I think one of the hardest things about being a writer is continuing to be inspired, to keep the faith, day after day, especially during “dry spells” when everything you send out gets rejected. Luckily I’ve been on a bit of a roll lately and have been having lots of success with short pieces, while I wait to hear back from my agent about my manuscript. But I know others haven’t been so lucky. With that in mind, I’ve put together A Writer’s Manifesto.
What is a Writer’s Manifesto?
It’s a statement of all the things that inspire me about writing, all the things I need to remind myself of in both good times and bad, a statement I can pull out and read every day to test myself – did I do everything I could to really be a writer today?
It’s a way I can motivate myself, inspire myself and encourage myself to get to point number 10 on the Writer’s Manifesto – when I can hopefully create something unforgettable out of the seemingly simple act of committing to paper the words that are spilling from my imagination.
I hope it inspires you too. I hope it helps. I hope you print it out and keep it on your desk, like I do. I hope you too can write a story that is unforgettable, someday soon.
If you’d like to download a pdf copy of the manifesto, you can do so here.
Do you have a manifesto to keep you writing through good times and bad? Which of the 10 points appeals to you most? And, have I missed something that you say to yourself to keep you inspired? Please let me know in the comments below.