Kids These Days?

Sometimes, I’m so cynical about my little attempt to finish a novel before I’m thirty.

I have always wanted to write, since I scratched funny little poems at 5-years-old. I wrote my first fantasy story at age 8, on a spiral notebook while I sat perched in a tree behind our farmhouse.

Now though, plunging ahead with a novel that I’m beginning to really love, I occasionally wonder what’s the point.

Half of my family is full of voracious readers, but the other half (the, um, in-law half) doesn’t read anything ever…. occasionally the paper, but often not even that.

We hear all the time that reading is on the decline. Minnesota Public Radio just did an entire hour on the decline in the publishing industry.

Eeek. And I want to do this, why?

Of course, the answer is, because I have to, and I want to, and I won’t be happy if I don’t.

And David Eggers’ article in Esquire makes me feel so much better! Check it out.

5 thoughts on “Kids These Days?

  1. I know I feel the same way a lot of the time. Will I get a novel published before I’m thirty? I have six years left…so HOPEFULLY that’s the case.Anyway, I was the same way as a kid–I used to scribble stories all the time. I think I wrote my “first novel” at eleven or so–it was mostly handwritten and was about 90 pages (180 since I wrote front and back). Thanks for the post!

  2. Just keep at it, and you will get there 🙂 As you said, the point is because you have to, because you want to – this is obviously something you love. You know, I found one of the first ‘novel’s I wrote just the other day, I remember writing it on this really ancient PC (even for then) when I was about 12. The monitors with black screens and green typing and no way to change it lol. I can’t believe I STILL have those printed bits of paper… one day I’ll rewrite it, it’s not a bad story! lol

  3. I was 40, so if you don’t hit it by thirty, which I believe you will, there’s lots of time left… great article, BTW… ta love!

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