Mwah ha hahargh! OK bear with me everyone, we're going to take a trip off topic.
Michael, sometimes you make a lot of sense, sometimes it's thoroughly uninformed bollocks. There's a bit of bollocks in your post here, so I would just like to draw your attention to a major flaw in your argument. You seem to be implying that stay at home parents have time on their hands. Mwah ha haha ha ha hargh!
So... I used to be a brand manager for a household name. Yes, I may not be brilliant at writing books but I'm sparkly, ding-dong hot at branding. That job regularly had me driving 1,000 miles a week. It was usual for me to have to get from Cambridgeshire to Gatwick for meetings at 7.00 am. I regularly got home from work at 11pm. That company had my life.
Now, I'm a stay at home mum.
In both those times, I wrote. Guess which of the two I had the most time to write in? That's right, the life sapping 7am to 11pm job.
For a stay at home Mum spare time is a rumour, a distant memory, as are weeing alone and sleep! She has to concentrate on her child all the time so it doesn't do anything silly and kill itself. Trust me on this, it is a miracle that any child reaches the age of 3. They are hell bent on eating every poisonous plant in the garden, running out into the road, jumping out of upper storey windows, choking themselves and other ridiculous things. They will find things to almost kill themselves with that you couldn't imagine were harmful. They're small, difficult to catch and they move incredibly fast... well... OK, maybe that's just mine.
It probably takes me about 6 months to write a book but because I'm a stay at home mum that works out at about 2 years. Having kids is like having your brain stirred continuously with a huge wooden spoon. Stringing two thoughts - a sentence - together is a major achievement.
Clearly you've never tried bringing up children or possibly you have left it entirely to your wife.
Go find the Michael Mackintyre sketch about leaving the house with kids... really, it's amazing and it can be fun but it's definitely not something that frees up your time. Phnark. There is no way to describe it unless you've lived it.
In short; get your facts right. That one's wrong.
I agree about authonomy though, you need to join a crit group on the forums if you're going to achieve anything there.
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