Why Boomers Should Write the Best books

imgresI’m a boomer.

I make no apologies. I’m kind of proud of the fact. It’s good to know that I am a child of the Greatest Generation.

Being a boomer does have its drawbacks, however, but those mostly have to do with age. I have already seen a great deal of my life pass me by. I can’t go back. We boomers don’t have any do-overs. This hasn’t been a dress rehearsal.

It’s go for broke.

Meet life on a dead run.

And if life doesn’t kill us, it leaves us stronger and with a lot more to write about.

That’s why I believe boomers should be the best writers in the marketplace. We’ve had practice. We’ve already written more words than most people will ever read.

And we have a wealth of experiences to steal from.

There are no characters, no plots, no storylines that we haven’t already lived through. We don’t have to research the past forty years in an encyclopedia, if anyone happens to remember what one is, or Google it on Google.

We were there when it happened: Or our parents told us first hand about what happened, how it happened, why it happened, and whose fault it was.

The greatest stories of all were new and fresh. And we soaked them up and tucked them away in our subconscious. We can pull those stories out anytime we want them or need them.

Pearl Harbor in flames.

World War II.

A flag over Iowa Jima.

An atom bomb over Hiroshima.

And Nagasaki.

Terror from the skies.

The Korean War.

The Cold War.

We feared missiles from Russia.

The Missile Crisis was closer in Cuba.

We were minutes to doomsday.

President-KennedyThe clock stopped.

And eventually the Berlin Wall came down.

Men walked on the moon.

Twice.

We held our breath and prayed when Apollo 13 was stranded.

We cried when The Challenger exploded.

But space was our frontier.

Science fiction had moved from the comic pages to the front pages.

A President was assassinated

So was his brother while trying to become President.

The world’s greatest Civil Rights Leader was gunned down.

The suspicions began.

The conspiracy theories ran rampant and still do.

Color lines were crossed.

Color barriers were broken.

Segregation became a thing of the past.

Prejudices died hard and some never died at all.

A War in Vietnam drove us apart.

Beatniks, hippies, and flower children.

Time and attitudes changed us and changed us forever.

Solders celebrated.

Soldiers honored.

Soldiers ridiculed and cursed.

And all were fighting for us and our country. Sometimes we just didn’t know why.

A President resigned in disgrace.

A Vice President was indicted.

A President disgraced the Oval Office with an intern.

An African American was elected President, and the world cheered.

We were attacked.

The World Trade Center Towers came down.

Terror from the skies again.

The numbers 9/11 were branded in our psyche.

We went to war again.

As long as I can remember, we have always been going to war.

When the soldiers fought it, we won.

When the politicians fought it, we lost.

The politicians have been doing far too much fighting. I can remember when they got along and got things done.

We each have our own memories. We each have our own stories.

Boomers just have more of them.

Boomers lived them.

Boomer can write the stories of their lives.

And if boomers don’t write the novels, so many of life’s important stories will never be told, stories that should never be lost, thrown aside, or blown away by the winds of time.

 

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  • I’ll be damned if this post isn’t an epic poem! And a good one, too, Caleb!! Some of us don’t have stories, just stifled, squandered, isolated lives, about which hard-tack relivings are strewn like pig doots. Sliding them onto a page is self-medication that effectively prevents nightmares. Pitiful, but true.

    • Whatever drives you to write, I’m glad your write. You reach down and touch depths that only few ever find and can express so eloquently. Someday you’ll wake up, collect all of those pig doots lying around and write a helluva good novel. And I’ll be the first to read it.

  • Yep, Daddy used to say about the war in Vietnam: Congress just needs to let the Army go in and do their job and stay out of it. And he was very experienced himself, one of The Greatest Generation, served under Patton in WWII as a battalion surgeon in Europe–almost didn’t come back and I would have never been born, because I was their “POST WAR PROJECT.” Now if that isn’t a silly, convoluted sentence, I don’t know what is. I would like to recommend the Novella (almost) Nerd on Cloud Nine by Effie Mugslowe (that goes into some of the 60s events, including the JFK assassination). wink, wink! Yes, we Boomers have seen quite the tableau. Here’s hoping we can boom about it.

    • It’s a blank palette. All we have to do is fill it up.

      • I like the artistic angle. I just keep hoping…I should LIVE so long–something that crosses our minds as Boomers.

  • …all set to a background of elevator music. Unfortunately, the only people who seem to find our stories interesting are those who lived them, also. The “current” generation is always more interested in their own lives. Now, do I sound like an old geezer?

    • The old geezers are the ones buying books these days, especially on eReaders, which is why we need to write what they want to read and target them as a critical audience. Leave the vampires to the kids.

      • I guess we all go through the Vampire Stage. For me it was Dark Shadows, Barnabas Collins and Collinwood. Now clips from this soap opera are so comical…

        • But you still remember “Dark Shadows,” which proves it was the right idea for that time. We keep looking for the right idea for this time in our lives.

          • I am still waiting for the boomer tsunami to sweep up my vampire book. Maybe God’s Love Sucks is a title that doesn’t resonate. Lol, SW

          • Boomers have done a lot of business with bloodsuckers but just thought they were bankers and lawyers. Never realized how close to vampires they had been.

          • That’s such an attention-getting title! Maybe you should get the Catholic Church or Billy Graham to condemn it. That would get you some headlines. Then, there’s always the Westboro gang…
            And as we all know, there’s no such thing as bad publicity.

          • It’s tough to be on the cutting edge like that. Lol, SW

  • A reviewer asked me why I waited until I was almost sixty to write a novel.
    I said, “Before that, I hadn’t lived enough life. Hadn’t been kicked around enough to have experiences to write about.”
    Then she asked, “Where do you get your inspiration?”
    Answer: “Life.”
    And the good thing about writing, is that the written word lasts much longer than the spoken word. Maybe one day, the youth will enjoy and learn from our stories.

    • That’s my point exactly. You need to write a blog about your answers in the interview. I would love to publish it.

      • Once the interview goes live, I’ll do just that.

  • You hit the nail on the head, Caleb. It takes a lot of living to fuel great stories.

    • We’re doing our part. We’re cramming a lot of living into a handful of hours, and there’s a story at the ed pf end of every sentence.

  • I keep telling my critique partner this, as she’s been taking a ‘writing break’ for the last nine months. She’s got so much to share with the world!

    • You can write about the past or take the lessons and story lines from the past and turn them into contemporary novels. Life’s experiences are hard to beat.

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