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A interview of fiction writer John Sandford in Writers Digest shows why “Older Can Be Better”. Then you can see how young’ns can use this advice too.

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Sandford is 69 years old, in good health and works hard almost daily and has been writing two books a year for over a decade. He was a Pulitzer prize winning journalist before turning to fiction.

When asked if he’ll be doing more books, he replied that his plans for the next few years is to release two books a year just as before.

His reply to a question about why he failed at writing a novel about a big scandal involving a Chicago basketball team and a series of sports books gives us a clue why “Older Can Be Better” when writing.

Sanford said: The reason I didn’t write that was that I had never covered sports. I didn’t know what the inside of a pro team locker room looks like. I don’t know what jocks act like. I don’t know that stuff, but I know that about cops and judges and courts and detectives and farmers and doctors and medical stuff.

When asked if writing what you know is the key to success, he replied: Yeah, and it’s the same problem young writers face, and that’s that they don’t have that store of images in their head yet. Which they will get, but it takes a while to get that. It’s just a problem that they’ve got to deal with and that’s the thing that journalism gave me.

There you have it. Those of us who wear the silver badge of experience on our head can put our experience to great use.

Lesson For Young’ns.  Another way to write without a lot of past experience is to live in an interesting way and write about what you are doing. Write about the immediate experience you gain. This is the approach I took over 45 years ago. I had moved from Oregon to Hong Kong. The company that hired me went broke. I was stuck 6,548 miles from home. What a horrible experience BUT, I thought, “There is an interesting story here. This is something readers can learn from”.

I began sharing what was happening to me and what I was learning. This worked. A beautiful feature in writing this way, regardless of your age, is your are forced to go try things. Writing about immediate experiences lets you do what you love, lets you grow and let’s you earn all at the same time.


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(1) Writer’s Digest December 2014 Issue