Retired? Write a book

Retirement is Perfect Time to Write and Reinvent Oneself reports:

“Chicago, IL (PRWEB) July 2, 2008 — Have you always wanted to write a novel or memoir but kept putting it off because there just wasn’t time? Retirement is the time to start. Don’t let another day pass making up excuses. Grab the perfect starter’s guide, Marlys Marshall Styne’s ‘Seniorwriting: A Brief Guide for Seniors Who Want to Write’ (ISBN 0741442965, Infinity Publishing 2007).

Many seniors do not plan for retirement. Others find it lacks the enjoyment they anticipated. When Styne lost her husband soon after she retired, she began writing to overcome the loneliness, depression, and self-doubt she faced. She soon found meaning in her life and that joy could be experienced again. Her discoveries from writing led to the publication of her first book ‘Reinventing Myself: Memoirs of a Retired Professor’ and then her desire to help other seniors ‘reinvent’ themselves, discover the joys and benefits of writing and pass their stories along to their families. ‘Seniorwriting’ is the fruition of that desire.

‘Seniorwriting’ speaks in non-technical terms and provides guidelines to transform memories into written words, whether on paper or the computer. Rather than rules or formulas, it presents suggestions and choices to encourage confidence and creativity.The book is compact, user-friendly, and divided into three sections. Styne begins by answering the question, ‘Why Write?’ with such reasons as discovery, healing, rejuvenation and enjoyment. She provides suggestions for getting started, and asks the reader questions to stimulate writing topics.

Ten examples are provided in the second section on how to recreate experiences and memories as written words. Journal assignments encourage observation, family stories, imagination, and recording of favorite memories. The third section helps aspiring writers transform their words from a rough draft to an organized, revised, edited and proofread final manuscript. The section includes detailed suggestions for publishing as well.

Styne wants readers to learn what she has learned–that writing provides new perspectives, clarification, and a sense of life’s meaning. ‘Seniorwriting’ is inspiring and beneficial to anyone who wants to write, but the senior will find it especially helpful for personal concerns and leaving behind a written memorial for future generations. As Styne reminds us on her website with a favorite George Eliot quote, ‘It is never too late to be who you might have been.'”

Of course, you don’t have to wait until you retire. Anyone can find 20 minutes a day to write. And if you write for 20 minutes a day, that’s a couple of pages. At the end of a year, you have a book.

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Angela Booth is a top copywriter, multi-published author, and writing teacher. She offers many guides, courses and classes to help writers to enhance their skills on her websites. She also provides inspiration and motivation for writers on her writing blogs. Angela has been writing successfully since the late 1970s, and was online in the 1980s, long before the birth of the Web. Her business books have been widely published.