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Why we do what we do

With my kids finally back in school and my twins finally starting Kindergarten, I feel like a new chapter of my life is beginning. And it’s one I’m really looking forward to. The focus is more on things outside of the basic needs of keeping small children alive, which in addition to working full-time, has consumed me in big and small ways for the better part of almost 10 years.

The last couple of years as my kids have grown and our amazing nanny and my supportive husband have enabled me to step up my work schedule, I’ve talked so many times to my kids (not to mention interns, editors and authors) about what I do, answered questions about what I like about my job (a lot — the creative process; working with smart, talented people; developing projects I’m passionate about; business lunches; the flexibility of my work schedule), what I don’t like (admin; industry challenges which include great books not selling or not selling well; commuting to NYC when I go in for meetings). I’ve also had many discussions about what my kids want to be when they grow up (so far, we have a pop star, a writer, a mom or Kindergarten teacher, and an undecided). There’s so much clichéd advice out there about doing what you love and doing what makes you happy, but it’s all so subjective and hard to articulate.

Now that it’s a new school year and my thoughts are with new beginnings, I wanted to share this lovely piece of writing advice from Elizabeth Gilbert. It’s not new or groundbreaking, but so much of what she has to say about writing and the life of a writer resonated with me. I especially loved the idea that you can begin a writing career at any age. It’s so true and how many jobs can you say that about?

So, enjoy the read, get inspired, and get to work on something you love. Let us know what that might be and what you want to be when you grow up, or grow old.

5 Responses to Why we do what we do

  1. It is wonderful to see your youngest child(ren) wave goodbye at school with a smile on her face. Thanks for the link to Elizabeth’s post…I too feel lucky to get back to work and love it.

  2. Lynn says:

    I loved EG’s article and there were so many things I could relate to, but I couldn’t wrap my mind around Julia Glass thinking late 30’s as being too old! I thought only women in California thought that way? Has it now extended to the rest of the United States? Okay, I’m getting off topic here!

    So far, I’ve been blessed in my life to be able to do what I’ve wanted to do and maybe that’s why I have no desire to grow up or grow old, but I seem to be losing a little in that last department. Hmm.

    Btw, great photo of your girls, Stacey, they’re adorable!

  3. D. C. DaCosta says:

    That’s a pretty heartening article. I like the idea that she didn’t follow the “path” that most people seem to assume is necessary.

    Though I am a member of two authors’ groups, I don’t find them useful or helpful except as entertainment and an occasional source of inspiration for a quirky character type. Similarly, a young friend quit a university Creative Writing program because too much time was spent reading and discussing the work of people who were already published, instead of creating something to be published. These methods may be the accepted way to go, but they didn’t work for us.

    I also chuckled at the “over 30″ reference. IMHO, without some life experience, how does an author know how to write and how to write believably? These whippersnappers…

    PS–Parents of twins rule! My pair just left for college (two separate schools).

  4. Brilliant article, Stacey. Thanks for sharing it. To answer your question, I still want to be a writer when I grow up/old. It’s what I wanted to be when I was kindergarten age myself, it’s what I am now, and it’s what I’ll hopefully be always. Just have to keep writing, as Gilbert points out.

    Congratulations on reaching this wonderful new stage of life!

  5. Stacey says:

    Thanks for your sweet and thoughtful comments. I do love the inspiring author stories! The more we all learn and grow, the better we will be in whatever we choose to do. That’s universal in my book.

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