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Yesterday, I released The Writer’s Manifesto, a short eBook about getting back to the heart of writing for the right reasons. (Learn about how to get a free copy here.)

People on Twitter and Facebook are talking about it, and I’ve received several emails with initial reactions. So I thought I’d share some with you.

Here’s what people are already saying:

Reactions

“The best call to art creation I’ve read.”
—Hugo Martins, on Twitter

“…Just what I needed.”
—Jamie, on Twitter

“If you write at all, if writing is an avocation or vocation, you need to read this…”
—Tom Eggebrecht, on Twitter

“This gets right to the heart of things…”
—Phyllis Van Dyke Thompson, on Facebook

“…1 part conviction, 1 part encouragement, 1 part poetry and 2 parts love.”
Dan Kennedy

Writers Manifesto Reaction

A Twitter Reaction to the Writer's Manifesto

Reviews

“Jeff Goins packs oceans of inspiration into an ebook that can be read in the amount of time it takes to drink a glass of water. When finished reading, you’ll want to drink it again…you’ll have to… if you want to truly soak it in.” -Kim Bruce, on her blog

The Writer’s Manifesto is about Jeff rediscovering his love affair with writing, and it’s inspired me to do the same thing.” -Aaron Goldfarb on his blog

“I think of myself as a creative. I write. I make books. I draw. I knit. I code. I do all sorts of things. And in the manifesto, I could easily replace ‘write’ with any of the other things I do. The real artist within me is waiting.” -Khat Fish, on her blog

Endorsements

“Pow! This is a good one, a wake up call and just what you need to read. Thanks Jeff, for sharing your art.”

—Seth Godin // Author, We Are All Weird

Do you write to love or BE loved?  The reality is that, as writers, we face this natural tension daily. It’s not a tension we should try to eliminate. We can’t. But it is a tension we can manage, by understanding where to focus our time and energy.

Jeff’s new eBook will help you find harmony in this tension, by helping you focus on what matters most. Right now. TODAY.

—Keith Jennings // Writer & Marketer

“Jeff Goins’ Writer’s Manifesto is a call for all writers to abandon the notion of fame and glory and write simply because they must. It captures the heart and soul of writing in a punchy simple declaration that is sure to leave you challenged, inspired and ready to create.

As a writer, it reminded me why I bother to write in the FIRST place. Not in hope of fame, but because I believe the act of writing itself is sacred. I was reminded that I am not alone.”

—Brooke Luby // Freelance Writer

“I have worked with hundreds of writers in my career as a publisher. Most of them labor under the Tyranny of Affirmation, a desperate need to be loved and acclaimed by their readers. For many of them, it has become a prison that saps their creativity, their productivity, and, most of all, their joy.

In this short e-book, writer Jeff Goins declares war on this repressive regime. He provides the key that will overthrow this insatiable tyrant. If you are a writer, this might be just what you need to reclaim your  freedom and rediscover the joy of writing. I heartily recommend it.

—Michael Hyatt Chairman // Thomas Nelson

“I’m not the kind of girl who goes around reading e-books; that is to say, I’m a book snob. But Jeff Goins’ Writer’s Manifesto is an honest and beautiful call-to-arms that inspires me to show up, dig in, and do what it takes to honor my craft, and it’s an entreaty to do so side-by-side with my fellow craftsmen. It’s a quick, easily accessible read, but its value goes deep.

And I can’t find anything to turn my nose up about that.”

—Tamara Lunardo, Blogger // Writer & Editor

“Jeff Goins’ Writer’s Manifesto is a brilliant piece of inspiration that every writer should read and adopt. It has become my leading inspiration whenever I feel bogged down by the demands of the day!”

—Heidi Angell // Author

“Jeff has declared in this brilliant eBook the silent intentions of so many of us to write once again for the pure joy of writing. He’s called out the things which can creep in a spoil our first love and says our love of writing is worth fighting for.

“He’s not picking a fight with us, he’s inviting us to examine our motives and encouraging us to pick a fight with the distractions which have separated us from our first love. This is a great public declaration of Jeff’s intentions but it’s more. He invites us to lean in close and look at what motivates us and then to do something more than just think about.

“It’s a quick read, but don’t make the mistake of reading it quickly. Instead, get your pen out and use it as a starting point to write your own manifesto. After reading Jeff’s book, mine says, ‘It starts all over right now…’

—Bob Goff // Author, Love Does

Have you read The Writer’s Manifesto yet? What did you think? Share your blog links, reactions, etc. in the comments.

*Photo credit: David Goehring (Creative Commons)

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  • dan waits

    while I was just reading your ebook, I was struck by the fact that what you shared is an overarching truth about anyone who has a passion and/or a gifting in anything whether that person is a writer, singer, carpenter, weaver, accountant, or anything! 

