C&D: What is the best advice you would give another writer?
Rob: The same things I told members of the writing group I set up at CIA in 2000. It had 180 members at my retirement and is still active today.
- Start early. If you find you’re good at it, you’ll be glad you didn’t wait until your 50s as I did. If you find it’s a struggle, you’ll have plenty of time to take classes, read books, attend conferences, and join a critique group of like-minded writers.
- Develop writing habits consistent with your family and career situation. I used to write two hours per evening, Monday through Thursday. Your family wants to see you on weekends. Some writers write early in the morning, when the rest of the family is asleep.
- As soon as you begin to write, introduce yourself to people you meet as a writer. You never know who you’ll meet that may be helpful.