You've got to wonder about writers. Of course, once they are successful, people understand and appreciate the lengths that they go to stay successful. But explaining this obsession to someone on the "outside" can make us seem a few fries short of a happy meal. Seriously.

I ran into a teacher friend of mine the other day and in our chat about kids, curriculum and playdates, she asked me how my writing was going. "Oh, it's going pretty well," I told her. She made a little face and said, "So, let me get this straight, you spend all of your time writing books and you're still not getting paid?"

Look, I get it. To the outside world, it's crazy. I spend as much time as I can every single day writing, revising or thinking about writing and revising. I teach second graders all day long and then take care of my own two kiddos and hubby at night. I get up early and stay up late. I don't get paid, and there is absolutely no guarantee that I ever will. But I swear, I CANNOT STOP, and it's nice to know that I am not alone.

If you're a writer, I know you get this.

And if you're not, well, yeah, we're nuts. 

Happy writing,
E :)



09/03/2013 9:28pm

You are not alone! I can't wait to get back to the craziness after some r&r with my little one!

09/04/2013 7:02am

Sarah, I wish you a speedy return to the craziness! We miss you! :D

09/03/2013 9:58pm

If I'm nuts, I'm in good company! ;) It's fun to be nuts with you! xo

09/04/2013 7:03am

Teresa, you are nuts and you're in great company! xo :)

09/05/2013 8:00am

Your blog looks great! And I can relate to this post!

09/05/2013 8:46am

Thanks so much, Tina!

09/20/2013 11:10am

We're nuts either way!

09/20/2013 4:22pm

Too true, Elaine! Now I've got a legitimate excuse. :0)

09/26/2013 10:38am

I hear you. It's hard to turn off the writing brain - everything is fodder for a story.

E. Kiely Kearns
09/26/2013 7:17pm

It sure is, Sylvia! :)


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    E. Kiely Kearns

    Is a New York Picture Book writer, a second grade elementary school teacher and a mother of two, who lives on coffee, chocolate and humor. 
    Mostly humor.

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