    • http://goinswriter.com/ Jeff Goins

      absolutely right, dan!

  • http://chriscornwell.org Chris Cornwell

    I guess it wouldn’t be kosher to skip church tonight since I am the student pastor! All of these makes me wanna read it even more! Can’t wait to dive in tomorrow!

    • http://goinswriter.com/ Jeff Goins

      i’ll leave that to your conscience, chris.

  • http://www.tonyjalicea.com Tony Alicea

    I read it last night. I loved it!

    • http://goinswriter.com/ Jeff Goins

      awesome! thanks, tony. i appreciate that.

  • http://www.facebook.com/Nicknaksman Johan Vd Merwe

    hey jeff,

    johan from south africa here.

    it lived up to and exceeded my expectations.  i cannot begin to thank you enough.  if you are at all interested in reading my blog post about it, feel free to visit ww.johanvdm.co.za.  

    Not that i need you to… :-)

    • http://goinswriter.com/ Jeff Goins

      thanks, johan! just read it. great work!

      • http://www.facebook.com/Nicknaksman Johan Vd Merwe

        tnx…correction, http://www.johanvdm.co.za

        • http://goinswriter.com/ Jeff Goins

          got it

  • http://www.fredmckinnon.com fmckinnon

    On my way to get it right now! WOOHOO!

    • http://goinswriter.com/ Jeff Goins

      Fred, I like how you made it sound like you had to go to an actual store to pay actual money to buy it. Thanks for humoring me with that!

      • http://www.fredmckinnon.com fmckinnon

        HAHA – by “on my way to get it right now”, I just meant “leaving this post, and going to follow the instructions” …. I should’ve used my South Georgia vibe:  “I’m fixing to get it”.

        • http://goinswriter.com/ Jeff Goins

          ah yes, “fixin’ to…”

  • Al Pittampalli

    Glowing review, from the man himself, Mr. Michael Hyatt. Great job, Jeff.

  • http://alexspeaks.com Alex Humphrey

    Just read it. Great book, I have to go meet a friend, but as soon as I come back I’m reading it again. And again. This is a push I needed to reunite me with my first love.

    • http://goinswriter.com/ Jeff Goins

      awesome!

  • http://twitter.com/melissa_rae Melissa Brotherton

    When I first began writing with intentionality, I thought that to call myself a writer I would need the approval of others or monetary reimbursement. Slowly my words became less my own, and more what I thought people would want or value. I lost myself, and my message, in the pursuit of success and status. In reading the Writer’s Manifesto, I am reminded why I started writing in the first place: for the joy of creativity and expressing myself. Your ebook was a much needed kick in the pants for many real writers! Thanks, Jeff!

    • http://goinswriter.com/ Jeff Goins

      Agreed, Melissa. I had a talk with a friend last night, and we both asked the question, “How much affirmation is enough?” Or, how much money? When will we be satisfied, as artists? When we begin to delight in the labor itself and not just the fruit.

      • http://twitter.com/melissa_rae Melissa Brotherton

        That’s something that I’ve struggled with, because as recognition grows, so does the level desired. I think it’s so important to couch your worth in something other, so that the ebb and flow of praise and criticism doesn’t severely impact your life. 

        • http://goinswriter.com/ Jeff Goins

          Yeah, the short of is that I don’t believe we’re ever satisfied. And that’s by design. We can’t find our worth in our accomplishments alone. We’re more than what we do.

  • Connie Brown

    Jeff, I liked your ebook. I liked your point that real writers need to write for the love of writing and not focus on the audience’s admiration, if any.

    So, this post on the reactions — it confuses me a bit. How does promoting a piece of writing as you do jive with what you said in your ebook? For me this is one of the confusing parts of writing, publishing and promoting.

    And I wonder, how do you listen to what people say about your writing, the cheers of the crowd, and not let it distract the humble, sacred call to write for an audience of One and others who listen?

    • http://goinswriter.com/ Jeff Goins

      Hi Connie – Honestly, I expected this, so thanks for asking the question that many were probably thinking. I expect to talk about this a lot after people read my manifesto.

      The point of what I wrote was this: Writers need to not be primarily motivated by the applause of an audience. That comes and goes. What needs to fuel their passion is the love of the craft.

      But there’s nothing wrong with promotion.

      It just can’t be primary.

      So I don’t have any problem promoting something I write (so long as it doesn’t get excessive or annoying). I WANT people to read the manifesto. But that’s not why I wrote it.

      I wrote it, because it HAD to be written. I wrote it, because I needed to HEAR those words just as much as I needed to WRITE them.

      How do I deal with listening to the cheers of the crowd and not let it distract me? Well, it’s not easy, and I’ll admit — I’m human. It’s nice to get a pat on the back once in awhile.

