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 (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!”