In a word, yes.
Sorry if you’re offended by my favorite teacup (above,) but I’m using it to make a point.
The dictionary definition of profanity is “blasphemous or obscene language.” For our intents and purposes as writers, let’s just call it “strong language.” And I believe that we need to use strong language (with ourselves and others) to create time that is sacrosanct and dedicated to our work.
You don’t necessarily need to swear at people to set these boundaries, but you do need to make it clear that this is your WORK TIME. And just as you wouldn’t take a bunch of personal calls, or schlep your kids around, or watch HBO during your corporate work hours, you need to give your writing time the same kind of protection.
So how can you do this, when you have a full time job, a family, and other commitments?
Here are my 5 tips for embracing “strong language” to protect your writing time.
Whew. That’s the most swearing I’ve done (on paper) in years.
Take Action! Create a clear and consistent writing schedule for yourself. Use strong language with yourself and others to protect this work time. Cut the guilt. Tune out your monkey voice with some choice expletives, and pay deeper attention to your true intuitive voice, which often whispers. Saying no to others, means saying “yes” to yourself. Don’t write yourself a deathbed scene full of regrets and what ifs.
What I love about my favorite teacup is that it’s pretty and nice, and yet very clear.
Kindly F**ck Off so I can do my work!
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