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ABOUT WRITING & PUSHING 80
12/31/2009 6:31:20 AM    [ Flag as Spam or Inappropriate ]

By Cindy Rodriguez, Commander, U.S. Navy (ret.)

Mom's directed me to focus this blog on becoming an author at 80. As I mentioned in an earlier blog, we've been encouraging Mom to capture her life in a book for years; so have her friends. I managed to get her to start writing several times in the past four years, but she always stopped.

I started pushing her to write mainly because I noticed she was getting depressed and was very unhappy. She really didn't have anything to focus on so she started focusing on the end. Every time she started to write, I noticed that she would stop after we went to a bookstore. She would point at all the books and say, "Look at all these books. With all this out there, who would be interested in reading mine?" Discouraged, she would stop writing.

The last time I got her to start writing (June 2008), she was on the verge of quitting again until I bought her a couple of memoirs to read from a bookstore. They were both written by people who lived through the war in Germany. I told her to read them so she could discover for herself that her life experiences were much different, much more interesting. Unlike the other authors, she was much older and therefore remembered more. Unlike the other authors, she experienced the full brunt of the war in Berlin.

Finally, I saw a spark in her eyes and a total shift in her attitude as she realized her story was special. And, if those people could write a book, so could she; hers would be even better. My Mom's whole attitude changed as she focused more on her book. She was upbeat and full of life again.

If anyone has a depressed, aging parent they love very much, I would encourage you to get them started on a book -- any kind of book. Once they have something of their own to care about again, the transformation will amaze you. It might not be easy to get them started, but you must keep trying to convince them that there is a story inside everyone. Make sure you tell them about my Mom who will be 80 when her book hits the electronic shelves. It might not be a best seller, but it will be one to her -- that's all that really matters.

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More Blogs by Edeltraud F. Fellendorf
• WWII AUTHOR ONE STEP CLOSER TO PUBLISHING HER MEMOIRS -- FINDING AN EDITOR - Friday, February 05, 2010
• WWII - GERMANY CHANGES ITS ALPHABET & HITLER LATER BANS IT - Tuesday, February 02, 2010
• WWII AUTHOR REMEMBERS DEATH THAT CONVINCES HER OF MORE - Sunday, January 31, 2010
• CRITICAL INFORMATION AUTHORS NEED TO KNOW ABOUT DIGITAL TEXT -- A MUST READ! - Friday, January 29, 2010
• WWII - SURVIVING THE RED ARMY'S BRUTAL REVENGE UPON BERLIN - Wednesday, January 27, 2010
•  ALL IS FAIR IN LOVE AND WAR - ALLIED BOMBING TERROR CAMPAIGN - Tuesday, January 26, 2010
• SEEING HITLER FOR THE FIRST TIME - Monday, January 25, 2010
• AUTHOR WHO SURVIVED WWII IN HITLER'S BERLIN TURNS 80 - Sunday, January 24, 2010
• WWII AUTHOR IS TAUGHT ANOTHER HARSH LESSON - Saturday, January 23, 2010
• HITLER'S RACIAL TRAINING EMBEDDED FOR LIFE - Friday, January 22, 2010
• EVER WANT TO DO A VIDEO TRAILER FOR YOUR BOOK? - Thursday, January 21, 2010
• WWII AUTHOR'S SECOND BRUSH WITH DEATH IN BERLIN - Wednesday, January 20, 2010
• ANOTHER MEMOIR ABOUT WWII AND LIVING UNDER HITLER'S RULE - Tuesday, January 19, 2010
• WWII AUTHOR DISCUSSES FIRST MEMORY - Monday, January 18, 2010
• WWII MEMORIES CAPTURED BY AUTHOR AT 80 - Sunday, January 17, 2010
• WWII -- THE HORSE'S ROLE IN HITLER'S THIRD REICH - Saturday, January 16, 2010
• WWII -- A SOLDIER RETURNS FROM PRISON - Friday, January 15, 2010
• MORE ABOUT THE AUTHOR - Thursday, January 14, 2010
• WWII -- A CHILD ALONE IN BERLIN - Wednesday, January 13, 2010
• KETTENHUNDE: HITLERíS FAITHFUL DOGS - Tuesday, January 12, 2010
• POST WWII -- MARRYING A GERMAN - Monday, January 11, 2010
• WWII -- BOMBING OF BERLIN - Sunday, January 10, 2010
• "NAZI MENTALITY"? - Saturday, January 09, 2010
• WWII LETTERS - Friday, January 08, 2010
• WWII -- DYING ON THE TOILET - Thursday, January 07, 2010
• POST WWII (1946) -- AMERICAN SCRAMBLED EGGS - Wednesday, January 06, 2010
• INFANT MURDER - Tuesday, January 05, 2010
• DOG - FOOD - Monday, January 04, 2010
• GERMAN SILESIA -- THE LAND THAT CEASED TO EXIST - Sunday, January 03, 2010
• SNAPPED - Saturday, January 02, 2010
• MY MOM - Friday, January 01, 2010
•  ABOUT WRITING & PUSHING 80 - Thursday, December 31, 2009  
• BRAINWASHED - Wednesday, December 30, 2009
• THE DENTIST AND BOOK PROPAGANDA - Wednesday, December 30, 2009
• INTRODUCTION TO A FASCINATING LADY - Tuesday, December 29, 2009


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