6 Tips To Avoid Senioritis (a.k.a. If We Don’t Do Everything, We’ll Fail!

I don’t address the challenges of our senior writers enough, but I can try if you tell me what they are. Odds are, we’re all facing similar challenges, regardless of age. Let’s find solutions together!

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“Success” is different things to different people, but to most writers it would be earning a living from writing or becoming a millionaire, stuff like that. Financial.

I always use the moon landing as an example of the steps involved in achieving a goal – which is also a definition of success.

I always thought they just built a rocket and went to the moon, more or less.

I thought, yeah, there were a few test rockets that blew up, but when they got the rocket right, they just went to the moon, right? That’s not what happened, though.

They built (and accidentally exploded) a LOT of rockets. And some astronauts. Finally, they figured out how to get one into space without killing the occupants, so the first passenger just went up and came back down alive. The NEXT missions had them build on that and add a space walk. The next ones built on all that and added a trip around the moon without a landing. By adding onto each mission, they finally landed astronauts on the moon. But it was a long process of adding skills each time that did it.

When it comes to people of different ages learning technology, the senior writer is not more disadvantaged than a sixteen year old.

It SEEMS like younger people deal with technology better, but nobody is born with a smart phone in their hand or the ability to use it (and each year a new technology comes along that nobody has ever used before). They learn it just like you can; they just practice more. A LOT more. Maybe you’ve already mastered how to blog and comment on other blogs, for example. Or learned to type with all ten fingers (which I still can’t do). There was a point in time when you didn’t know how do those things. Meanwhile, a senior knows a lot about LIFE and love and loss and other experiences that a young writer can only guess at. I’d say your writing has a big advantage there!

nobody is born with a smart phone in their hand or the ability to use it

The point isn’t to try to drink from a gushing fire hose or eat three Thanksgiving dinners back to back, but to add to your skill sets one at a time, at your pace. Whether that’s one new technology a month or every six months, you’ll be better off for learning it should you choose to. They aren’t all necessary, by the way; consider it a smorgasbord from which to choose what’s best for you. Maybe that’s a lot, maybe that’s a little.

I know two 90-year-olds. One is feeble and can’t drive a car any more, and was recently put into a home. The other plays golf three times a week, drives a car perfectly well, plays racquetball, and took up piano lessons a few years ago. I could never take piano lessons. It boggles my mind a little, staring at all those dots and lines!

We’re all different.

We can get the impression if we don’t do EVERYTHING, we’ll fail. That’s not right.

ALL Authors:

  1. don’t do enough things, though, and
  2. they quit too early
  3. because they don’t have the support they need, so
  4. they don’t know what works and
  5. they don’t know what to stay away from, plus
  6. they don’t usually have others to talk to who understand it.

HERE, we have that.

Last month I started learning Goodreads (with the help of friends), and this week I’m learning Mail Chimp (with the help of friends). Tomorrow I’m setting up a Goodreads promotion with the help of a friend. I’m getting there fast through friends I made here. I’m writing better books this year partly because of what I learned here last year.

Use the friends you see here to be a second set of eyes on your work, or your technology challenges.

I (obviously) do it all the time!

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9 thoughts on “6 Tips To Avoid Senioritis (a.k.a. If We Don’t Do Everything, We’ll Fail!

  1. Thanks, Dan. You have made some good points here. I remember that when I was still in school and thinking about becoming a writer I realized that I didn’t have a lot of things to write about. Life happened and fifty plus years later it has become: Where do I start? What story do I tell first?

    I grew up in South Florida during the Race For Space and followed the progress like other kids kept track of Box scores. The thing that has stuck with me over the years is the fact that the scientists knew that they would need technology that didn’t exist to achieve their goal. So while some engineers were mastering existing techniques and principals, others were inventing and mastering new technology (think computers and radio telemetry).

    For me, technology is a tool and like any tool it isn’t useful unless you pick it up and use it. Thanks for the nudge to get to work.
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    • Correct. I know a lady in her early 30’s who is a published author of several romance novels and she still writes her stories in a notepad with a pen. Another published author friend in her mid-30’s writes full time for a living and extensively writes notes in a notebook for her stories. The send one is a pretty major techie by my standards in just about every other regard, so who’s to say what technology we “need”?

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