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The Writer’s Manifesto: Stop Writing to Be Read & Adored

I’m excited to announce the launch of my first eBook! After weeks of writing, editing, and formatting, I’m pleased to now share with you: The Writer’s Manifesto.

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

About the manifestoWriters Manifesto Book Cover

The Writer’s Manifesto is a small eBook about getting back to the heart of writing.

Based on a blog post I wrote called “Writers Don’t Write to Get Published,” this short manifesto is a call for writers to fall back in love with writing for the love of it.

I intentionally made the eBook short and sweet, so that you could read it in one sitting.

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

How to get a copy

You can get a free copy of The Writer’s Manifesto by joining my newsletter list.

This will automatically subscribe you to free updates and other occasional goodies (e.g. other books and offers and such). I will always respect your privacy, and you can opt out at any time. Once you confirm your email address, you’ll receive a private link to the PDF that you can download.

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.
—Bob Goff
// Author, Love Does

Once you’ve read it…

If you’ve already read The Writer’s Manifesto, let me say thank you. This little book was a labor of love, and I’m honored that you took the time to read it. So… what did you think?

Share your thoughts and feedback in the comments below. If you liked it, you are welcome to share it with others. Here are a few ideas:

  • Tweet about it.
  • Share it on Facebook.
  • Email this link to a friend.
  • Print it and give a copy to a coworker or other writer (just don’t charge for it or change it).

And here are some other ways to get involved:

  • Share your thoughts and takeaways on Twitter, using the hashtag #writersmanifesto.
  • Join the Facebook community, where you can connect with other writers who have something to say.

I loved it! Succinct-true-and applicable. Doesn’t get better than that.
—Patsy Clairmont // Author and Speaker

To read other reactions and reviews, check out the endorsements page.

Write your own manifesto

One outcome that I’m hoping for is that this manifesto inspires you to write something.

If you publish something as a result of reading The Writer’s Manifesto, please share it. If it’s online, feel free to include the link in the comments below, as well as on Facebook and Twitter (be sure to use the hashtag #writersmanifesto). I can’t wait to read your work.

Grab a free copy

Ready to fall back in love writing? Enter your email in the box below to get a FREE copy of my eBook The Writer’s Manifesto. Once you confirm, I’ll send a PDF straight to your inbox — no charge. Click here to get started.

About Jeff Goins

I write books and help writers get their work out into the world. I am the best-selling author of four books, including The Art of Work. Each week, I send out a newsletter with free tips on writing and creativity.

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  • Joyfarm

    I’m three-quarters the way through Jeff’s book The Art of Work and have read the Manifesto three times. I feel like Samuel and how he missed the calls in the middle of the night. I’m not missing any more. I can see my calling and my journey has begun. Thank you for the push. I may not be a writer (yet) but I have things I must share.

  • suziette ukey

    I have been a copywriter for almost 5years now and i noticed i was losing the passion for writing then i realised its cause i was writing for a reason so i revived my blog again and started writing creatively as i use to and got my mojo back. Lately, i started writing a true story though mixed with fiction to hide identities, its about me and the chemistry i had with my present ex. It drew so many fans who called or sms me to applaud the write up/ story and some advised me to turn it into a book so my search for an agent and how to write novels lead me to Jeff today and I remembered why i love writing so, visit my blog n read my own manifesto https://www.enigmawithsush.blogspot.com/2015/04/my-manifesto.html do leave your comments

  • Shail Suman

    Dear Jeff ,Thanks for your liberal resources. I too had a fear of not validated as a writer as I write all emotional and daily life thingy.Fluffy words are totally absent in my writing.I got articles published in Country’s respected Magazine but one of my neighbors looked down upon them so I felt I am not worthy of appreciation.With this I stopped writing and felt as if whole world is laughing at me for writing such childish stuff.But few months back I came back to myself after meditation practice and started to share my writings on face book.Recently I have started to write a blog with address: shailsuman.blogspot.com .I am happy to get in touch with this community and understood that I am not alone.Thank you so much for your help.

