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Creativity is Ageless

Articles like this give me hope that my best writing years may not be behind me.

Prevailing wisdom about the role creativity plays in aging is that it can help slow down the process of mental decline, memory loss, and brain-related health issues such as Alzheimer’s and Dementia. But there is now a growing body of evidence that the aging brain may be more creative and capable of innovation than younger brains.

Maybe it’s premature of me to be thinking about this now. I am 54, which is supposedly the new 41-and-a-half or whatever the Age of the Moment is at the moment. But I got into this game so much later than other writers I know that I still feel like a newb at times. I’M STILL A KID, DAMMIT. Except that I’m not. I’ve crossed the border into the land of interesting medical tests, creaky knees, and AARP. I’ve heard that writing productivity can slow starting at age 60, and the gulf between 54 and 60 is not quite as wide as I would like it to be. I’m a slow enough writer as it is–I don’t want to get even slower. Worse yet, I don’t want to lose the ability to, well, make shit up. I want the idea furnace to continue to burn hot.

My mom lived to 87. I would love to still be writing at 87. Even if I have to tell the voices in my head to speak up.

(h/t to The Passive Guy)

Mirrored from Kristine Smith.

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It's encouraging that the creativity well may get more fertile. Mixing my metaphors. I'm younger than you, but more decrepit. I've been in the land of horrible medical procedures and strange annoying tests for the last 20 years. I hope i'm still writing strong in another 20 years, and another 40.
I'm terribly slow. At 70, I'm just now in sight of finishing something longer than short stories.*

Aside from the usual old age problems, I'm finding a writing process that feels like 'channeling' working better, though.


*Well, not counting a few unsold genre potboilers from my 30s.
I'm 59 so I know what you mean. My mom is now 89 and my grandmother lived to 87 while my aunt was 103. So I'm hoping to have a few more years ahead of me too. It's nice to think that "making stuff up" may keep me sharp because my mom is slowly slipping into the forgetfullness zone. ;-(
Well I have to look to my grandparents generation for longevity but I'm hoping to be creating for decades to come.

And I think there's a reason why there's an archetype of aged storytellers-- we're the ones who have time for storymaking, and all our accumulated wisdom (ha!) and experiences to draw upon.

Then there's the question whether it's the act of storytelling that helps enable the aging part.
And that leads to the question of whether the act/process of storytelling and making up the story itself helps enable the aging part. Does making stuff up help ensure the continued ability to make stuff up? Does it do something good to the brain and maybe the body?

Or do the Old Ones just decide to let us keep talking because we entertain them as well. 1001 Nights writ...different.

Bet there's a story in that....