Category Archives: Writing thoughts

Can you be Too Old to be a writer?

When is one considered old? This headline caught my attention. It made me wonder if one can be too old to be a writer.

Of the writers I know locally, many are long in the tooth, as the saying goes. That has not slowed them down much.

If the bug is in you to write, or whatever your passion is, it doesn’t matter why your age, race, gender, or nationality is. For once it is in you, little will derail you. Yes, life has a way of slowing us, stopping us in our tracks. Even if one writes with no intention of being published, it is part of who you are.

I know writers who have been writing since they were teenagers. They always seem surprised when I tell them that I began writing in my 40ties. Yes, I wrote some poetry when I was a teenager, but it was my way of letting things out.

I wonder if I had continued on that path where my writing career would be, how many more would I have written.

While I am relatively new to this field, in comparison to those around me, this is something that I will continue to do as long as I can do it.

The bug is strong within me. May it be with you and the passion that burns inside.

How important is the dialogue in your book to you?


Is the dialogue in your manuscript important to you? Do you spend serious time developing this aspect of your work?

Each genre and age group will vary as well as location and time frame in each book. You will have different dialects, slang, and usage of words.

But do you pay attention to that? More importantly, do you expect your readers to notice? To notice and not be concern about it? Or rather, put your book down?

Dialogue is important. It moves your story from section to section. If you don’t give it the time it deserves, your book may go nowhere with your readers.

There are countless amount of books and webinars on this topic alone for a reason.

If you are writing for children, you have to write the dialogue that they will understand, not be over their head or below. Just because they are children doesn’t mean one should not work on it.

There are so many moving parts to a book. Each works together to advance the plot from beginning to end. They all have to work well together, and this includes dialogue.

When did the price of an ebook or a hardcover book become so ridiculous?


When did books become so expansive? More precisely, hardcover and ebooks.

One of my publishers has been using different formats for the books, and now Jasper is in hardcover and large print for starters.

Loving the feel of a hardcover, I happily went online to buy a copy of each of my books. Well, until I saw how much they were charging.

When did things get so out of whack? Has it been a while, and I’m just noticing?

I have no clue, yet the prices that booksellers attach to a book by a publisher or author have gotten out of hand.

I have found ebooks that are priced in the high teens and even in the twenties. Why? I mean, after all, their printed book is much less. Even if am an ebook reader, which I am not, I would go to paperback first. Logically and wallet wise I am not going to do it.

I get the big-name authors getting those prices. Now, this does not mean I agree with it, but I see the logic.

I am glad I prefer printed books over ebooks. I am sure I will get a hard copy of my books eventually.

But when the print format is way less than a hardcover or even an ebook, I will be going that route for the most part.