Never Ending Stories? Hebrew Writers' Creative Journey in the Second Half of Life

Shlomit Aharoni Lir, Liat Ayalon

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This qualitative study explored the relationship between creativity, time, age, and the literary world among 16 award-winning Israeli writers in the second half of their lives. Based on data collected through in-depth interviews with the participants, the findings indicate that the writers' creativity in the second half of life was linked to Preservation, Growth, and Decline, leading to four interrelated dimensions: (a) preserving youth through creativity, (b) enhancing creativity over time, (c) navigating creativity, acclaim, and ageism, and (d) managing creativity amidst a changing world. The study found that the writers' creativity was enhanced over time, as they gained experience and developed their skills. However, some writers experienced a decline in stamina or their ability to write long novels. The study also found that the writers' experiences of acceptance from the literary world and the audience changed over time. Some writers continued to receive acclaim and attention, while others experienced ageism and a decline in the audience's interest in their work.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)82-95
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Creative Behavior
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 2024

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  • Hebrew literature
  • age
  • ageism
  • creativity throughout life
  • writers


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