Are You Using Protection?
In my early twenties, I went on a self-defence course, where I learned how to puncture someone’s Adam’s apple with a key and to perfect the knee-to-groin move should such unfriendly gestures be called for.
I swallowed little pills and purchased boxes of prophylactics lest too much fun lead too soon to too many nappies.
As I stopped caring about pleasing people, I learned deeper and more subtle forms of protection, like how to say no and even a few ‘f*ck off’s.’
I built fortresses around my dreams and only invited people into my life who didn’t drag their shit-laced footprints through the lounge room of my spirit.
As writers, we need to use protection. Here are some suggestions for how to practice safe writing:
- claim some regular sacred writing time with a DO NOT DISTURB sign on your door;
- have a sacred writing space which is yours and yours alone (including your own computer);
- do not talk too much about what you’re writing about until it’s ‘ready’ (you’ll know when that is – it’s not right at the start);
- invest time and money in getting support to finish your book;
- do not ask your husband, wife, lover, friend, aunt or mother to read your manuscript and tell you what they think;
- never, ever read negative reviews.
We protect our bodies, our hearts and our spirits when they’re under threat.
Our writing is an endangered species, which can so easily become extinct if we become blasé about its survival.
Care for it, shelter it. Do not let the world snatch it from you.
Author, writing mentor, retreat leader. I’m an internationally bestselling author of nine books, inspirational speaker and writing mentor. I’ve had books published in just about every genre- fiction, non-fiction, self-help, memoir – by some of the top publishing houses in the world. My books have sold over 650 000 copies and have been translated in a range of languages. Two of my books have been #1 Amazon bestsellers, and at one point the German edition of Secret Mothers’ Business outsold Harry Potter- crazy, right?