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.
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