He swears like a sailor, throws things, is, without question, one of the best chefs in the world. Plus, while his methods may make me uncomfortable sometimes, there’s no doubt that his work makes other people rise to their best. I can really respect that.

Here’s what I learn about writing from Gordon Ramsay:

5. Expect excellence from ourselves. In every thing we put out in the world, we should work hard to make it the best it can be and do our best to not publish anything we’re not ultimately proud of.

4. Taste everything. A chef is unwise to put out food that she hasn’t put in her mouth first, and the same applies for writing. We need to read – out loud – what we have written and really test it to be sure it’s our best.

3. Push others to their best. We don’t necessarily need to swear or break plates, but as members of a writing community, we need to urge our fellow writers to be the very best they can be. Sometimes, that encouragement comes in the form of thoughtful critique.

2. Take responsibility. It’s very easy to foist off the burden of our work on busyness or children or “the missing muse,” but in reality, we need to own our writing and our writing habits and acknowledge when other things must be a priority, not blame other things for our lack of writing.

1. Sometimes it’s okay to lose our tempers. While I can’t really advocate screaming at one another, I do know that on occasion the best thing that can happen for my writing is for me to get really disgusted with myself. I swear (in the privacy of my office) and cry and sometimes even throw some paper, and then, I feel better and get back to work.

What do you learn from Gordon Ramsay?