I have always known and understand manifesto as a politican’s tool to gain followers. So at some point during the semester when T and my fellow classmates mentioned manifesto, I wondered why would I need to write a manifesto? I am not a politician. It was not until I met with T and brought up this matter that I realized the manifesto we were talking about was a writing different than my normal writer’s voice. A manifesto is different and strong, and not necessarily only meant for politicians.
I write because words are POWERFUL. I write because words are free and like a blank canvas. Words are whatever you make of them; they can be dynamic or stagnant, selfish or selfless, beautiful or ugly. Words are yours—you have full ownership; no one can take them away from you. Writing is about the individual, not the collective. My words are powerful because they are mine.
The whole point of this post is to share our writing manifesto but I have completely revised my thinking on writing in some ways since the beginning of this semester as I have done more writing independently and really taken time to consider what type of writing i love and what writing I am not so crazy about! Also, I completely lost the original copy (truth comes out).
I write here about what it means to me to be a writer, and the inherent ego in it. I hope you don’t all think me an egomaniac because of this.
People always piss me off when they say that writing is “easy” or that its a cop out. Tell that to J.K. Rowling my dude. Or better yet, stop texting. That’s writing, moron.
Okay sorry, I’m heated. But emotion always fuels some of my best work so I’m rolling with it.
I, along with many others, have found solace in countless aspects of my life simply because of my ability to express myself through writing. I write to blow off steam when yelling into my pillow isn’t enough. You may write to get an A, but I write to calm myself. Your neighbor may write to apply to law school; your sister writes to get likes on her Instagram picture. Your professor writes to express why your paper that you procrastinated on until the night before sucks. We all write, whether you like it or not.
Here is my manifesto, announcement, what have you, about writing. I used some fun visuals in the manifesto because I thought it looked pretty. Like, subscribe, comment below, lol.
When I looked back for my Writer’s manifesto that I had written at the beginning of the semester, I was sure that I would need to change it to fit what I learned this semester. I am a new writer with new knowledge and skills, so I figured those novelties would be something I need to include in my manifesto.
Turns out, the reason why I write is the exact same as what it was in the beginning of the semester, maybe even more strongly so. Find a passion and follow it. Give it your all. Pour your soul into it. No matter what I know, or what challenges I’ve faced, or how experienced of a writer I am, passion drives me. And the ride is so worth it.
1. You must be awake to write. Caffeine is important.
2. You must write for others when necessary but, more importantly,
3. You must make time to write for yourself.
4. You must write under the impression that time is something that can be made; therefore,
5. You must forget everything you learned in grade school, if only for just a moment.
6. You may write in any font, as long as it is not Comic Sans.
7. You must write with a good pen. The kind that makes you want to keep going.
8. You mustn’t think twice about what you’re putting on paper — at least not now. So,
9. You must put off revisions, but never put off the first draft.
10. You must write about what you hate.
11. You must write about what you love.
12. Especially when those two are the same thing.
13. You must drop everything when the time comes, open your notebook, close all tabs; shut the door, shut out the sounds, shut down your inhibitions; reconnect with you, not “you,” but the real you, the one you knew when you were young, who wasn’t afraid to be tell it like it was; forget everything they say, but recall it in your words; your own words, because if you don’t say it now, now, it will remain unsaid forever.