      The thing that I’ve learned, though — as a writer, creative, and Christian — is that human approval is flippant. When you make it your focus, you’re never satisfied. Some days, people love you; the next, they’re calling you names.

      It’s like chasing the wind. (“Vanity of vanities…”)

      But when you make the higher calling of your art the point, you’re continually satisfied. Because the act itself is satisfying. That goes for whether 5 people or 5 million read what you have to say. Or none at all.

      I realize that this may seem ironic or even hypocritical, but it’s a tension that we all live in. We write for the sake of writing, but people DO read what we have to say. And it’s not wrong to encourage that. What IS wrong is to fixate on it, worry about it, and let that influence WHAT you write to an unhealthy extreme.

      The reactions that I’m sharing today are not for me and my own ego. They’re for those who haven’t yet read the manifesto. I want others to read this. I’ve done my part of doing the work — writing what needed to be written, completely not knowing if people would read it. Now, it’s time to share.

      And as I’ve seen it resonate with people, I’ve been encouraged to share it with more people. Thanks for reading and commenting. (Sorry for the super-long reply; I just thought that it deserved a thorough response. Feel free to email me to continue dialoguing about this.)

      • Connie Brown

        Thanks for answering the questions I removed from my post. I wanted to know what you thought, but then I felt stupid asking, because you wouldn’t be where you are or promoting as you are without having resolved this. Also, you wouldn’t have the support of Michael Hyatt if you weren’t evidencing the heart attitudes that can handle the allure of audience.

        So, I erased the questions you addressed here. Not quick enough it appears. Thanks for responding.

        • http://goinswriter.com/ Jeff Goins

          wow, that’s funny, connie. i appreciate your honesty!

  • Talia

    yeah Jeff!

    • http://goinswriter.com/ Jeff Goins

      thanks, tal.

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  • http://chelseakim.wordpress.com/ chels

    hey, i signed up for your website so i could get your book and i didn’t get your book. what’s the magic word? please??? :)

    • http://goinswriter.com/ Jeff Goins

      hi chelsea, you can download it when you confirm your email address on the confirmation page. feel free to email me if you can’t figure it out.

  • http://John.do John Saddington

    just subscribed! can’t wait to read it!

    • http://goinswriter.com/ Jeff Goins

      Cool, man! Thanks. I’m interested to hear what you think, especially from a blogger’s perspective.

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  • Stuart Wooster

    Just been playing catch up with reading blogs.

    Thanks for including my tweet Jeff. I’ll be reading the manifesto again this afternoon when I get home to inspire me.

    • http://goinswriter.com/ Jeff Goins

      Thanks, Stuart. Your encouragement is a blessing.

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  • Jasmin

    Thanks Jeff. I really enjoyed your manifesto. And I made a start. It’s simple. It’s silly. But it was a new start, nonetheless! http://wonderwebby.com/index.php/2011/08/19/add-new-post/

    • http://goinswriter.com/ Jeff Goins

      way to go!

  • Rosanna Rogacion

    I  set up a blog a couple of months ago which I intended to be my writer’s playground – where I can write articles as I please and write them the way I want to without worrying about SEOs and page ranks.  Good to know there are others who feel the need to write just for the love of writing.    I LOVE WORDS! 

    • http://goinswriter.com/ Jeff Goins

      Thanks, Rosanna. I love the freedom that brings.

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  • Ramon

    Hi Jeff – What a great ebook and concept.  It’s funny how things come to you when you most need them.  I am struggling to write the things that I want the world to read because I want the world to read them, which is the problem.  I began writing because I loved making up stories.  But somewhere along the way, after completing a degree in creative writing, I became insecure about my writing.  Reading your ebook gave me the inspiration to just write for my own enjoyment and when I finish a story I can send it off to be published.  Thanks Jeff for this insight.  I look forward to learning more about you and obtaining your wisdom.

    • http://goinswriter.com/ Jeff Goins

      Thanks, Ramon!

  • Sara

    Hey Jeff,
    I read your book on Tuesday night. It is so simple but at the same time, it is the most profound thing I think I’ve ever read about writing. You helped me put things into perspective. I’ve been feeling a lot of pressure and insecurity about writing for a while and in just the day and a half since reading this, my mind has been completely at ease. I’ve been writing down ideas for hours and I can’t wait to flesh them out into whole projects. 
    This morning I opened my e-mail to find a job offer from a magazine I submitted an article to some time ago. I know I submitted the article before reading The Writer’s Manifesto but I still feel the need to thank you and share this because you changed my mindset on writing and for that, I know I will be able to write purely and as intended for all the days of my life. 
    You have my most sincere gratitude and I pray you will be blessed beyond your wildest dreams. A “thank you” is simply not enough! haha

    Be blessed,
    Sara

    • http://goinswriter.com/ Jeff Goins

      thanks, Sara!

