All too soon, I’ll be entering my last year as a fifty something.
I can hear you –
Wow – you’re old!
Of course, I claim to be 29 with 30 year’s experience.
I must confess – I sometimes feel like I’m in my 50’s.
I just did an all-nighter with our youth group. I had no problem staying awake despite the hours of laser tag, go-cart racing, ga-ga ball and 9-square. But now, a day and a half later, I’m still sore.
Regardless of the aches and waning stamina, this has been the best decade of my life.
Each decade of my life has had it’s pains and joys, failures and triumphs.
This decade started with marriage. I got to see three of my kids become adults. I began teaching a group of boys whom I will lead at church through their graduation in 2028.
All that is good, but one of the most exciting parts of my fifties is the fact that I started learning how to write at a higher level.
It’s an ongoing process and I admit I am breaking the rules with this rambling blog. Still, it’s been an incredible journey.
I have loved seeing these crazy ideas swimming around my head taking shape on paper.
I do have one regret.
Had I known what joy writing would bring me, I would have started when I was younger.
Don’t get me wrong. I’ve enjoyed my career in technology. It’s just that I now realize what a joy that writing is.
If you are young and have been bitten by the writing bug – pursue it!
If, like me, you’re not so young anymore and have experienced that blazing urge to write – pursue it!
Some of you may have the luxury of pursuing writing in college. That’s awesome.
Most of us will never make a full-time income from writing. For us, there are still many ways to pursue our writing.
I have compiled a short list of resources for the Christian writer which I will upload to the resources page on my website (as soon as I create it).
These are just a few of the resources available to writers to learn and grow and connect to other writers, agents, and publishers.
I created this list for a Christian writers small group that I lead every other Monday evening. Anyone in the Denver area is welcome to join us. We meet every other Monday (including this Monday, Feb. 27, 2023) at 6:30pm at the Café at Barnes and Noble at 120th and Washington in Thornton, CO.
There are similar groups that meet all over the country. They are a great place to start exploring the options available to the new writer.
Make this next decade the best in your life and if the bug has bitten you, make writing part of it!