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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.

A Manifesto For Writers - to keep you motivated, inspired and enthusiastic about the act of writing. |

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.

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16 Responses to “A Writer’s Manifesto”

  1. marlish glorie

    Thank you so very much for this brilliant Manifesto , Natasha. And if your terrific novels are anything to go by – it works!

  2. rashidamurphy

    Yes, a great manifesto and a timely reminder for me. Thank you Natasha. I always think of Gaelle and Serena when you go away on holidays! So your words and worlds live! I don’t write because it’s easy, I write because I have to. Sometimes its hard to keep going when the words are slow to come. And just recently, the lovely Marlish reminded me that I can love my story 🙂 So onwards and to the finish!

    • Natasha Lester

      Sometimes it’s not easy at all, is it? I do fall out of love with my drafts at times and I usually give us both a break from each other when that happens.

      And thank you for your lovely words about What is Left Over, After. I was thinking of the book too when I was at Busselton last week – sometimes I almost expect to see Gaelle walking along the shore!

  3. Jodie Sinclair

    Hi Natasha. This is so generous of you to share. I am in awe of your dedication and love for your craft of writing. I am booked into your UWA course this August. Can’t wait!

  4. elimy293

    Thanks Natasha.

    Where will we be seeing these short pieces you talk about?

    • Natasha Lester

      Hi Emily, I had a short story accepted into the Australian Love Stories anthology, which Cate Kennedy is editing – was rather chuffed to have my story chosen by her!

      And I will have a creative non-fiction piece appearing in the forthcoming Purple Prose anthology next year, which has contributors like Toni Jordan and Anita Heiss i.e. people way more famous than me! So again, pretty pleased about that one too.

  5. Dawn Barker

    I love your point about cherishing emails from readers – I have a folder on my email inbox where I keep those emails and when I’m feeling down about writing (which happens a lot!) I re-read them and remind myself that it’s amazing that if a reader has taken the time to both read my books, then to contact me to tell me how much they liked it, then I’ve done a good job!

    Great tips!


    • Natasha Lester

      I do exactly the same thing Dawn! It still blows me away that some people take the time to track me down on the internet and send me a message about my books. I love that; it makes it even more special because they’ve gone out of their way to give me feedback. It makes everything worthwhile!

  6. Louise Allan

    This is great, Natasha—you’ve prompted me to write my own. We need something to motivate us every now and then, to remind us why our bottoms are stuck to our chairs and our fingers to our keyboards. I especially loved #8: You will hate your story at times. It helps those of us who are unpublished to read things like this, so we realise that even published authors have similar feelings.

    • Natasha Lester

      Great Louise! So good to hear that you’re writing your own. I hope you put yours up on your blog when you’ve done so we can see what you’ve come up with – I’d love to have a look.

      • Louise Allan

        Okay, I will. I’ve made a start, but I think it’s one of those things you need to let sit for a while and add to over a couple of weeks. And I’m sure it evolves, too, and will be different again by this time next year …

  7. Delores Bebbington

    Hi Natasha, Thank you so much for the Manifesto. I know I will read it before I start writing each day. I have so many stories that I abandoned at number eight so it helps to know that others have those moments.



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