Writing Age

01 Mar

There are many indications (the music selection in my car, that I know PBS’ show line-up, and the number of picture book texts that I have memorized, as well as the ones mentioned in the earlier post) that I’ve reached the age of MOTHER. But this isn’t a bad thing. More like a necessary thing. An adaptation that makes me, well, not to be dramatic but, survive as a mother.

The same sort of rite of passage thing happens with most things in life. Especially growing up. And writing. Prepare for the parallel.

I’ve been writing seriously (though I dabbled 7 years ago) for about four years. That could mean my writing age is four. But, of course, I don’t think it is that simple.

I also published my first book as an ebook. That could mean my writing age is technological. Still not that simple.

When I finished the first draft of my chapter book, I thought it was great! I submitted it to a few publishers and agents. And, of course, I got rejections. I didn’t know any better. I was a writing infant.

Bruised by the rejections and not sure where to go next, I put the draft away for a while. For a nap, if you will. When I felt ready, I pulled the draft back out again and took it to my new critique group. I took notes on what they said and made some of the changes that they recommended, but I still wanted to do it my way. When more submissions led to more rejections, I felt like tantruming. I was a writing toddler.

I just wasn’t ready to make the changes I needed to make in order to grow up completely. I put the draft away again and focused on learning all I could about writing. I went to school. And I was a writing child.

Now, ironically on my thirteenth draft, I’m on the verge of young-adulthood. I’m making big changes and finding my identity. Some days everything is smooth and cooperative while others are tumultuous.

I only hope I have the patience to see this project through as far as I’ll need to go, though I do hope it is just to adulthood or middle age and not death.

I realize that with each new project, I’ll probably start again as an infant. And that I might have to go back and forth between child and toddler or between child and young-adult as I find my way. Still, it is encouraging to think that I am growing. It may be the one time aging isn’t so bad.

More on writing age:

Richard Hartwell shares how his writing has aged on the National Writing Project:

A post on Writinghood about how to evolve as a writer:

From a guest post by Natalie Whipple on Kristan Hoffman’s blog, The (De)Evolution of a Writer:



Posted by on March 1, 2013 in Process


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2 responses to “Writing Age

  1. Janeal Falor

    March 1, 2013 at 3:45 pm

    I love The DeEvolution of a Writer- that is just too great and too true. And what I good way to put writing. It really is like moving from a baby to a grown up- though I hope with each subsequent novel the process moves through a little faster.

    • cocoanqueso

      March 13, 2013 at 8:49 am

      Isn’t that great? Natalie Whipple is one smart cookie. I, too, hope the pace picks up with each ms. I want to be a grown-up!


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