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Writing As A Hobby Among Elders

23 April, 2017

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Retirement is a time when one has quite a lot of free time. While we were longing for some leisure time during our work-days, a lot of free time all day long can be distressful as one does not know what to do with all that time that now lies vacant in our hands.

Now, there is a different perspective to this situation. We can view it as an opportunity to pursue our hobbies or do things we have been wishing to do but could not because of our tight schedules. Of the many hobbies that one can pursue, this article deals with Writing as a hobby.

Oftentimes, there are some thoughts left unspoken just because one does not know how to express themselves verbally. It is at these times that writing becomes an aid. Once we start writing, our thoughts flow naturally and with ease. There are quite some reasons why writing can be a great hobby to pursue, especially amongst us senior adults, some of which are

  • We will have a medium to express our creative side.
  • Our experiences through the decades we have lived and seen the world can be a great source of knowledge for younger generations to prepare them for the future.
  • There is no age limit to learning. Regular writing gives us scope to explore the world of “words” and learn something new each time.
  • It improves our vocabulary and communication skills.
  • It can be a great way to pass our free time.

Thanks to the development of technology, today we have a number of mediums for writing such as:

  • The traditional book and pen writing.
  • Typing in a computer application such as word, notepad, wordpad etc.
  • Expressing our views and stories via a blog.
  • There are some websites which provide a medium for writing your stories such as medium.com, figment.com etc. If you are willing to write short stories for children, shortbreadstories.co.uk is a great platform.
  • You can also self-publish your work through suitable platforms.


If you are interested in pursuing writing as a hobby but do not know how or where to start, start doing these things:

  • Start by writing your experiences down. Go back in time to remember your stories if necessary.
  • Build your vocabulary. Websites like goodreads.com send a mail with a new word each day to its registered users.
  • Ask your family or friends to proofread your writings.
  • Read a lot of books. They often give insights and ideas.
  • You can also try writing biographies of your idol personalities.

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