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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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  • Wesley Harney

    This is my manifesto, inspired by you Jeff. I want to thank you for your inspirational words and your continued passion for words.

  • Navya

    Every word of the manifesto rings true to me. Love it! I feel happy that I’ve found a writer who writes simply for the sake of writing and knows it importance and beauty. 

  • I’ve been a fan of yours for a few months now, since I was introduced via some twitter links.  Your blog is one I now frequently read.  Reading this post, your manifesto, and a few other posts inspired me to put together an ebook of my own.  I basically took some previous writings and put them together, and added some intro, and I have a pretty cool ebook (pdf form)  I am hoping to have it ready by the end of the month, and will make it available as a free download (it is a family devotion guide).  Any chance I could get your opinion before I make it available?  No worries if not, I know you have a lot going on.  I will still post  a link back here once I am completely done.  Thanks for all you do.  I appreciate reading what you write.

  • This book is incredible.  Glad I bought the “e” version, otherwise I’d have gone through 2 or 3 yellow highlighters!   It is impossible to put that book down and not be inspired.  Definitely one that will be re-read many times!   Thanks for sharing a gem with us, as always!

  • Joan

    So identify with The Writers Manifesto! 

  • Just what I needed to hear. You have been living inside my pain lately.

  • Just the kick in the pants I needed, Jeff. Thanks for putting this out there, for all of us.  Pitch perfect, and a word in due season!

  • Just stumbled upon this e-book. Very powerful. Thank you for keeping it simple. I think it speaks more with few words. Definitely something I needed to hear.

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  • Blue Perez

    This is one of the best books on writing I have read of late. Pure simplicity. Pure wisdom. Thank you. I go the free version, then bought the Kindle version, because I want it in my pocket. 

    Thank you.

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  • Thanks for your generosity! Here’s my review: https://www.facebook.com/notes/rediscovering-your-intelligence/the-heart-of-writing-a-book-review-of-the-writers-manifesto-stop-writing-to-be-r/271913906183623

  • Loved the ebook Jeff.

    Write because you love writing… love it.

  • Jwkelly555


    Thank you.  I am more encouraged to show up, create, and to just write.


  • Your ebook, The Writer’s Manifesto, was exactly what I needed to read right at this moment in my life. Thank you for your elegant words and their important message.

  • Your awesome Jeff, I’m sharing this with all my wonderful connections. Peace.

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  • Well,  I read it – I cried – I’m writing……

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  • Kelly

    Amazing. Just what I needed. I just wish the academic community would stop pressuring us to write more as opposed to better or more meaningful. 🙂 

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  • thank you for the opportunity to read your ebook.  appreciate it.

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  • Thank you for this!  I’ve been quietly following your posts.  I just today, a few hours ago, finished my first novel.  I’m so excited to have finished it, sad to leave the characters, and apprehensive to now get my rag out and polish it up enough to sent off.  🙂

  • Melinda Williams

    This was exactly what I needed to read! I’ve finished my second book and have been looking for a way to get it to my readers. (I went the expensive self-pub way on the first one and can’t afford to do it again.) For the last few weeks all I’ve been doing is trying to figure out the craziness of social networking and blogs – something I’m very unfamiliar with – and I just realized today that I haven’t written a single thing on the next manuscript that’s been calling my attention. I kept thinking I had to get to that later because ‘networking’ was more important. I think I’m going to do what I love most tomorrow – spend a few hours lost with characters that have been lonely without me. So thank you for this.

  • The Writer’s Manifesto was just the inspiration I needed to dive back into my writing. As a result, my very first Christmas novella is now available. The Christmas Gift (eBook) is available free to anyone who joins my newsletter list at http://www.BusyWomenBigDreams.com, or it’s available for $0.99 on Kindle https://www.amazon.com/dp/B006MOTWHU.  I’d love to hear what you think. Merry Christmas!

  • Sulekkha

    Thanks Jeff, Your ebook touched a raw nerve, I have been thinking about writing for myself rather than for the world and am now going for it.

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  • vssadineni

    Thank you!… really needed it… As i recently started writing i would like to know your comments. please 

    and if you have time please visit https://vssadineni.blogspot.com

  • JR Renkenberger

    Blog post inspired by “The Writer’s Manifesto” – 2012 is The Year of the Banana: https://www.marketingmercenary.net/?p=1536

  • can this be downloaded on n IPad too? and yes, congratulations!