  • Sarah Grace Lawagan

    Hey Jeff! 
    I just had the chance to read The Writer’s Manifesto. I kept putting it off… and now I wish I’d read it sooner. Thank you! You revolutionized my thinking and reminded me of my first love. I loved how you reminded us that we are not alone. That though alone is comforting and is enough reason to keep going and keep producing excellent art. The best part for me though is the fact that this manifesto could very well be every artist’s manifesto. I wrote about it in my blog, hope you check it out: http://theexpressionaire.wordpress.com/2011/10/07/every-artists-manifesto/.

    • http://goinswriter.com/ Jeff Goins

      thanks, sarah!

  • http://www.facebook.com/erin.ferree Erin Ferree

    Powerful. Straight to the point. Quick read. And, yeah – it’s not about them loving you; it’s about you getting your words out. Simple. Lovely.

  • Wayne Thompson

    Perfectly timed for a culture that is hell bent on hoarding. We need to be remided that it is still better to give than receive. Your book reminds me of that and am very thankful. I have recently begun the undertaking of writing my first book and with this new relationship feel that I can complete it!!!!!!!!

    • http://goinswriter.com/ Jeff Goins

      well said, wayne. thanks for sharing!

  • http://twitter.com/ShaNacino Sha Nacino

    It’s short and sweet. After reading your Writer’s Manifesto last yesterday, I was inspired to go back to my draft for a book. Today, I just finished writing the draft! Thanks! :)

    • http://goinswriter.com/ Jeff Goins

      awesome!

  • Roma

    So true. Short simple statements but ones that cut through the veins. Thanks for writing it! :)

  • Kresmerano

    I have been a school newspaper writer from grade school to college and have somewhat lost time and have lost the real purpose of writing when I started working. Your article definitely made me want to go back to what I was writing a few months back…not caring who would love it. As long as I do.

  • Monserrat AB

    Love your ebook! Please, keep sharing your inspiring words. You make me write again, after a long time that I stopped. So thanks, love your writing!

  • Believeinyourself Diana

    Simply put, I feel liberated by The Writer’s Manifesto.

  • Liukkonen Niina

    It felt so good to read those words! All of it was so true, and I felt good about my own writing habits! Thank you!

  • Stephane Paquet

    Amazing work ! In the writing, the message and the style it was presented. I simply found myself wanting to read page, after page, after page and couldn’t resist reading until the last one. What you say in there is all TRUE and resonates deeply. I am not currently a writer but i certainly want to practice and get better at it and start my own blog.  Thank you for this, it was a great inspiration !

  • Bethany Hecker

    It was nice to hear things that I have been thinking about writing, and trying to explain to other people why I write. It’s just cool to hear it from someone else

    • http://goinswriter.com/ Jeff Goins

      It’s cool to be affirmed.

  • Ron J Stefanski

    I think the Writer’s Manifesto puts the tyranny of affirmation into perspective.  It needs to be shoved to the sidelines, so that the main event is the craft, the craft, the craft.  Thanks for this reminder!

  • Kumail

    It’s a great piece of inspiration and for writers
    all around the world.

    Thanks Jeff!!!

  • http://neelthemuse.wordpress.com/ Neel

    Thanks Jeff…enjoyed the poetry in your manifesto….simply brilliant.

    • tonya

      the ebook was amazing!!! I loved it!!! this book is for anyone that has a stirring in their soul even if it’s not to write. The book inspires you, compels you to take the next step in doing that thing you were born…created to do. I’m ready to get back to my 1st love. thank you for reawaking the gift inside me.
      Tonya

  • http://twitter.com/viennsr VSR

    Brilliant! The manifesto reminded me why I first loved the craft of writing.  Your inspiring piece said it all, for me, especially why I stopped enjoying it to the point that writer’s block set in.  Well, I’m ready to get back on the bus and enjoy it all over again. Like Ron J S says below, the main event is the craft, the craft, the craft…thanks Jeff!

  • Meg R

    Thanks.  It reinforced to me that I am a writer.  I get ideas and have to get them down on paper.  Your manifesto also made me see that there is a difference between being an author and a writer.  Authors look for the accolades, the audience, the glamour.  Writers get the job done.  It was inspirational in its simplicity.  Thanks.   

  • Jean Masthay

    I like it! Creative, succinct and helpful.  Thank you

    • http://goinswriter.com/ Jeff Goins

      thanks!

  • Patrice Walker

    I read The Writer’s Manifesto over the weekend. What a powerful piece!  I’m one of those writers who is constantly checking stats and often writing about what I think will make me the most money. As I read the Manifesto, however, a chill ran down my spine at the thought of writing simply for the pure love it. “How freeing!” I thought. This is one little document that I’m keeping close at hand as a reminder of why I’ve been writing professionally and otherwise for over 30 years … because I can’t NOT write. Thanks so much for sharing.