  • Clarie Diaz

    Dear Jeff: Thank you for the free resources. I read the manifesto and it has provided renewed strength to keep on creating for just the joy of it. I recently published a cookbook which is biographical and each recipe tells a story. It all started when I started to teach my young daughter how to cook. She told mom I love your stories. She urged me to write them. So as a Christmas gift I wrote a few recipes with her favorite stories and gave to her. That day everyone who came over were pouring over the little book. Many chimed in do you remember when this happened..you need to put in the book. So that little turned into a published book called “”Cooking and Telling Stories”. What I really want to do is help others how to cook in their own home…..like a cooking whisperer. I enjoy that immensely. I taught a young mother how to make stuffed flounder with spinach stuffing. She said her boys loved it and didn’t know they were eating spinach too.


  • Tracy

    Thank you Jeff for your heartfelt manifesto, which certainly resonates with me. I write because I’m in my element when I’m writing. I admit though to hoping that my online writing will be read, because through communication and increased awareness, we can make positive changes in our life and society. However, recently I’ve found myself drawn to checking post viewing numbers, so your manifesto is a timely reminder to get on with the more fulfilling business of writing!

  • Hey Jeff,

    I just watched you on SPS with Chandler Bolt. That led me to your Manifesto. I read it expecting a motivational screed on how to write three books a week, or how to blog your way to fortune in ninety days. My goodness, I was so happy to read someone writing for joy.

    I wrote this in my own frustration. https://andrewdhall.wordpress.com/2015/07/01/ten-things-to-think-about-blogging-that-you-havent-thought-before/

    Maybe I found my answer in your Manifesto. Thank you for the free book, the great idea behind it, and I’ll just follow you for more.

    Thank you.

  • Kelli

    Thank you, Jeff! The Manifesto was yet another reminder of how the ego can create distance between us and our gifts. The Art of Work should arrive today as I complete The Artist’s Way. As a recovering shadow artist, I am practicing honoring my gifts and finding the courage to share them (simplysagi.com). You and your practices are part of my process for which I am grateful.

  • Cameron

    Phenomenal job at defining the disease, the cause of the decay that corrodes the creative process in all of us. Thank you for returning me to the true center of why I put pen to paper: expression

  • Angi Lynn Gustafson

    I remember in my high school days, the urge to always right and share it with others, to be praised. I have been trying to begin the writing I once knew that would come from my heart and not my head. The words I would love and enjoy, I could write half a book in a day but I would never finish due to me thinking others would not be interested. It is time for me to return to my love of writing and tune out the world and write for me.

  • Barbara

    I write to put the words in head in order, so I better understand what I know and can clearly articulate that to help others

  • Rob Billeaud

    I can’t say that I totally agree with your premise – at least from my point-of-view. I’m a writer, but first and foremost I consider myself a storyteller. The written word is simply the method I use to tell my stories. Not much point in telling a story unless you have an audience to tell it to. That’s why I can’t agree with your statement that a writer doesn’t care if he has readers.

    • Sarah O’Regan

      Obviously readership is important to a writer but what I think Jeff is trying to say is that a writer needs to first and foremost concentrate on telling a story. Get your ideas down on paper and find the fulfillment in that. If you focus too much on who is going to read your words, it can stifle the true creativity that you harness. Writing is about expression, even if you are the only one to read your words.

  • Stephanie Anne Cerado

    This is heart warming. Very encouraging to start with writing again. But I guess I need that inspiration.

  • Darron D. Hilaire Jr.

    I have searched for a while for content that is based around the idea of writing simply for the sake of self expression and not ‘congratulations’ as you put it. I just have to write. In fact, it has kindle in me a passion to write almost everyday, and to infuse my work in the media with my writing. In January 2016 I will launch my refreshed brand with the addition of a newsletter and blog that allows me to JUST WRITE. Thank you for being yourself and for leading the conversation for writers in this world. Writers are amazing and admire each and every one of us who are storytellers and thought leaders in our own right.

