Eight More Second Acts

Since July of 2013, I have shared the reinvention stories of over 100 women from across three continents. The eight women featured today have launched second acts as writers.

Here are their pearls of wisdom. Click on their names to read the original posts.

Writing has drawbacks, of course, but if the words are itching to get typed onto a computer, do it. You cannot improve an empty page! I recall Nora Roberts speaking at a Romance Writers of America conference saying something like ‘get your butt in the chair and just write.’    Nancy Badger

The first quotation has been attributed to several people so I’ll just say it: Writing is easy. You just sit down at a typewriter (computer now) and open a vein.

The second is a paraphrase: Trust in God’s timing.

Third, from me: It’s never too late.   Barbara Bettis

In moving to any second act, you need confidence in your skills. Here’s John Wooden’s 4 Laws of Learning: explanation, demonstration, imitation, repetition.  Sally Brandle

Your second act is usually a little easier than your first because you’ve got some experience, but you still have to cope with change. If you can embrace and use it to create new stories while sharing old favorites, all the better!     Kathy Bryson

Opportunities arrive when we least expect them, often when we’re at a crossroads. My advice to you: be ready and open to new directions in life.     C.B. Clark

My best advice is not to wait if you have a dream. I wish that I had followed through with my dream earlier, but wherever you are in life, don’t hesitate, act.   Barbara Nolan

My motto? Never, never, never give up. If you’re reading this and I can tell you anything about your second act, it is this. Act on it. Do it now. Start small. Set goals. You will achieve them. Then set new goals. Keep learning, work hard and enjoy every small moment of success in your new venture. You may fail but you will learn and achieve success. I promise.    Charlotte O’Shay

When your time is finally your own to control, it’s easy to fill up your creative hours with errands, social groups, and busy work. Allow yourself time to find your own rhythm—don’t over-schedule out of habit.    Sadira Stone

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About Joanne Guidoccio

In 2008, Joanne retired from a 31-year teaching career and launched a second act that tapped into her creative side. Slowly, a writing practice emerged. Her articles and book reviews were published in newspapers, magazines, and online. When she tried her hand at fiction, she made reinvention a recurring theme in her novels and short stories. A member of Crime Writers of Canada, Sisters in Crime, and Romance Writers of America, Joanne writes paranormal romance, cozy mysteries, and inspirational literature from her home base of Guelph, Ontario.
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6 Responses to Eight More Second Acts

  1. pamelagibson says:

    Writing is actually my third act, having two successful careers before retirement. I found the quotes from the other authors inspiring. Thank you for an interesting post.

  2. Susan B james says:

    Great advice. It’s important to remember that despite the pandemic you are still A working Writer.

  3. Great post, Joanne. I use “Keep on, keeping on.” Second and third acts are wonderful. If only I’d realized as a young mom how much was ahead for me. 🙂 I’ll share. 🙂

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