  • http://ubtransformed.com/ Monica Smith

    Jeff;

    I just read The Writer’s Manifesto yesterday and I have to say, “Thank you!” Thanks for writing that we can write for the love of writing. I have always loved September because it meant new lined paper, note pads and pens. I am no good in a Staples, Office Depot or book store! And, I know I want to write for the joy of creating, putting visions, revelations and ideas into words that transform a person’s life.

    I pray more people will come across your manifesto and choose to do what they love for the sake of loving it.

    Be blessed,
    Monica Smith

  • Kathrine Felland Gunnløgsson

    This made me realise why I write. Because it is what I do. I create with words. And the Manifesto made all other reasons disappear. Thank you, Jeff!

  • http://thesurrendersecret.wordpress.com/ HeidiMarie Densmore

    Awesome Declaration of Writer Independence. I gave up writing for 10 years(in the 90s) to shake the anxious rumination over who would read me and when. This was back in the old days of publishing gatekeepers when you really couldn’t even share the smallest poem without “knowing” someone. 
    I also quit because I was stymied by fear to write truthfully. If you can’t write truth, readers can smell it.
    I find the technology that gives us blogging to be so freeing compared to the days of the 80s and  90s. Now you can find readers without catering to the gatekeepers and their statistics, and write more honestly for that real audience of readers.
    At a writer’s conference recently I was told that I need to platform my unpublished book with WordPress and Facebook and Twitter, so that the publisher can see followers before committing to my book. All I could think was, “Well, once I do that, I can just self-publish and to hell with those guys!” And that’s what I did! 

  • http://meaningfultraveler.com/ Steve Brock

    Great reminders and inspiration on why we write. It reminds me of another work I just read that provided a similar lift to my day and my work: Steal Like an Artist by Austin Kleon. The insight and pithiness of both is great. Thanks for your thoughts and encouragement in this piece, or more specifically, thanks for the freedom those thoughts provide.

  • Gina

    Ok – I’m not a writer – although I started out in life thinking I would be.  I am an artist though – a creative!  I struggle with my need to be recognized and have come to realize that the desire to have acclaim destroys the creative impulse.  The Writer’s Manifesto could obviously be applied to anyone who creates – inside every human is that voice crying out “Love me” and for the artist the voice also cries “love my creation”.  I create because I can’t not create (awful construction – real sentiment!).  The manifesto put words to the feelings I have been struggling with for quite a while (well – my whole life).  Thanks for that!

  • http://www.BigIslandDog.com/ Jt Clough | Big Island Dog

    The manifesto spoke to me BIG time.  It is exactly what I needed.  I’m in the process of “doing the work” as is written in The War of Art by Steven Pressfield.  But I have been influence by a lot of other “how you should do  it”.  Thus, my writing has sucked.

    After reading your manifesto, I sat down and wrote.  I made it about what I know right now, what I can help others with.  I felt free to write again.  I wrote to please me, not anyone else.  Mahalo for the manifesto. 

    The next thing I will be doing is removing the Blogher ads at the top fold.  I despise pop ups.  Though I “got excepted” at Blogher I feel it’s doing more for big advertiser than it is for my writing / for what I know / for what I have to share and help others.  Again, mahalo!

    Here is the link to the re-beginning of my wonderful writing life: http://www.bigislanddog.com/2012/03/healing-properties-coconut-oil-detox/

  • Stephanie Ciofalo

    This is just what I needed at just the right time. Thank you.

  • Jp Jackson

    Such simplicity in your chosen words…but your advice goes straight to the writer’s heart.  I admire your ability to say so much in so few words. I can learn a lot from you. I plan to read it daily till it sinks in! (I’m not the fastest learner…however, I now know— I AM A WRITER!!! Woo-Hoo!) Thank you! Jp Jackson/Writer

  • http://www.pjreece.ca/blog/wordpress PJreece

    Jeff… I’m looking forward to reading you regularly.  Something about your sentiments, focus, interests… not so much nuts & bolts… but rather the underlying meaning of this whole writing obsession of ours.  The writing world–it has depths not yet fully explored.  Let’s go there!

  • Sarah Richards

    Manifesto Assessment:

    A declaration of intentions simplified to bring writers back
    to basics. The creative strain of aiming to please others constricts passion until
    it suffocates motivation. Refreshing honesty presents a solution to balance the
    issues that confront the intended audience of writers but designers should take
    note of this valuable advice.