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    I love your message! Great work, simple, has essence. Coming back to what is real.

  • Just what I needed to read! I am a writer and sometimes still suffer the disease I call “waiting for inspiration.” Reading this I just know that I need to get on with it, not to worry about anything but getting the words out and I can always perfect it later. Thank you for such a simple but profound e-book.

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  • Jeff, seriously, thank you… I got your manifesto a few weeks ago, but only got the chance to read it now in the Christmas break. I have to admit it made me quite emotional, it freaking resonates with me man. There’s something, I dare say – divine – about that manifesto… Coz I know great scholars in the past have that same exact mentality, and they leave the control to the Divine. Their job is to write, whatever happens, happens. Thanks again, and you’ve got yourself a fan here 🙂

  • Thanks Jeff, I appreciate your many avenues of guidance. I’ve followed your path of writing a short piece filled with passion. Mine just holds a direct message about teaching and learning.
    4 Traits Needed to Teach Anything to Anyone

  • What an great read.

    Honestly, I ended up going through the ebook several times. I am just starting out in writing, however there was a feeling of conflict inside me when it came to what to be actually writing.

    Turns out that I already have it and don’t need to conform to what others “may think of me”. Finding a niche? Don’t need it anymore.

    Liked and shared.

    Darcy Cardinal

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  • Sarah O’Regan

    I read the free gifts that I received when I joined the mailing list and I’ve been brought to my knees entirely. Every word screamed out to me so much so that I had to put it down every now and then to wipe away the tears.

    I am never happier than when I’m lost in my own imagination and have been a writer since as long as I can remember. I have folders full of stories, sketches and scripts stored in every free nook of my bedroom, spanning back to my childhood. Writing was never a way to pass time, it has always been an innate necessity. It is only when I write, can I truly be honest and I believe that every great piece of writing, regardless of genre, stems from authenticity. I believe the only way to write, is by putting a little bit of yourself into it.

    Though I spent much of my time growing up alone in my make believe worlds and despite always getting top grades in creative writing in school and in college, I never seriously considered a career in writing, I never dreamt of publishing anything, even posting this comment now would have been inconceivable. That is until a year and a half ago, when I had a complete breakdown. Something inside of me had finally snapped, however with the help of my therapist I discovered that I hadn’t been authentic with myself for years. It was then I made some radical changes and finally worked up the courage to call myself a writer.

    Since that episode I am beginning to believe in myself and my writing. I have written a novel that I had been building in the back of my mind for ten years, I have started writing a new novel, I’ve dappled in poetry and have posted content to my blog. I still haven’t made it but this manifesto has filled me with so much passion, inspiration and comfort. It has willed me to keep on going


    • Izabella Joubert


    • Izabella Joubert

      I wrote a reply on your blog, but something went wrong and it was wiped out. I was nearly distraught as I wrote what was in my heart and to see it disappear into virtual air was terrifying! I LOVE your blog! I wish you best of luck and will love to read more!

      • Sarah O’Regan

        Thank you so much Izabella x it’s a year into my blog and my tribe is growing 🙂 your support is so heartening and it’s so wonderful to meet another creative soul

  • Thanks for writing your manifesto! Your story has been so inspirational to me, and I love the periodical emails I get. I wrote my own manifesto after reading yours, and recently posted it on my blog https://www.angeleya.com/writing-mothers-manifesto/ Thanks for doing so much for writers!

  • Jeff, this was a beautiful read.

    The Writers Manifesto has been sitting in my computer for weeks, and only today I read it. I thought it would be a long eBook and that I would need days to go through it, but not.

    A single message: Falling back in love with writing. With beautiful words that show us the example to follow.

    I’m keeping this Manifestor near my heart, and will think about it when writing.

    Thank you.

  • Aaron Charles

    Jeff, this is amazing. Thank you for sharing your journey.

    I wrote my own manifesto here: https://bit.ly/1V6NITK

    Identifying myself as a writer and seeking out my calling has certainly been a journey – one I am still on! I’m currently reading The Art of Work, and I just want to thank you for the impact you’ve already had on my life. I’m sure it will only continue to grow!