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  • Jecockburn

    I am desperate to write have been for 15 years. will let you know how I get on, but this seems an answer to the structure and guidance I need thanks

  • Annconroy

    Beautifully ideallistic, and would work in an ideal world. But this is not an ideal world. But we also need to put food on the table, and many people write to earn a crust of bread.

  • Anita

    short, simple, succinct and  sublime … very affecting!  Thank you.

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  • It would be nice if I could read it. Whether I go through Firefox or IE, I just get a blank page.

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  • Thank you so much for this reminder of why “we write”. I love the format of your Manifesto!! It is very precise and to the point. It such a great encouragement for me to put aside all of the pressures of “being heard” and JUST WRITE!! Thanks again!

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  • Terrence Young

    I love to write from the heart! I’m glad to see someone else has the same idea! Thanks Jeff!

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  • Erin Hicks Moon

    I want to stand on my desk and scream like a banshee!  YES!  I’m in.  Let’s rock and roll.  To the ends of the earth.  GREAT resource!  Thank you.

  • Jonny Scaramanga

    Jeff, this is fantastic not just for writers of the written word but songwriters too. I discovered your work in the last two days, and since then I have written nearly 2,500 words. I don’t even have a place to put them yet. I just… wanted to write.

  • Whc_fire

    The Writer’s Manifesto is short and to the point. Very succinct. I’m motivated and inspired. Thank you.

  • Kimberly Dawn Rempel

    Just read this timely piece – thank you for the challenge; the encouragement. P.35 caught my heart… you’re so right. It’s not up to me. 

    Thanks for helping me move toward telling better stories! 

  • Keeping this perspective in mind really does take the pressure off and put the pleasure back into writing. Thank you for offering this encouragement to us!

  • I so agree!

    I am writing my first book and have recently turned the corner from listing “publish a book” as a future goal to the simple desire to finish what I’ve started, to the best of my ability; to write the story I’m telling as artfully as I can, and relish in the knowing that it has been told and honored.

    Great to read your manifesto, thanks.

  • Jeff, reading the maifesto gave me such joy.  Sometimes I feel writing is a chore, but not today.



  • Coincidence that I find you at this point in my life? I seriously doubt it. To mingle this with another of  your posts I read earlier (and to add to the email I sent you) I believe I have already lived one of my dreams (we can have more than one dream  right?) I am a parent, having kids was my silly little dream as a child, “I want to be a mom” is what I would say when asked what I wanted to be when I grew up.  I have and will forever live that dream.  I found writing as a young adult, I found myself writing all the time. I wrote down my thoughts, my worries, my happy moments, my frustrations and sorrows I wrote in story form and it was very therapeutic. Almost as if once I put it in writing I could move on and not “dwell” on things.  I’ve written several poems and short stories that way but never did anything with them, for me it was mere therapy but a therapy that I loved to do.  The only person I shared this with encouraged me to write a book, several times. I never “had the time” “always something more important to do” “what will people think” “I could never be successful” all those “fearful” thoughts prevented me from doing what I love to do. Now that my kids are all older and getting ready to move on to their own lives, there is nothing else I want to do but write. I started a book last year but then all those fears came creeping back in and I let them pull me away. I found myself talking myself out of the desire to write, how insane is that?
    This morning I got an email from Make It Mad Max Andrew Dubinsky about your book Every Writer’s Dream. (typically I don’t even read the emails from Make It Mad anymore) His email caught my attention and I started reading.  So far a lot of your material that I have read has thumped me right between the eyes.  Thank you God, I am not alone anymore!  Your Writer’s Manifesto opened my eyes to things I didn’t even realize I was blind to.  Thank you Jeff for motivating me to not give up on my writing but to embrace my love of writing and forget about all the fears.  So, here’s to taking that first step! 


    • you can totally have more than one dream.

    • lilly

      I didn’t know where you where going with that comment at the begining but it ended right side up! you go girl. I read Goin’s blog and Manifesto for the first time today so my reply to you will untimely but just wanted to say hi. lilly

  • I thought this was a great little book, it was just the right length, with it being easy and quick to read. Thank you for sharing it with us. I need to get back into writing, the ideas have been stirring, now I just need to grab them and start arranging them again.

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  • Anonymous

    I loved this!  It was like a little pep talk just when I needed it.  🙂 Thank you. 

  • Ashley M.

    What a beautiful work of art – thank you, thank you, thank you for creating and sharing it! Your blog is one of my absolute favorites – I am inspired to show up and see what God can do. Blessings to you.

