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THE WRITER’S MANIFESTO  

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THE WRITER’S MANIFESTO
Stop Writing to Be Read & Adored
By Jeff Goins

THE END

I’m a writer.
I could say that I love to write. 
But really, I like to be read. 
A lot.
For too long, my fragile ego 
has depended on the afirmation 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.
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. 
And I am finding that I am not alone.
Writers everywhere 
are rediscovering their first love: writing.
Not tweets 
or publishing contracts 
or blog comments.
Just writing.
This manifesto is an outstretched hand 
to others who feel this same tension 
between creativity and congratulations.
If this resonates with you, read on.
A quick word of warning 
before we continue...
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.

CALL TO ARMS

Writers don’t write to get published. 
They write for another reason.
This is the first and only lesson 
every writer must learn.
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. 
By their gifts 
and under the authority 
of a higher calling, 
they are compelled to create.
To wonder. 
To dream. 
To express.
Real writers wake up every morning 
with something to say.
Even if the words have yet to come. 
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.
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.
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.
We must put these ideas 
of fame and reward to death.
They have no place 
in the creative process.
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.
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.
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.
But this is not an excuse to wait.
It is a call to begin.
To honor the gift.
To show up.
Even without applause.
Again, the whole point
of this is simply...
Writers don’t write to get published. 
They write for the love of writing. 
Because if they were not writing, 
they wouldn’t know what to do.
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.
And people reward great art.
Here is the paradox:
As we care less about our audience’s affections,
more people will be affected by our writing.
They will applaud it.
They will venerate it. 
And congratulate those responsible.
Some day.
Until then, you and I are not excused from creating.

BEGINNING 

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.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.
We only have today. 
That is all we are ever promised.
And today, we must write.
The real writer within you is waiting.

FINALETAKING THE 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.


You are not alone.

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