart and coherent. (I told you she was a great writer.)
The article is now up. It’s called, “Helen Ginger Goes from Mermaid to Wonder Woman.” (Sylvia is also witty and prone to hyperbole.)
Also, if you’re an older woman writer, Sylvia is looking for authors to interview.
But back to the original question. When it comes to writers/authors, what age would you consider as “old”?
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