Inspiration Never Gets Old--a brief introduction to the Later Bloomers webite

Inspiration Never Gets Old

For this week’s post, I want to introduce you to a website full of inspiration. I’m talking about LaterBloomer.com by Debra Eve. Its tagline is “Creativity never gets old.” That’s true, but it’s also a site where Inspiration never gets old.

Debra calls herself a proud later bloomer and possessor of many passions. On her website, she profiles a later bloomer once a month.

According to Debra, “Being a Later Bloomer has nothing to do with being late. Like the pomegranate tree that fruits in fall, we all bloom in our own time.” The folks she profiles are sometimes famous, sometimes not. All her profiles are about people who find their creative path after 35 years of age, many were older than 50 when they found their life’s work. Her profiles include artists, athletes, explorers, and writers. And while the stories of artists and writers are among my favorites, the category near and dear to my heart is titled, “Women.”

Athletes

I love her profile on Olga Kotelko, an athletic prodigy who at age 77 hired a coach then went on to set records and win medals. Olga was one determined lady!

Debra’s blog posts cover her own journey and the journeys of male later bloomers, like Robert Marchand. Marchand set the world’s first record in cycling’s over-100 category, doing 24.25 kilometers in 60 minutes.

Authors

She profiled one of my favorite authors, Madeline L’Engle among many others.

People Who Made History

Benjamin Franklin (did you know he was a later bloomer?) and the namesake of the Americas, Amerigo Vespucci are two of the historical figures she profiles.

Debra has an anthology called Later Bloomers, 35 people over the age of 35 who found their passion and purpose. It’s the first volume in the series and is available on Amazon at an affordable $2.99. Inspiration never gets old on Debra Eve's website. Here I highlight a few of the inspiring people she's profiled.

Regardless of your age, you’ll find a bit of history, a fascinating life, and a lot of inspiration at Laterbloomer.com. The inspiration never gets old and will keep you working for your dreams.

Touch the Stars

To Touch the Stars is a song written and produced by astronaut Scott Tingle’s son. It was written to honor his family’s journey to reach his dreams.

 

Watch me touch the stars is one of the lines of the chorus. Fitting for the videos he used. Fitting for his father, the astronaut. But oh, so appropriate for anyone who’s reaching for a dream.

Touching the stars implies we have to stretch–a long way. Anyone reaching for a dream must stretch themselves. You must do what you never thought you could do.

“If you’re always trying to be normal you will never know how amazing you can be.”

~ Maya Angelou

That doesn’t mean you must reach the stars on your first stretch.

Be not afraid of growing slowly, be afraid only of standing still. ~Chinese Proverb

To touch the stars--inspirational quotes for anyone reaching for their dream.

“It always seems impossible until it’s done.”

~ Nelson Mandela

Sometimes it’s difficult to break the dream down into small steps because you may not know what it takes to get there.

“Use missteps as stepping stones to deeper understanding and greater achievement.”

~Susan L. Taylor

Too often we think of the missteps, the mistakes, as wrong or bad.

I love myself for all my mistakes and missteps. They have been very valuable to me. They have taught me many things. It is the way I learn. I am willing to stop punishing myself for my mistakes.

~Louise Hay

Sometimes in the reaching for a particular star, you learn there’s another star. It’s okay to change directions. Reach and touch the star that’s truest to your heart, your passion, your soul.

“If I shoot at the sun, I may hit a star.”

~P. T. Barnum

Of course, you all know that my dream has been to write and publish a book so of course, I must include this quote:

“A book, too, can be a star, explosive material, capable of stirring up fresh life endlessly, a living fire to lighten the darkness, leading out into the expanding universe.”

– Madeleine L’Engle

Whatever your dream is…

“The sky is full of stars, invisible by day.

~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Always remember…

“Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars and change the world.”

~Harriet Tubman

So reach for them…and touch the stars.

Writing Is Easy–Until It’s Hard

Writing looks easy. We all learn to write essays about what I did this summer at an early age. And writing is easy–until it’s hard. The hard work comes when you desire to create a compelling story. This is the story of one way to learn to create a compelling story.

This is much like my first typewriter. On it I learned that writing is easy--until it's hard.

Many people instruct wanna-be-writers to read-read-read and write-write-write. That’s good advice, but it doesn’t go anywhere near far enough. One must also study-study-study the craft.

Every writer starts at a different place in their skill levels. So it’s counterproductive to dictate that all writers must start here or there. All the steps are necessary. Only you can decide how deeply you must dive into the learning and in what order you need to learn these skills.

This is the story of how I went about learning to write and publish my book. I share my story in the hopes that someone might find some guidance and inspiration in my story.

As with most writers, I loved to read from the get-go. I don’t know when I started reading. Books and stories were as necessary to me as the air that we breathe.

I wrote stories in a journal. I don’t remember a time when I didn’t journal. Most of those early works are lost. A consequence of moving seventeen times before my freshman year in high school.

I loved literature classes because we studied stories and I ate them up. I didn’t find a single story I didn’t want to devour. Moves meant different schools. They were studying The Great Gatsby in three different schools in successive years. I became an expert at writing essays on that book!

I took drama classes in high school. How could I not? Being an actor was living and breathing stories. It was an exciting and instructive time.

Sadly, I left drama classes and literature classes behind when I graduated high school. Becoming an author was not on my radar at the time. I faced career choices. My career of choice (nursing) consumed most of my time both as a student and later as a worker bee. But I continued to journal and read when I could.

Later, much later, the writing bug bit me again. I asked authors I met (at conferences) how to go about learning and they told me to read. But writing is easy–until it’s hard. I was a reader and I still had no clue how to write a story. So I decided to do it my own way. That began a search for classes and books and mentors. I needed to learn how to organize my thoughts into a story I could write and others would love to read. At 27 years-of-age I had no clue that this would be the journey of a lifetime.

I hope you enjoyed this opening chapter of writing is easy–until it’s hard or how I learned to write fiction. Next week I’ll go into how I began to learn to write stories, what resources I used, and what I learned along the way. Please ask questions, or if you’re a writer, add your story in the comments below. I love hearing from you!