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Word of Encouragement: Not Everyone Breaks Through in Their 20s

Millard Kaufman was 90 when he wrote his first novel_peoplewhowriteBuzzfeed put together a list of “19 Late-Blooming Artists Who Prove It’s Never Too Late” and seven are writers. Citing Junot Diaz (took him 10 years to write his Pulitzer Prize-winning novel The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao), Janet Fitch (her first novel was published when she was 39), and Dorothy Allison (40 when her book National Book Award-nominated Bastard Out of Carolina was released), among others, the list shared story after story of far from overnight sensations. Perhaps most striking is Millard Kaufman who was 90 years old before writing his first novel. Check out the full list of never-too-late bloomers here.


2 responses to “Word of Encouragement: Not Everyone Breaks Through in Their 20s

  1. TrashBash

    This is just what I needed to read today. Reminding me to give myself a chance and take my time to churn out something worthwhile. To produce something brilliant is a once in a lifetime thing, others (J.K Rowling, Malorie Blackman and Stephen King springs to mind) are just lucky enough to do it continuously. That is all i want to make at least one brilliant thing…sooner rather than later, but this still takes the pressure off somewhat.

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