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    "No one under 30 ever wrote anything worth reading"

    Discussion in 'General Writing' started by Quorum1, Nov 3, 2011.

    Someone on this forum once wrote that no one under 30 had ever written anything worth reading (or something to that effect anyway).

    As today is my 30th birthday I am expecting a significant improvement in my writing abilities :p

    (this is a joke by the way - but as you've now wasted time reading the post please feel free to wish me a happy birthday :D)
     
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    Happy birthday, Quorum1. I wish you the best on your birthday.
     
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    Well, Paolini was under 30. :\

    Happy leaving-the-womb-aversary, bro. =D
     
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    Happy birthday.

    Now stop listening to all of the crap people say on this (or any other) internet forum ;)
     
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    Yeah, you're old enough to know better!
     
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    Kind of helps prove the title statement of this thread :)

    But of course there are good authors under thirty. Nevertheless, happy birthday!
     
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    have a happy one!

    and don't put much stock in those who use absolutes in making such claims... there's almost always an exception, if you look hard enough...

    considering the fact that ludwig von b. was composing [= 'writing'?] some of his timeless works when much, much younger than 30, it's not that hard to assume some writer somewhere, sometime wrote something worth reading at 29 or younger, now is it?...
     
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    Happy Birthday.

    The statement in your OP might have made James Thurber's list. He once wrote a piece for the New Yorker explaining that one of his hobbies was collecting generalizations. His all-time favorite was "There are no pianos in Japan" (in fact, I believe that was the title of the piece). A runner-up was "Peach melba ice cream never tastes as good as you think it's going to".
     
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    I believe Mozart was 4 when he began composing. His Tenth Symphony, which I think he wrote when he was 9, is a delight.
     
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    Happy Birthday.

    As for your quote, just remember some people like to hear themselves speak or write 'in this case'.
     
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    Fair enough, Happy Birthday!

    I hate to rain on your parade... but isn't 30 the new 20? :)
     
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    This reminds me of my favorite anecdote about Mozart. Supposedly a young man in his late teens or so approached Mozart and said "Maestro! I want to write a symphony! Please, please teach me how to write a symphony!"

    Mozart looked him over and said "You're too young to write a symphony."

    "But Maestro Mozart, you wrote a symphony when you were twelve years old."

    "Yes, but I didn't have to ask how!"
     
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    This

    And friggen' this.
     
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    Happy birthday. Whew, I am over 30, I must be a good writer.
     
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    Well now that you're 30 I expect you to be the next Tolkien! :p

    Happy Birthday! :D
     
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    Now you're talking!

    Thanks for the well wishes everyone :)
     
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    ok, so mozart beat ludwig by 9 years, or so!... but i like beethoven's music, am not fond of mozart's, which is why i chose him for my example... ;-)
     
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    Yeah, Quorum1. Only the Sith use absolutes. :p
     
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    Haha, awesome.
     
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    Happy birthday.

    That's right. I'm 35 and I still write crap. :D
     
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    Happy birthday and i heard it was anyone under the age of 31 ;) lol
     
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    I wasn't trying to play one-upmanship, mamma, just adding another example. I very much enjoy both, although Beethoven's Ninth is so sublime that any time I listen to it, I can't listen to any music in any genre for a while. It just wouldn't be right.
     
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    Happy Birthday!

    And take everything anybody and everybody on the Internet says with a grain of salt, minimum. (Myself included. :p ) It's important to be able to take good advice but it's also important to know when somebody is just being a stubborn legalist. :)
     
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    OK, so Mary Shelley's Frankenstein is a load of rubbish I suppose, seeing as she wrote it when she was 19 and had it published by 21?

    I hate jealousy of young people. Whoever said it should be shot.
     
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    i hear ya, ed... so right about the 9th!
     

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