How To Create A Writing Manifesto
What is a manifesto?
A manifesto is a curation of succinct phrases that best represent your intentions, opinions and aspirations. Typically, they are presented in the form of a list. So, how would a writing manifesto differ from a list of writing rules?
Writing rules are practical. A writing manifesto is inspirational. A manifesto embodies your idealised view of the world, the vision you hold for the future and your core beliefs as they relate to creativity and craft. Though a manifesto may be created through a particular lens – creativity, business, health – these principles can often be applied to other areas of life.
How do you create one?
Creating a manifesto is easy, but if you’re looking for a little inspiration then check out the list of published manifesto included below.
You can write your manifesto whatever way you want to – it’s your manifesto after all. However, if you want to make your manifesto easy to remember I recommended that you make each principle as clear & succinct as possible. For example: “I always feel better after I have written so I will write every day whether I feel like it or not” could be rewritten as “Write every day” or “Inspiration follows action.”
A writing manifesto is a tailor constitution that reflects your unique understanding and experiences with the craft. The purpose of the manifesto is to inspire and ignite you – especially on days when you’re as excited as a wet sock. Once you’ve created your manifesto, it’s a good idea to hang it near your desk as a reminder of how and why you do this crazy thing called writing.
There’s a million way you can go about writing a manifesto, but here are a few easy questions to get you started:
I write because…
Writing makes me feel…
Writing means …
In order to write, I need to…
What’s the purpose of a manifesto?
Creating a manifesto can be a lot of fun and it’s a great way to inject a little creative and playfulness into your writing. And that’s a good thing especially if you suffer from any of the following:
- taking things too damn seriously
Given that this post is all about writing manifestos, I thought it was only fair that I share mine.
- Inspiration follows action
- The story already exists, you just have to type it out
- Stories have their own logic and it’s your job to follow it
- Resisting writing is more painful than writing
- No one care if the house is clean but everyone cares if you’re happy and writing makes you happy
- Dreams don’t work unless you do
- Writing happens even when you’re not writing
- It’s easier to write every day than once in a while
- New ideas are delicate, keep them close to your chest
- Write one good sentence, then another, then another.