  • Donna Joy

    Jeff, Thank you so much for your words of encouragement.  I can relate very much with what you have shared.

  • Carolyne Rohrig

    Ha! What lights a fire in my belly is what you say shouldn’t be my motivators – publication, audience, notoriety. Writers who say they write for the sake of writing, for the love of the craft, are lying. They are either in denial or wish they had an audience. Would you be writing if you didn’t have all these followers?

    • Rosalie Garde

      I love to write and don’t have much of an audience, though I’m always glad to see one or two people have visited my blog.   I do sell articles, but it still starts with me wanting to write not wanting the pittance of money.   Perhaps if your motivators are publication, audience, notoriety, you have a different driver, like maybe acting.  Personally, I NEED to write it’s in my blood, I’m a writing addict.  So the first part of the manifesto was moot to me because I’ve never left the love of the craft.  And I don’t lie.

  • Joan Firgaira

    I am about to start a blog which will be a part of my online store and The Writer’s Manifesto was exactly what I needed to hear/read. There is so much freedom in having such an approach to writing and that is how it’s supposed to be, otherwise the purpose of writing would be defeated anyway. Thank you for the reminder and thank you for so freely sharing. 🙂

  •  Truly, truly, truly inspirational. A big wake up call to honor the gifts we have been given. Thank you for this.

  • Cristina

    “A writer writes not because he is educated but because he is driven by the need to communicate. Behind the need to communicate is the need to share. Behind the need to share is the need to be understood. The writer wants to be understood much more than he wants to be respected or praised or even loved.” 
    ― Leo RostenWanted to share this quote after reading your Manifesto… another little push to get me writing freely for myself – hard when I spend so much time writing for others!
    Lastly – am passing the Manifesto on to my lovely daughter Gina who just turned 18 and is flexing her writing muscles more than ever, getting ready to take flight.

    Take care & keep writing!

  • Loved many things about The Writer’s Manifesto, Jeff! First, your words speak to the heart of a writer. They are encouraging and inspiring. Second, it’s short, and if I’m to find the time to exercise my delight in writing, I need to find quick, inspiring pieces to sink my teeth into. Third, I’ve found freedom in your words to write purely for the fun of it. You give writers (me) permission to let go of the pressure to be published. Finally, it’s just the straightforward kick in the pants writers need to move us forward, to propel us to put pen on paper, keystrokes on screen–to write, pure and simple. Thanks for your efforts.

  • Cheryl Donnelly

    My husband forwarded me a link to https://goinswriter.com/hunger-games/ “Why the Hunger Games is the Future of Writing” and I found your site from that. I joined your email list and got the ebook and it’s so timely! I have an idea for a story and this encourages me to get going on it! Thanks Jeff!

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  • I found your ebook very aspiring and affirming. As a writer I have always felt “I cannot not write”. But how do you overcome the compulsion to keep checking your blog stats? We keep reading in so many places that the way through to the publication contract is to write a successful blog. Everywhere I read that before they will accept a ms, publishers are now checking numbers – numbers of followers, likes, comments, fans etc. I believe that what you say in your Writer’s Manifesto is true but how are we to get out of this vicious circle of contradictory advice that circulates round the publishing world?

  • Jean kotzur

    I read your ‘Manifesto’ several times and have the following remarks:
    I am not a youngster (68 yrs) and I have collected a great deal of information and experience over the years. I write and I have had a couple of items published during my lifetime. I like your approach to the art of writing if, and only if, writing is just a calling and is not needed to put the meals on the table. Trying to please an audience is just ‘Utopia’. You don’t seek out your audience, they find you.
    “You are falling back in love with your writing again” That is good, because your readers will be looking for you in your work. They are already acquainted with themselves and what they love to read and are looking for other perspectives. “Real writers don’t write for recognition” and “Writers write because they cannot not write,” but if writing is your source of income as well as your passion then a more down to earth approach to writing must accompany the passion. Perhaps the most commendable attribute to writing  is the knowledge that there are those who wish to share in the proceeds of the writer’s intellect and creativity. A writer needs inspiration to create and inspiration is all around us. Not wanting fame and fortune is commendable, but knowing that your creativity is forming and developing the minds of children and adults alike is rewarding and priceless.

