I have found that being a father and being a writer have a lot in common. Both have the capacity to fill me with incredible joy and staggering self-doubt. Just when I think I have one really figured out, I usually fail on an epic scale. And, it is when I think I’m licked that I most often stumble upon a stroke of creative genius. (Unfortunately, I never seem to remember how I got there.)
But the biggest thing that they have in common is that they offer few definitive answers. Writing and parenting are so subjective that beauty and success often exist only in the eye of the beholder.
For me, writing and parenting have also travelled along intersecting courses. I have been writing for kids at the same time my wife and I have been raising two of our own. It’s not surprising that having children has helped my writing. My sons offer inspiration and insight and often influence my work in both direct and indirect ways. What has surprised me is how much working in the industry of entertaining kids has helped me better understand the world they face.