...you can toss around a soft football (soccer) ball with one hand and type with the other.
...you can concentrate on editing drafts while the Wiggles, Kipper, Pinky Dinky Doo, Blues Clues or Barney is on in the background.
...you can hum/whistle/sing the theme songs of the above kid shows and do it automatically.
...you time your writing sessions based on the length of kids' shows.
...you can write and feed a baby at the same time.
...you scribble stuff while in the pediatrician's waiting room or the kids' ER.
...you can network during playdates.
... you introduce yourself to the kids' teachers as a writer
...people ask you if you ever sleep and you have to honestly answer, "I don't. Not really."
...you organize your article notes or novel ideas while sitting through a PTA meeting.
...Naptime = 1000 words. Maybe. If you're lucky.
...you can cook/wash dishes/load the laundry/fold laundry/feed baby/serve snack while on the phone with an agent.
...your kids and spouse tiptoe around the house when you announce "Mummy's on deadline."
...you don't mind driving around at 2 AM with a colicky baby, since you're normally up writing anyway.
...you read books to your kids and think, a) "I could use this idea in my story." b)"Who wrote this???" or c) "If this was MY story, I'd..."
...you base some of your characters on your kids. Not exactly on them, but close enough.
...you foster the love of reading and writing in your kids. They're the next generation of writers.
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