"Author Alice Munro recently created a stir when she announced her retirement from writing, following an example set by novelist Phillip Roth, who declared last autumn that he had also written his last book.
is 82, and Roth is 80, each well past the standard retirement age. Even
so, the idea of writers trading their keyboards for gold watches still
seems unusual. One of the small benefits of writing, after all, is that
one can presumably continue doing it at any age, and many authors keep
plugging along, despite the march of years."
LUCY BURDETTE: I read the above quote recently from Christian Science Monitor, and then a discussion of the topic on the blog, The Passive Voice. And there's been quite a lively thread on some of my writers' lists in the past week--bemoaning how hard the writing/publishing/promoting business is. When is enough enough?
I don't have an answer to the question yet--maybe a wishy-washy "as long as I'm having fun" or a more practical "as long as I have a contract" or a more egotistic "as long as people are reading what I write" or worried "until I lose my marbles" or plaintive "what in the world would I do with all my time??"
How about you writers--how long will you continue? And readers, when should authors retire?