  • Rachel Maczuzak

    I thought the manifesto was beautifully put, Jeff. Parts of me resonated with it, and parts of me were frustrated. Often when I talk with other writers about why we write, this idea of “not being able to not write” comes up. And this idea has lost its power on me. Of course I have moments when the world makes more sense and has more color when I put it in writing, and it’s healthy for me to do it. But I also struggle with the idea of writing, of any commitment to art, as sort of selfish. To be a good writer, one must indeed “show up,” one must practice, and that involves time and energy that could be spent elsewhere (perhaps on more concrete goods). Because if one writes only for the sake of writing, and it does not matter if the work is ever read, then one must have a whole lot of faith in writing as being more than the conjuring of words; one must believe that writing is good for the soul, in a sense. And is it really that powerful? I don’t know.

  • Jkesselhonnoble

    Jeff, I missed dinner to finish it. I knew this stuff but the special way you have with words made it seem quite new. Loved it. Thank you.

    • http://goinswriter.com/ Jeff Goins

      thank you!

  • http://mundoanafora.blogspot.com.br/ Ana Paula Souza

    Brilliant and inspiring.
    It is really good to know I am not alone. 

  • Firons_koh

    Powerful words! With simple and short, yet influencing words. It’s unbelievable! The very first time I read it, I felt like … Hey, I just really have to write now! I’m not sure how you did it … and I want to learn. I want to improve and, one day, reach your level. Currently, I’m still training in writing =)

  • Ruth

    Never underestimate a simple direct sentence.  Goins writes simple direct sentences.  But simple direct sentences are worthless without content.  Goins content is liberating, simply and directly.  Neither pedantic nor didactic, just freeing.

    • http://goinswriter.com/ Jeff Goins

      Thanks Ruth!

  • Evie

    I have been writing off and on most of my life. Without the pleasure of seeing my thoughts and feelings go on paper, I would be a total mess. I have quite a few “pieces” I have considered for distribution, yet, what holds me back is this question, “will others appreciate what I write as much as I do?”  I haven’t written to please other people, just wrote to keep my thoughts organized and in case my child wants to do something with it in her future, well, it’s all hers.

  • Evie

    Oh, Jeff, I think I see my writing is just as you wrote, for simple and pure pleasure. I learned I am on the same “page note” as you. Thanks. Cheers!

  • Richard G. Crockett

    Beautifully written. Elegantly presented, and…

    Timely. I had just decided to publish my first book online. Not because I could not get a publisher. I probably could, but I do not want to wait a year or two, and I do not want to go around, hat in hand, so to speak.

    The thought of publishing without lust for profit or accolades was liberating.

    Thanks for the validation.

  • Dr Helen D Cairns

    Inspiring and energizing. The power of the written word to challenge, motivate and change your life. But like the artist the first brushstroke on a blank canvas is the most difficult to make.

  • http://keikihendrix.com/ Keiki Hendrix

    Can’t tell you what a breath of fresh air it was to read The Writers Manifesto! Simple and spot on!

    Professionally, it is such a 180 from much of the instruction writers receive about social media, platforms and why we write.

    Personally, kicking the addiction to affirmation is the gauntlet that separates the true writer from the wannabe.

    Thanks for the challenge and the call to purity in writing.

  • http://beautiful.wordfromhome.com/ Brenda @ Its A Beautiful Life

     Ditto on the comment by Keiki that this eBook is a breath of fresh air.  The call to come back to our heart’s desire.  Loved the presentation too!

  • Kayla

    I was very inspired reading “The Writer’s Manifesto.” As a recent college graduate and a lover of writing, I have been stuck not being able to write at all since I can’t find a job. Reading this woke up my senses as to why I fell in love with writing. I was referred by someone to check out the blog but I’m so glad I stumbled upon this short read. I shared it with a fellow writer friend and he said I had no idea how much he needed to read something so refreshing and inspiring. 

  • Diane McElwain

    Simply written and your heart was in it.  I’m so glad I found your blog.   I’ve been writing and “hiding” for years until my daughters pestered me to start a blog.  I’m enjoying it!

    keepasharpeye-diane.blogspot.com

  • Kath

    Refreshing, I soaked up the words. Now Im happy to say I cannot, not write and I will not feel guilty for daring to dream and tell a story.

  • http://twitter.com/JonathanMontan Jonathan Montan

    Inspired me to stop wanting to be a writer and make sure to write everyday. 

  • Lost and Found

    Eagerly I prayed for guidance with my writing. A veteran writer
    suggested checking out your blog. I knew best, so I decided not to take the advice
    of an expert writer and looked for good writing information on my own. Your
    name, Your blog, your eBooks, your advice, it all just kept popping up on my
    screen. After reading your Manifesto it became blatantly obvious that you are
    an answer to those prayers. I am grateful that our good Lord is more persistent
    than I am stubborn. Thank you for sharing your blessings.

  • Erika Simone

    Dare I call myself a writer? I don’t know. Your e-book reminded me that I love writing and, though I need not publish a thing, create I must. 

