Am I Too Old to Debut?

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I’m approaching a Milestone Birthday, so questions of age and life have been on my mind a lot lately. But it’s not just now—I found this old chart I put together back in April 2015 that shows it was weighing on my mind then as well! I intended to blog about it, but I never got around to it until now, which sounds about right for my blogging habits. =)

So what is this graph showing? Basically, it’s the amount of Google results for “Best age to publish first novel is X”, where X ranged from 18 to 80. I scaled the y-axis to the range of the results, so 1.0 represents the maximum amount of hits and 0.0 represents the minimum.

It’s an interesting result. The max is a clearly defined peak at 27, which might be a bit depressing for those of us on the other side of that. But there’s another peak at 58, and high marks through the 70s. Are we ever really too old to pursue our dreams? I think that the answer to that is definitely NO! However, I’ll add a caveat here. I think when people say that, what they are saying is that you are never to old to start pursuing your dreams. But does the calculus still hold when you’ve been trying for pretty much your whole life and never really budged an inch on the dream-o-meter? I don’t have an answer for that. It’s a question that I spend a lot of time pondering, and I think we each have to come to our own answer on when to let something go and when to persevere.

The good news is that we are not the only ones asking these questions. The upside of gathering this data (aside from the fact that it gave me something to do during my excruciatingly slow and boring day job at the time) was that I found a lot of interesting results about other people grappling with the same question. So maybe I won’t be the youngest debut author, and maybe I won’t ever be a debut author, but I am definitely not crazily insecure, neurotic, or even unique in my anxieties.

3 thoughts on “Am I Too Old to Debut?

  1. Jennifer Peterson

    Your post really hits a nerve with me. I, too, feel like I have more time behind me than ahead of me. I have been questioning the years I spent and the sacrifices I made to keep on writing with very little success to show for it to this point. I feel my life path has led me to be a writer, but to what end? Maybe we aren’t meant to find out the answers for questions like these until after it’s all over, but I would hate to have nothing to show for a lifetime of faith and hard work. Some small tendril of hope keeps me at the keyboard, but sometimes I sure don’t know why.

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