You will finish the tome,
It may not be today.
And though years pass like buses,
You shall find a way.
I believe that you can,
I know that you will,
Take a leaf from my book,
And swallow the pill
Which is crafted from surety,
And wild perseverance,
Encased in tenacity,
And bloodied in appearance.
You’re not good enough, no,
You’re exceptional say I,
Slap the face of distraction,
Punch solicitude in the eye.
Every one of the following, refers to the writer’s debut novel;
- Suzanne Collins was 46 when she wrote ‘The Hunger Games‘
2. Charles Darwin was 50 years old when his book ‘On the Origin of Species’ came out
- Daniel Defoe completed Robinson Crusoe just before his 60th birthday.
- Charles Bukowski quit his post office job and published his first novel, Post Office, in 1971, at 50 years old.
- Raymond Chandler wrote his first and most famous novel, The Big Sleep, in 1939 at the age of 51.
- Mary Wesley launched The Camomile Lawn at 70
- Karl Marlantes, author of Matterhorn, worked on his manuscript for 33 years and finally saw it published in his 60s.
- Dr. Seuss was 54 when he wrote The Cat in the Hat
- V. C. Andrews published Flowers in the Attic when she was 56.
- Anna Sewell wrote Black Beauty when she was 57
- Karen Blixen wrote Out of Africa at age 50
- Richard Adams was 52 when he wrote Watership Down
- Laura Ingalls Wilder wrote Little House on the Prairie when she was 64
- Frank McCourt wrote Angela’s Ashes at age 66
- Alex Haley published his debut novel Roots when he was 55.
15. Dorothea Tanning published her first novel, Chasm: A Weekend when Tanning was 93 years old
16. James Arruda Henry learned to read and write when he was in his mid-nineties. He published his autobiography In A Fisherman’s Language at the age of 98
- Harriet Doerr published her first novel, Stones for Ibarra, at age 74. She was awarded a National Book Award for this work.
- Norman McLean wrote A River Runs Through It at age 74.