Okay, well maybe the word manifesto is a bit dramatic, but I just love the sound of it, especially in relation to the artistic endeavor.
Anyway…I’ve been reading a lot about core values lately and started wondering if there is a set of core values, beliefs and principles that writers hold in common – or if it’s just an individual thing from one writer to the next. I never really figured out an answer to the general question but I realized that I do indeed have a set of core values, beliefs and principles as a writer and so I give to you, one writer’s manifesto:
I vow to…
- Stop sabotaging my writing whether good, bad, great or hideous – I shall own every word.
- Write everyday, even when I don’t feel like it, even when it all seems like crap, even when I can only eke out a few words.
- Never begrudge another writer success and instead will seek to discover what I can learn from successful writers.
- Never give in to my evil internal editor but to use that little voice as my muse when I need to challenge my imagination, skill and ability.
- Never stop learning or wanting to learn
- To always offer hope in every story I write.
I recognize that…
- Writing is my super-power and I will only use it as a force for good.
- I have something to offer the world and offer it I will.
- Every writer has a unique voice and that neither minimizes, nor makes irrelevant my own voice.
- A writer can turn ordinary words into something powerful and extraordinary.
- If I don’t write my stories they will never be written
I believe that…
- Imagination is the happiest nation on Earth.
- I am the hero of my own story and my success or failure depends on the actions I take or fail to take.
- Five minutes of laughter does me more good than a week of worrying
- That Joseph Campbell was right—the cave I fear to enter holds the treasure I seek.
- Shit happens but that’s no excuse for anything.
- Every time a writer finishes a story, an angel gets her wings.
How about you? What’s your manifesto? I really want to know. No, really I do!