But there are many paralells between a baby and a script that plenty of folks have brought up before me. A script is usually undeveloped when you first write it. It needs care and nurturing and eventually, if you do the right thing with it, it grows into something like this, or perhaps this -- speaking of which, if you missed it, you missed out. But a huge part of allowing a script to grow is not holding on to it too tightly.
Imagine if a mother never let go when a baby was learning to walk, or a father never took the training wheels off of a child's bike. This is what happens when writers don't allow anyone else to work on their scripts. One of the hardest things I ever did was allow someone else to direct my work, but it also made for one of the best productions of that show I've ever seen. Too often we're so afraid that nobody can see our scripts the way we see them that we don't allow for anyone else's input; this limits the work we do. The same is true for producers: it's the producer's job to call the babysitter.
No playwright wants to give up their baby; they want to act in it, direct it, and sometimes even run box office. As you develop new work you'll encounter these people. I'm not saying that every time they fail. I've seen some things that were written and directed by the same person and they have been very good, but for the most part when somebody tries to make something a one-man show. . . it usually reads as a one-man show and industry takes it less seriously.
So the next time you think of directing something you write, and starring in it, and greeting people at the door, etc. Think of how you'd want to raise your kid. Do you want them to never know what it's like to walk on their own? Or do you want them to grow up confident knowing that they have someone besides mommy and daddy to turn to. Just think, if you never call the babysitter, you'll never be able to go out. If you never let your script leave your hands, you might never leave your home.
And no one wants to do a show in their basement for their stuffed animals.