  • http://www.lastinline.wordpress.com/ Keri Misawa

    Something to reread often!  Thank you for this great encouragement!

  • Spinnerbeech

    Reading the manifesto was a lovely wake-up call for me, as I’ve also struggled with calling myself a writer – even though I write!

  • Mary Ellen Wright

    Brief,  powerful arrow shot to the target.  Loved the space and explosive declarations, shattering walls of reserve and excuse, pulling me away from the NFC championship to WRITE.  Thank you!!!

  • Carrie

    I loved it so much! You don’t know how much it helped me write for myself, not for hopefully impressing others. Not for hopefully becoming famous. Not for seeing my book in the bookstore. Just because I love to write, I need to write. I’ve been having so much fun writing my book and it’s all thanks to you! :) Gracias! 

  • Robin Lawrimore

    I nearly cried out at the freedom that breathed into me as I read.  Thank you, Jeff, for putting into words what I needed to hear.  Planning to read it daily for a while so as “to renew the mind” and move forward in freedom.  Looking forward to all those emails and helps.  Praying about purchasing a package for  my blog.  You are a gift to the rest of us.
     
    Now I just need to realize that I am a gift as well.

  • Leenythomas

    How wonderful to advocate for the passion of writing. I
    write for the “craft” and the sheer exuberance of expressing my inner
    reality, when it rises. Yet, I’ve felt like such a fool for not factoring in a
    budget for publicity and marketing amidst my adventure of publishing! So, I
    soothe my Soul ~ I continue to write as I please! Usually, on register receipts
    and paper bags ‘cos I write whenever it “comes to me!”

     

  • Lanetteh

    This spoke to my heart so much I almost cried as I read each word. I know that seems a little over the top but I’ve been so  insecure in announcing that I’m a writer (here’s the kicker, I work for a publishing company) based on the fact that I don’t have a degree only a desire, a passion to write. I’m also an artist but my day to day job consists of nothing creative. I work in customer service ~sigh~ and anyone who doesn’t have creativity in their blood can’t possibly understand the overwhelming drudgery of working in a position that doesn’t allow you to create :) I LOVE your blog, can’t wait to read more!

  • http://www.facebook.com/cindymarie.hale Cindy Ray Hale

    Just wanted to stop by as a fellow Tennessee writer and say thanks so much for sharing!  I actually live pretty close by in Murfreesboro.  Your Writer’s Manifesto was very eye-opening.  It would be a good one to read every day before starting on my writing for the day.  I’m glad to have found you, and I look forward to getting your emails.

  • lorrainemariereguly@gmail.com

    Writers write, they don’t just think about writing. You are absolutely right.  

  • Jo Lo

    Hey Jeff, 
    I am just starting out with my desire to create. I think writing is one of the paths, I really liked your manifesto. I am starting my first writing piece and I think it is a great way to keep focus from within if you can create something without thinking about how it is going to be received by the public if you ever get round to publishing. Thanks for the reminder; to write from the heart and create freely without thinking too far ahead.
    Jo

  • http://twitter.com/JulyaOui Julya Oui

    Loved it. It’s so easy to read and straight to the point. But also like getting kicked in the butt.

  • S Meaders

    This is an exciting kick in the pants.

  • Irwin L

    The words in your manifesto match my thoughts today and most everyday. Especially the part: “what is imperative …. what cannot be overlooked, or neglected…. is that they begin”. While I have written for some publications, blog sites, and for my own reading pleasure, to say I have actually started down the road of truly writing would be incorrect. But after reading your manifesto, I would say that now is the time. Thanks for sharing.

    Irwin L

  • Tracy Stewart, CPA

    I had not thought of myself as a writer until I read your manifesto. It was an intriguing lightbulb moment. Now I have to figure out what to do about it! Looking forward to some guidance from you.

  • Wendy Alexander

    For a long time I thought I was writing for acclaim. That was probably the primary motivation, until I was injured in a car accident. I couldn’t sit down for very long…at work, at home or at my writing desk. Not being able to sit down and write through the weeks I was recuperating hurt my soul and Spirit in places that surprised me. I felt so lost during that time. I tried dictating my writing ideas into my phone recorder, but it wasn’t the same. There’s something sacred about putting pen to paper or tapping at the keyboard and watching the thoughts spill over into words which then form part of a story, information or written conversation. It hurt me more to not write than it’s ever hurt me to write (even through writer’s block). And I knew then I was a writer. It’s like the manifesto says ‘writer’s cannot not write’. Love the manifesto. I’ve read it a few times lately. It resonates deeply.

