One hears about writers who put pen to paper (or fingers to the laptop ) for years until they are published.

And then there are these stories, heartening only if you have not yet sat down at a key board:

The Outsiders was written by a fifteen-year-old, who published it at seventeen…it sold over one million copies.

The Far-Distant Oxus, hailed as a classic, was penned by two teenagers.

Maghanita Kempadoo was only twelve when she wrote Letter of Thanks, a parody of “The Twelve days of Christmas”.

How the World Began was written by four-year-old Dorothy Straight.  It was published when she was six.

Lesson:  I should have started earlier…