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There's an interesting article in the AARP Magazine about writing. John Updike looks at the positive and negative aspects of being an elderly writer. You can find it right here if you're lucky enough not to be over fifty and don't receive receive the publication.
One of the negative issues of aging has just begun to hit me. The occasional inability to come up with a word I want to use. The other day, it took me several minutes to come up with the word alibi. Scary, huh? That's a pretty basic word that must have been in my vocabulary for almost my entire life.
Unlike Updike though, I don't have much desire to write stories about senility or death. If I remember correctly, Updike's first novel was about the elderly, THE POORHOUSE FAIR, so perhaps this has always been a particular concern of his. No, I don't want to write about the kind of death that comes with old age. I look at these issues on a daily basis with my parents and come to the PC to think about other things.
I know it's not easy to be a young writer today. But the hardest thing to be is old in years but young in experience or credentials. Do you shy away from reading books about older people? When was the last time you wrote about one?