  • Claudia Audiana

    I’ve already have blog before and I wrote some articles in there, but I just vacum for maybe several months and after I read one article from Jeff it’s about we must travelling while we still young. I really like it. I click your blog link and subscribe it and I get your e-book. After I read your e-book, I feel that my passion for writing is come back. I start to think in different way that I write because I like to write. Just it! You really inspired me Jeff. Thank you. I really like the manifesto!

  • Brent Kinworthy

    I enjoyed seeing Jeff’s heart through the Manifesto. Just writing for the sake of writing seems to free us from the shackles of the world’s trappings then; we are left with rewards otherwise not achieved.

  • Elena Tinga

    I agree with your manifesto, and I find the comment of Michael Hyatt very true. I have been trying to ignore the lack of affirmation but I would be a liar if I said that the lack of it is not painfull. Because of that, for the last few months, I have been trying to put into practice the truths you declare in your manifesto –because I am of those who write because they cannot not write.

  • http://bobspeakman.blogspot.com/ Bob Speakman

    Love this… Has already challenged me in my approach to writing… I was getting swept under by hits and positive feedback… That’s not why I started writing. Thank you for putting your heart out there… and for putting to paper the lessons you’ve learned the hard way.

  • Rod Vander Kooi

    I listened to your logos.com interview which inspired me to read “The In-Between.” Several times your book brought tears to this otherwise tough old finance guy’s eyes. So then I tracked down your blog and read “The Writer’s Manifesto.” At logos.com I came across this man whom at the age of sixty commenced writing an entire commentary on the Bible. At sixty, I am at a major turning point in every aspect of my life. The Writer’s Manifesto enables me to walk down the next path. Thanks, Jeff.

  • Jocelyn

    All I can say about The Writer’s Manifesto is “WOW! I needed that!” This eBook is short but powerful. Jeff Goins, you certainly know how to cut through the nonsense and get to the point. Your book was an inspiration to me. I will certainly be making changes to my life as a writer and blogger. Thank you.

  • Lin Wilder

    Hi Jeff-
    I smiled the entire time I read The Writer’s Manifesto because so many of your pithy comments felt like my own–it has taken me too many years to understand that I write because I can’t not write.
    Lin Wilder- http://www.linwilder.com

  • Aimee Haywood

    Jeff, thank you for The Writer’s Manifesto. I enjoyed it and appreciated the humility and the hope in it. Thank you for inviting us all into this journey of writing because we must. :-) Be blessed!

  • Shirley Willis

    Thank you for the shared gift of writing for it’s own sake. Reading and writing have always been sacred breaths for me. Read in. Write out. Writing creates focus and clarity for me that simple reflection won’t do. Your essay/poem is a lovely reminder of this process.

  • Isabel

    Powerfull words , great message, thank you for sharing.

  • terri

    I am a 2D artist and I found this book wonderful and inspiring. Thank you!

  • Yoshimaru Subikon

    Enlightening to read. Thanks!

  • (Mrs.) Doc Watson

    I love the written word and have always wanted to write. As a legal assistant for years, I did a tremendous amount of document production and transcripts and enjoyed it, but realize that it was “safe” writing. I want to write, but shy away because of the possible criticism that accompanies it. A friend recently shared your website with me and how your book has helped her with her writing. Jeff, I have to tell you that after reading just your Manifesto, I started that fictional story that has been bouncing around in me! AND I AM HAVING THE GREATEST FUN!!! I have created my characters, my town, and run away there every chance I get!! Maybe my story will never be put in print and may never be read by anyone other than me, but I am really enjoying myself!! Thank you for such practical encouragement!

  • Libertad

    Very inspiring. Thank you very much for sharing!

  • http://adventuresintheballpark.blogspot.com/ Mare Ball

    I thought it was great. I’ve been feeling pressured from within to find an agent and write a book proposal…and after I read your stuff, I just let go of it all.
    Writing had become just a burden, work….and I was tired of it. I’m now just focusing on my book, making it the best I can. Maybe I’ll just print it off at Kinkos and have a copy for myself. I want to keep that passion.

  • cele68

    My favorite part of the Manifesto was: “They know, without question,

    that their greatest adversary and ally

    is themselves.

    And that they are not alone.”

    I found it so encouraging and brilliantly put together, it really hit a hard to reach spot in my brain!. Thanks

  • http://www.erinmsalmon.wordpress.com/ Erin Salmon

    The Writer’s Manifesto showed up in my inbox just in time. As someone who struggles between writing for art’s sake and writing to gain a following, I can’t say enough about Jeff’s encouragement.

  • Marilyn Cohen de Villiers

    Hi. Thanks for the Manifesto – it certainly resonated. I have been writing for a living for almost 35 years, but I have always written for other people (they pay me). I recently completed my first novel and I found myself doubting myself, second guessing what I was writing, worrying that my style wasn’t “good enough” … you reminded me why I started the novel in the first place: I wrote it for me.

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