Posted by: Trudie Trewin | October 15, 2009

If manuscripts were people…

…then perhaps they might age something like this:

Childhood – full of questions, ‘Why, Mum? Who’s that? Where are we? When can I…?

Teenagers – charging off in different directions, trying on different personas, bullet-proof and full of confidence one minute, insecure and hesitant the next.

Twenty-somethings – fun, everything’s coming together – direction narrowed down, but still open to new ideas. The world is there for the taking.

Thirties and Forties – settled, focussed, confident and mature enough to take some hits without falling in a heap, but there’s a danger of predictability slipping in.

Pre-retirement – concentrating on building for retirement, worries if enough has been done. Takes stock and adds sparkle and surprises where possible. Excitement building about the last day.

Post-retirement – Yay! The hard work is done, all that’s left is tinkering around, then sitting back with a glass of wine. Oh – and remember to post.

(PS At this stage it’s very important to have faith in the afterlife!)

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Responses

  1. Ha ha! Brilliant analogy. Maybe the afterlife is once the ms has been published: all you can do is sit back and watch because you’ve done everything you can, and there’s no going back!


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