Writer’s Manifesto: Why I Write

I am a writer. There – I said it.

I forget sometimes, and it’s good to remember. When I get bogged down with worry about marketing and paying the bills, it’s good to take a step back and reconnect with my purpose. So I decided to create a Writer’s Manifesto – from A to Zen: 26 short statements with inspiring images to match.

We start, predictably, with the letter A and a beautiful black cat demonstrating the art of paying attention. I’ll be posting the rest of it over the coming weeks, on and off, but you can download the whole thing now – yours to keep and share! Just click the image or the link (2MB):

Writer's Manifesto

Writer’s Manifesto (pdf)

Here’s the introductory text:

“I write in order to know myself.

Writing liberates me from the story and the lies of my culture. When I know myself, I can take back my power and speak my truth like a lion.

This culture suppresses the knowledge of my true self and sets limits on my consciousness. Religion, science, money – all are used to deny the reality of who I am and what I’m capable of.

It’s time to reclaim my sovereignty and remember my soul.

This is why I write: to remember, to be present, to be awake, to be alive. I don’t want to prop up the system and encourage people to sleep. I don’t want to feed delusions, soothe egos or swell heads.

I want to rattle cages. I want to breathe fire.

Success isn’t measured in units sold, or in racking up followers, or making money. I can’t be attached to external outcomes over which I have no control. Success is a state of mind. Am I writing? Am I enjoying it? Do I feel challenged by my work? Am I learning? Am I growing? Do I feel alive? Do I feel free? Am I at peace with myself?

So remember: Don’t write for the prize. The pot of gold at the end of the rainbow doesn’t exist. What is real is you, here, now. Your truth, in this moment.

The best writing comes from the depths of your soul, from speaking your truth without apology.

Staying true to yourself in a world hell bent on turning you into somebody else – someone smaller – is hard work. This manifesto is an inspiration and a reminder to recognise your essential goodness and write from the heart.

Include everything and resist nothing, with one caveat: Resist the soul-sucking demon that would crush your spirit and deny your right to know and live and love and create.

I love my creative life more than I love cooperating with my own oppression.” – Clarissa Pinkola Estes

Time is running out; you never have as much as you think. The only time you have is NOW. The only time you can write is NOW.

So get to it!”

>Read the whole thing: Writer’s Manifesto (pdf)
Why do you write? Share your own manifesto in the comments below…


4 thoughts on “Writer’s Manifesto: Why I Write

  1. It’s cheaper than than therapy for starters, oh let me count the ways. Because words are a power for shaping reality. You are literally the author of your life in every sense. If something has been stolen from you, you just write it back in, if there’s something you don’t like you write it out. Someone backs you into a corner you write in a door. The fruits of the imagination are no less valid in shaping experience than the act of experiencing itself, in fact I hold them to be one and the same. I also do it because out of all the things I can do it’s the thing that makes me feel most present and alive. It is literally the love of my life. It is life. Perhaps the following piece would offer and even better explanation. If you would be kind enough to reblog it for me, it would be very much appreciated. Much love and respect! https://sharmarama.wordpress.com/2015/03/24/spring-sprung-fling-flang/

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  2. Such wonderful honesty and inspiration. You reminded me today to be my Authentic self and speak my truth. I am sometimes forgetting that as I am writing and worry what my book should say rather than my truth! Im doing it now! Thanks Jessica.

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  3. I write to reclaim my right to be myself and my right to speak my truth. If the writing’s mediocre, it’s because I’m mediocre in that moment, and there’s nothing wrong with that. If the writing burns, it’s ’cause I’m on fire, and there’s nothing wrong with that, either. The Clarissa Pinkola Estes quote that you offer is a good reminder that no one can take my power away; I continually give it away because I’ve learned to believe that it’s safer. Thanks for reminding me that it isn’t. Jeff

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