    Your website is a breath of fresh air.
    Jean kotzur

  • With a completed manuscript in hand, along with the first of my rejections from agents who never even read a word of the manuscript yet found it worthy of rejecting, (I really am not bitter, just giving you the facts) your Manifesto watered that wilting plant of creativity that got me writing in the first place. Thank you for helping me pull my shoulders high while settling back into my favorite writing position. I am craving the wonderful sound my keyboard makes as I do what I most love to do: WRITE! Manifesto will remain with me, while I send it to other writers for whom I care. 

  • Cindy Ray

    I certainly enjoyed your e-book.  It gives a different thought process to why a writer wants to write.  I have found that after I write and if I share it….well, I feel I have actually exposed a part of myself…silly as it sounds.  I have had people throughout the years tell me…you need to write….you need to write a book.  And, the mentality to get accolades or write a “bestseller” has ran through my mind but hey…..I just write. 

  • Jeff, The Writer’s Manifesto was like the final omen that broke the Alchemist’s back for me in my journey.  It inspired me to take immediate action and write what I could no longer contain.  Thank you for that.

    Today I launched “The Tribe Builder’s Manifesto – Spark a Movement. Change the World.”  https://www.tribe.ly/manifesto

  • Don Terry

    I just read The Writer’s Manifesto again.  What a great reminder to stop checking the status on comments.  If we would just create, rather than write for the purpose of being seen, we would be so much more productive and fulfilled.  The same can be said for singing, painting, or playing an instrument.  We just need to create because we were made to be creative.

  • Gamin

    Short and sweet and I love it.

    This is what every writer who’s been corrupted by the desire for fame and wealth needs to read. It definitely made me re assess my goals for writing.


  • Em

    Well, I didn’t realize I was writing a manifesto at the time, but this sounds a lot like something I wrote at the beginning of the year, when I was feeling like I needed to write for myself: 

    Thanks for the affirmation!

  • Clara Rose

    Hello Jeff,

    I joined the tribe on Friday after diving into Michael Hyatt’s video sessions (while waiting for my book to arrive from Amazon) but I am following using my RSS… will I get your newsletter as well… or just your blog posts?

  • Jackiem19

    Thank you for sharing your ebook.  I found it most inspiring.  It gave me a sense of connection this awakening of sorts.  I felt my inner writer screaming…Hey!  hey are you paying attention to this…someone out there knows…that inner feeling, that need.

    Have a writen a book…HA! yes, in my head.  Have I felt worthy enough to put it to pen? only bits and pieces. 

    One fear I carry with writing (funny I should describe it as a fear) is being exposed.  Having to answer the question of what inspired you to write that.  Does that make sense?  

    I am looking forward to following your newsletter… while I continue to blog and gather my story, to paper one piece at a time. 

    Again, thank you. 

    Inspiring writer,


  • Thank you, I really enjoyed your manifesto. 

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  • Chelle

    I stopped writing 20 years ago. I’ve decided it’s time to start again Three kids, a 50+ hr a week job, and all the various sundries of “life” are my excuses, but I bet I can carve out 15 min a day to start. :-). Thanks, Jeff.

  • Tanya Levy

    Your e-book is exceptional.  I “cannot not write”.  Dancers cannot not dance, baseball players must bat and writers cannot resist the written word or the blank page, or the dinner napkin or the margin…  Thanks for an important reminder to keep our priorities straight and just keep writing.

  • Oh, us writers. Deep down inside we know what it is we need, but we get our heads in a spin with ideas of building a platform, blogging, being marketable, writing for the audience. I rarely see anything on the myriad writing blogs I’ve read about writing purely for the love of it, for yourself and to make yourself happy.

    Reading your manifesto has helped turn my head back so it’s facing the right way. You put into words a simple truth and challenged me to acknowledge it:

    Nothing feels more natural than to sit and write and experience that thrill of creating something out of nothing. 

    Thank you. For making me realise, again, that it’s OKAY to write for myself!

    I am now subscribed to your newsletter, and I look forward to reading more from you!

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  • Just the read best summing up of me as a writer ever. It’s all completely true what the writers manifesto says. It’s exactly why I write and want to continue writing for as long as I can.
    Sometimes I feel like I need to write more often. Life trys to get in the way but I can always count on one thing, whenever I write I feel great. I do hope to finish my first novel soon(I’m editing the first draft of it) and I hope to find more words of inspiration on this website.

    Thank you    

  • I decided to start my blog https://parentista.com I am also writing parenting articles for magazines and other blogs. Thanks for your inspiration!

  • Hi Jeff, I’m so glad I discovered your blog. Reading the writer’s Manifesto was inspiring. Reading it was a breath of fresh air to say the least.