  • I wrote my Manifesto today. https://purposelivingwife.com/2016/03/a-manifesto-about-passion-and-purpose/ It was fun to write it all down!

  • Catherine

    And finally, here is what I’m about: https://mrspfenning.com/2016/03/14/defining-my-why/ . I’ve put off writing this for awhile, and am so excited to have followed through with the challenge today! -Catherine

  • Mc T

    I finished my manifesto on monday. please see https://20somethinglifechapter.wordpress.com/2016/03/14/a-manifesto/ . Thanks for the encouragement Jeff

  • Amy Luning

    Will aletter to my childhood self do the trick? please see https://wp.me/p6SBlP-uQ Looking forward to hearing more from you Jeff! Thank you!

  • Jennifer Rice

    As someone just starting, thank you! You definitely spoke to some of my fears and worries about getting started. Well done!

  • SarahTheJadedCreative

    I didn’t come across this book by accident, I found it when I was on the edge of giving it all up. I was in danger of reverting back to bad habits and stumbling back down the spiral that lead to darkness. Instead, I looked online for salvation and came across 7 Signs you’ve Found your Calling and the Writer’s Manifesto.
    I was completely captivated and elated and the flow of tears was stronger than that which came with the eternal sadness.
    I have since developed a far more liberating attitude to my writing and have produced a short ebook, which I’d love to share with anyone suffering from low self esteem and self doubt, or anybody who fails to find fulfilment in their lives. I was trapped in a pit of self loathing and disappointment. But with some soul searching and some practical changes in my life, I have found a sense of peace and contentment.


  • lyzrusso

    Thank you for this booklet. It’s reinforced what I’m playing with at the moment anyway. 🙂 You are so right: Promotion chows away precious writing time. One can do one or the other.

  • Esmer

    Thank you Jeff. That was really comforting. I’m not even sure If I’m a writer but just wanted to improve my writing, and was thinking that starting a blog might help. The thought really scares me because this is out my comfort zone. Also unsure about what I’ll write but I know somehow that the inspiration will come as I start. Also trying to find what I’m really passionate about and this journey might lead me. – Esmer

    • Izabella Joubert

      I must admit, my thoughts were trailing along the same lines as yours Esmer.. I’ve always loved to write, but like Jeff also said, was too scared to call myself a writer. I’ve started numerous blogs and abandoned them with the excuse that I have ADHD and lost concentration or interest or just plainly forgot about it.
      But the truth is – apart from actually having ADHD – that I was scared of not living up to expectations.. others, but also my own.
      But somehow, reading & writing has always found a way to find me.

  • Ibrahim Abiola Abd-Lateef

    So inspiring! Every sentence is a quotable quotes. The flow of words is seamless. I have to jot down the whole book. This book made my day!

  • John Draper

    I’m looking for examples of the manifesto Jeff encourages us to write. I’m NOT talking about his book called The Writer’s Manifesto. What I’m talking about a document he encouraged us to write during one of his webinars. The structure of the manifesto:
    — Pick a battle
    — Solution
    — Call to action

    Does anyone have a copy of theirs that they could share with me?

    Thanks for your help

  • Cheryl Camardo

    This manifesto is awesome!

    I have a blog. It’s not successful. I originally found Goins because I was looking for an explanation of SEO writing. My first step is to follow his suggestions.
    If anyone cares to offer suggestions about my blog, please do.

    Much appreciated!

  • me

    so now you are writing to be shared and twist?

  • Amanda Verdery Young

    Two years ago, acting on strong intuition, I built a collaborative website as a place for me and others to write, specifically in a way that moves us out of fear. Then I focused on having a baby and ferrying him through his first year. Now, as I return to my work, I have been finding myself all blustery and tangled in trying to “figure it out.” I needed this manifesto to remind myself of my own, and to let that lead me- rather than searching for some formula. I’ve linked directly to the manifesto. Thanks for your work!! https://www.bombilore.com/a-manifesto/

  • Leslie

    Here is a link to a blog post I shared this week. It was written in response to Jeff’s challenge to write something after reading his Writer’s Manifesto. Thanks Jeff for the challenge and encouragement! I loved your Writer’s Manifesto!!! Leslie Newman


  • Michele Perez

    Thank you SO much for writing this. This is EXACTLY what I needed to hear!

