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The Writers Manifesto

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Stop writing to be read and adored. The Writer's Manifesto has been read by tens of thousands of people and has been endorsed by people like Michael Hyatt and Seth Godin. It’s short, to the point, and a good kick in the pants for any artist, writer, or creative person. An excellent motivational work for professional and amateur writer's, by Jeff Goines.

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The Writers Manifesto

  1. 1. THE WRITER’S MANIFESTO Stop Writing to Be Read & Adored By Jeff Goins 1
  2. 2. CONTENTS PART 1 The End (A Good Place to Begin) PART 2 Call to Arms (A Battle Cry forThose Who Will Hear) PART 3 Beginning (WhereYou Must Decide to Start) FINALE Taking the Next Step Join the Community Share This Manifesto ACKNOWLEDGMENTS ABOUT THE AUTHOR 2
  3. 3. THE END 3
  4. 4. I’m a writer. I could say that I love to write. But really, I like to be read. A lot. 4
  5. 5. For too long, my fragile ego has depended on the affirmation of others. I have tried in vain to please my audience (both real and imagined) and win them over. This has plagued me for years. So I’m giving up. 5
  6. 6. I’m falling back in love with writing. With the actual craft. And not the disease of fame. I’m kicking my addiction to applause. And learning to write for myself again. This has been both therapeutic and challenging. 6
  7. 7. And I am finding that I am not alone. 7
  8. 8. Writers everywhere are rediscovering their first love: writing. Not tweets or publishing contracts or blog comments. Just writing. 8
  9. 9. This manifesto is an outstretched hand to others who feel this same tension between creativity and congratulations. If this resonates with you, read on. 9
  10. 10. A quick word of warning before we continue... 10
  11. 11. Be prepared to be challenged. And to be generous. Because when this is over, I am going to ask you to do something. To start writing for the right reasons. 11
  12. 12. CALLTO ARMS 12
  13. 13. Writers don’t write to get published. They write for another reason. This is the first and only lesson every writer must learn. 13
  14. 14. Real writers don’t write for recognition. They don’t do it for fame, accolades, or notoriety. They do it because they cannot not write. 14
  15. 15. By their gifts and under the authority of a higher calling, they are compelled to create. To wonder. To dream. To express. 15
  16. 16. Real writers wake up every morning with something to say. Even if the words have yet to come. 16
  17. 17. They discipline themselves to start. Forsaking every excuse and justification. Questions of how long or how much are irrelevant. What is imperative, what cannot be overlooked or neglected, is that they begin. 17
  18. 18. Real writers do not begin the day with aspirations of seeing their words in print. Nor do they dream of being stopped on the street to be congratulated for their genius. 18
  19. 19. This is natural, of course. This desire to be heard. To be acknowledged as an artist. But ultimately it corrupts the art, the pure desire to create. 19
  20. 20. We must put these ideas of fame and reward to death. They have no place in the creative process. 20
  21. 21. The true writer simply shows up. Ready to do the work. Whether the work is successful or acknowledged is not important. Creating is our primary concern. 21
  22. 22. Real writers do not need inspiration or an audience to begin. They know, without question, that their greatest adversary and ally is themselves. And that they are not alone. 22
  23. 23. Real writers recognize that there is a hidden force. Acting upon them. Guiding them. And leading them. The wisest writers call upon this force, taking the time to learn how to wield it well. They do this every day. 23
  24. 24. But this is not an excuse to wait. It is a call to begin. To honor the gift. To show up. Even without applause. 24
  25. 25. Again, the whole point of this is simply... 25
  26. 26. Writers don’t write to get published. They write for the love of writing. 26
  27. 27. Because if they were not writing, they wouldn’t know what to do. 27
  28. 28. Of course, there is a great irony to all of this. As we disabuse ourselves of the desire to entertain, we writers discover something. That this fasting from acclaim liberates us to create remarkable works of art. 28
  29. 29. And people reward great art. 29
  30. 30. Here is the paradox: As we care less about our audience’s affections, more people will be affected by our writing. 30
  31. 31. They will applaud it. They will venerate it. And congratulate those responsible. Some day. 31
  32. 32. Until then, you and I are not excused from creating. 32
  33. 33. BEGINNING 33
  34. 34. It’s time. To dream boldly and imagine impossibilities. To conjure up words and phrases the world is waiting to hear. To turn off email and stop checking blog stats. To stop worrying. And just write. It’s time to begin.
  35. 35. This is not up to you. This whole process of getting discovered and becoming famous. Of being revered for your wit and profundity. It’s not your call. Your job is to show up. 35
  36. 36. We only have today. That is all we are ever promised. And today, we must write. 36
  37. 37. The real writer within you is waiting. 37
  38. 38. FINALE
  39. 39. TAKINGTHE NEXT STEP This is but one manifesto. There is another stirring somewhere inside of you. It is up to you to write it. I hope you will. 39
  40. 40. JOINTHE COMMUNITY To find out more about The Writer’s Manifesto and how you can get involved in this community of writers, misfits, and creatives committed to the craft, visit this page. Or copy and paste this address in your browser: Goinswriter.com/writers-manifesto/ 40
  41. 41. SHARETHIS MANIFESTO You are welcome to share this manifesto with anyone and everyone. I only ask that you do not sell or change it in any way. Here are some ways to share: Twitter | Facebook | Comments For more ideas on how to share this manifesto and to offer feedback, visit The Writer’s Manifesto page.
  42. 42. ACKNOWLEDGMENTS • Heidi Angell • Kevin DeShazo • Melissa Brotherton • Evan Blackerby • Judy Croome • Josh Cody • Keith Jennings • Nate Eaton • Keri Welch • Chase Livingston • Julie Shreve • Allyson Latta • KC Procter • Michael Hyatt
  43. 43. ABOUTTHE AUTHOR Jeff Goins is a writer, speaker, and idea guy. He lives in Franklin,Tennessee with his wife,Ashley, and dog, Lyric, and eats just enough Mexican food to be dangerous. Read more at Goinswriter.com/ about. Connect with him: Email | Blog | Resources | Twitter | Facebook 43
  44. 44. You are not alone. 44

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