    I have wanted to be a “real” writer for a long time but lost track of why I wanted to write. I guess like most aspiring writers I got caught up following advice from others and trying to find numerous ways of finding that first paying job. I Guess I lost focus.

     It’s so easy to become obsessed and cause yourself burnout in the process. Once I remembered why I loved to write things got much better. I actually enjoy it again!

    I think I will make the writer’s manifesto a weekly read! What better way to start the week!

    Thanks Jeff.

  • lilly

    hi  jeff, lilly here again. Sweet. The Manifesto spoke right to my heart as does everything that I have read of yours …. I thought I was alone, I am so glad I found you and that there are more just like us.  Please watch for my ‘ Help! Hoarding 911’; its not pretty but it’s where I’ve got to start.

  • I found your Manifesto by “accident” today. I wasn’t looking for it, but I found that I needed to read it. This simple page-turner didn’t inspire me – it recreated the writer in me. It gave me a new focus, a renewed outlook on my craft. Thank you for sharing it. 

    I have found that in my day-to-day life I did lose the joy of writing because of the focus of my goals and dreams. It’s not wrong to dream and have goals, but when they become the “why” of your actions, you lose the original love and passion. And I needed to hear that today.

    Simply brilliant.

  • Hi Jeff! I have just launched my new ebook Boosting Confidence, 15 Steps to success in the workplace. Your ebook the writer’s manifesto boosted me (no pun intended) to write my book…

    I also used your essential guide to writing an ebook to help me while planning to launch my ebook. So I must say thank you!

    People are loving it and I am so glad
    More details can be found here-  http://www.superworkingmum.com/boosting-your-confidence.html. Reviews of my ebook can be found here- http://www.superworkingmum.com/boosting-your-confidence-reviews.html

  • Bknielson

    I found myself in tears over how to create a blog, find an agent and finish the book I started months ago. And then I called a dear friend who reminded me what I told her a year and a half ago, that I wanted to write because I love it and don’t care what comes of it. I vaguely remember the statement. I lost the love of the craft in the shuffle of being heard not trusting the One who called me to write the words and leave the rest to Him. Thank you so much for your words. They gave me persmission to do what I love and leave the rest to the One who moves moutains.

  • I was gonna get the book and read it but the cunumdrum is: did you write the book to be read or did you write it just because you love to write?  If you wrote it to be read then the book has no credibility if it’s telling writers to stop writing to be read & instead get back to writing simply because we love to write.   But if you just wrote it because you love to write, then it doesn’t matter if I read it or not, right? hmmmm.
    Perhaps I should give you the benefit of the doubt, conclude that you wrote it because you love to write and I’ll read it simply because I love to read

  • After years of threats and hobby blogging I’ve decided it’s time to get started writing…again. this manifesto is exactly what I needed, a real heart check for the motive and intentions of my effort. Thanks!

  • Kimby

    Jeff, I downloaded your Writer’s Manifesto awhile back and for whatever reason, didn’t read it until today.  I’m so glad I did.  Sometimes I feel like I spend more time commenting on other people’s writing than working on my own, but it’s part of who I am as a writer, too.  I love encouraging folks!    Thanks for an excellent insight into why we do what we do — and love it.

  • Jillcraddock

    Thanks for The Writer’s Manifesto!  I have more stories than tweets in me.  I’ll let you know when I put up a new one on my site from your inspiration…  Best, Jill  

  • Pierre Adrien Viaene


    Just read your writer Manisfesto and Loved it! Although I’m not a writer type of guy I would like to link this story to any talent that anyone has been giving to. I, myself have started in theater of improvisation. It’s a very scary thing to do in the beginning. But just last week, i wasn’t aware of any of my friends coming to see the game but they absolutely LOVED it. But like you said: ‘the moment we stop caring about what someone else will think and just do what we love, is the moment we start creating art’.

    Thank you!

  • camille

    I agree with your fundamental argument that writers should write because they can’t help it, because they are feverishly addicted and nothing else makes any sort of sense. But I almost resented your assertion that ‘real writers’ don’t care about publicity. There have been plenty of ‘real writers’ who care very  much indeed. I’m not saying that’s a good thing. In fact, I think it’s better to create to create. But some people find inspiration in their longing to be wealthy or famous or remembered. Charles Dickens wrote with a strict deadline because he desperately needed the money (a little different I know, kind of a bad example). 
    But some good ideas.
    -Camille, camillekellogg.blogspot.com 

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