  • I really love this. Thanks so much and keep up the amazing work my friend.

  • Izabella Joubert

    I love everything about the manifesto – from the simplicity and yet carefully chosen words, to the structure and presentation. I think even that part is sometimes easily overlooked. I am one of those who often think that I am a very unique writer until I start reading and then am horribly reminded and yet also satisfied that others also see the world through creative eyes. I am both alarmed and comforted by the thought that I’m not so different after all, and yet, I am who I am. I am a writer.
    Your words are not just inspiring in terms of my writing, but also any creativity. Our lives are artworks, master pieces. Each flaw, each accomplishment adds another blotch (or pixel) and when the time comes to zoom out, a wondrous picture emerges.
    Thank you for responding to your responsibility – your gift.

  • Stephanie Patterson

    Jeff Goins, you are really impacting people and empowering them to pursue their goals. Thank you so much for everything you do. It’s a very significant role that you play, as you meet people where they are in their busy schedules. As your words come across our computer screens or devices, it’s a pleasure and a joy to open up these posts and be reminded that it is possible, and we can do this. Thank you!

  • Sarah

    thank you so much for that reminder i really needed it! the manifesto helped me find my way again! i had forgotten the real reason i was writing in the first place i was so worried about publishing and it was killing my stories. I have a story to tell, every book i read now is a reminder that im not working on mine, your absolutely right. a writer must write. =)

  • Andrew Wood

    hey Jeff, I just uploaded my Author Brand Manifesto to my collection of Resources For Authors (500+). Thanks for the inspiration! https://ResourcesForAuthors.com

  • Tia

    I just started following you on Facebook and reading your blog and stuff, but everything I’ve read so far speaks to me from the bottom of my heart! Thank you! Thank you for your job and the encouragement you give us! I feel the energy to pursue my dream now – TO WRITE!

  • Corey Busk

    Love this!! It seems like everything you say is how I’ve felt for a years. Thank you for your talent and showing up.

  • Sefton

    This is great Jeff – so true and it helped me get back on track. I’ve blogged about it here: http://sefchurchill.com/2017/05/21/manifesto/. Thanks so much – now I know what I need to do. -Sef

  • Melinda Yeoh

    Hi Jeff, I didn’t know ‘writing for yourself’ is a thing until today, frustrated, I Googled it and found your article. Thank you! Read your Writer’s Manisfesto, cried, and wrote this love letter to my love—writing. Here’s the love letter: http://melindayeoh.com/dear-writing-i-love-you/

  • Praise Essien

    i must commend your good work and to say the book is too good to be free. But it motivated me to create my first blog post. http://www.valuestreet.com.ng

  • Rae Elliott

    This manifesto was pure poetry. I felt the inspiration, and for the first time like someone else was able to put in words what I felt and simultaneously needed to hear. It inspired me to write a booklet for my readers- my manifesto, my promise to them. Have a read (it’s a little long, but ay, it’s full o’ heart: https://cl.ly/000r3u2b0R36/download/Everyone%20can%20write%20a%20fandomworthy%20novel%20FREE.pdf ) Anyhow I’m hooked on everything you have to offer writers and am so glad I found your work. I finally feel like I’m on the road to success I’ve hunted for for so long. I’m saving up now to try to afford the Tribe Writers course too. Thank you Jeff for your generosity and your brilliant ideas.

  • Nancy Luckey

    I loved this Jeff. Beautiful. I copied it to re-inspire myself. Now, I can’t wait to write my own.

  • A. B. Neilly

    I loved your manifesto. Thank you!

  • Create your way beyond your ego.
    Create for the sake of creating.
    Brilliant Jeff. Thank you.