On Writing: Why Story is Necessary (2)

Why I Write for Kids When the World is Dark
by Elaine Kiely Kearns
“A little nonsense now and then is relished by the wisest men.”- Willy Wonka, CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY by Roald Dahl
Being a children’s writer is to be given permission to be Willy Wonka. Wonka, that clever, childlike, eccentric and benevolent character who owns the chocolate factory. To write children’s books is to disappear from the darkness of this world and immerse oneself in the wonder and joy of imagination. To write is to create a world for kids to escape. This is a splendid and important thing, especially today! For what books do we love as much as the one that enthralled us when we are kids? What books are more important to us? What books change our lives more than the ones that change us when we are children? I write to give kids wonder and I hope that they escape and imagine and dream and disappear into beautiful worlds when the real world is just too dark. And when that world is too dark when they grow up, I hope they turn around and write wonder for the next generation.


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13 responses to “On Writing: Why Story is Necessary (2)

  1. So true. I agree 100%. I write for the same reasons, and will always be grateful for the authors who provided me with lovely stories to hide in when I was small. 🙂

  2. Escaping into books, what a wonderful thing! I’ll never forget the grandparents in Willy Wonka, what unique characters, and the grandfather going all out for his grandson. Thanks for your wonderment!

  3. Beautifully said, Elaine. Please keep writing wonder for the world!

  4. Thanks for allowing me to be in the Chocolate Factory with you, E! I could not agree more. Keep on being the wonderful Willy Wonka that you are and sharing the joy! xo

  5. Thanks for allowing me to share in your Chocolate Factory world, Elaine! I could not agree more. Keep being your wonderful Willy Wonka self and spreading joy! xo

  6. Leaving the darkness of the ‘real’ world is exactly why I sometimes immerse myself in children’s literature!

  7. I always say I feel like I work in Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory at the commercial bakery I work at. Now I get to BE Willy Wonka too!? Love that idea. 🙂