I consider myself a late bloomer. Before my second career as a writer, I was an aerospace engineering technician. I loved my job; however, the only writing I did then was technical writing. Now I belong to a writer's critique group, which is an excellent way to receive constructive feedback on your writing. These sessions can help in honing one's writing skills. If a writer can find excellent critique partners like mine, thank your lucky stars. Joining writers' clubs and attending writers' conferences also opens up a whole new world for writers. Not only can you network, but you find lasting friends that share your passion for writing.
I live in Texas, and in a couple of weeks, I am going down to the Rio Grande Valley, which is close to the Mexican border to promote literacy through an annual event sponsored by the Festival of International Books & Arts (FESTIBA). My school visits are part of the Reading Rock Stars program sponsored by Texas Book Festival, which is an aspect of the FESTIBA literary event. I will keep you posted.