Writing Journey – Step 1 – Write a Manifesto

The truth of the matter is that my family went through some pretty awful “family stuff” since the beginning of summer. Even though we’re still trying to get our bearings and “things” aren’t over just yet and our lives changed forever, life must go on.

One of my last posts was about writing a manifesto. I made a few attempts at writing my manifesto but each one was ultimately forgotten about because once I wrote it I never looked at it again. I didn’t commit.

What is a Manifesto?

A manifesto is a list of what is the most important in your life right now, at this moment, and it is a list of everything you think you want in your future. It is a list of absolutely everything you’d like to do, like to have, like to be in your life. There aren’t any wrongs. That’s one of the things so great about it. Your manifesto should be fun to write. It’s a little like a bucket list but is more than that. It shouldn’t just be crazy sort of ideas because so many of them will realistically be unattainable or you’ll simply not want to do them any more. The fantastical ideas add the fun but the list also has to have meaningful wants and desires.

Sounds easy enough right? Not really. Not if you’ve been accustomed to always finding a reason for putting yourself on the back burner or snuffing out your own candle before a strong breeze comes along to blow it out. It’s simple in theory but not so simple to live out.

Why should you have a Manifesto?

Your manifesto will give you clear goals for all areas of your life: work, family, fun, spiritual, whatever your goals may be.

How do you write your manifesto?

You don’t have to get metaphysical or spiritual to write your list but of course you can if you want to. A manifesto is a basic list, starting with one and ending with whatever. It can be as short and to the point as you want but a longer more detailed list is a lot more fun.

What’s the catch?

The catch is you have to live your manifesto. You have to look at it everyday while trying to bring your list alive with your actions. You can’t just sit back and stare at it. you must work for it. Nothing comes to those who wait. Cliche but true.

Words in action = kinetic energy = making your dreams come true= maybe being a happier more productive person.

Look, this isn’t fantasy land. Just because you write a manifesto doesn’t mean that miraculously your entire reason for being is going to make sense or you’re going to beam rays of sunshine.  Not happening. But what will happen is that as you look at your list each day and see it in action you might get more focused and more determined.

If along the way something on your list doesn’t fit, cross it off. So what? The manifesto a living breathing thing. It can change as we change. Let it go if it no longer fits with where you’re going. We all take steps in some direction every moment of our lives like an army of ants just following each other along. So why not take those steps on your own terms?

I finally have my manifesto. Why don’t you go write your own and see what happens?

Here is are a couple of links you might like to check out:

The Blog of Impossible Things This one is a personal new favorite. I think the idea    of an impossible list is fantastic!

E.piphanies.com

Creative Creativity

How to write a Manifesto.

Good luck!

juliet 🙂

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20 thoughts on “Writing Journey – Step 1 – Write a Manifesto

  1. I love this idea of writing a manifesto, for my writing life and for my all encompassing life. I haven’t ever thought of this before, and it’s a great idea. I’ve found journal writing really helps me to explore depths that I don’t always reach in my regular writing, and vice versa just depending on what I’m writing about. But I think this manifesto will help me to understand how it all fits together in my life! Thank you for this wonderful inspiration 🙂

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    • Hi! I’m so glad I could help. I knew earlier this year that I had to make some decisions about the direction I wanted my life to go in and the word “manifesto” kept popping up. I’m not one to believe in coincidence so I started paying attention. I think there are many others who could benefit from writing their own manifesto as well. Good luck with yours! 🙂

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  2. What an interesting post! I’ve heard of goal setting, but never of writing a manifesto. Your post, however, made me see that the idea of a manifesto is more encompassing than a simple goal setting page. Definately food for thought.

    Fellow Campaigner – paranormal romance group 2!

    I actually just released my first novel, Claiming The Prize, yesterday! To celebrate, I’m offering a free coupon over the weekend. I’d love for you to stop by and check it out. I’ll be around during the campaign. I wonder if our group will ‘do’ anything? I’m thinking we should have a ‘blog-hop/giveaway/something’ within our paranormal romance group! Wouldn’t that be fun?
    ~ Nadja

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    • Hi Nadja,
      Yes…a manifesto was at first confusing until I looked it up. It is much more than a “to do” list and hopefully we’ll see some great results if we work at the list.
      It’s nice to meet all the campaigners! A blog hop/giveaway would be fun. I’m not too sure how all of this works but so far I’ve met some very nice people.
      Thanks for stopping by! 🙂

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  3. Hi Nadja,
    I agree about an importance of having a clear understanding of our goals for everything in life (work, family, friends, goals etc.). It’s so easy to get sidetracked. A simple list of goals keeps us going in a right direction, with no unnecessary stops and distractions. Great post! Looking forward to seeing more of you at the Campaign 🙂

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  4. Hi there! Just another campaigner here . . .

    A manifesto sounds like a wonderful idea! I’m making a lot of changes in my life right now (husband just got a new job, I’m quitting my job and getting another very-part-time job, and trying to sort out my writing in-between helping my family), and this may be just what I need to make sure I stay true to who I want to be. It’s not going to get written until after I survive the next 10 days, though!

    I’m sorry you’ve had a hard summer, I know how rough times like that can be (we just got through one ourselves). Make sure to give yourself some well-deserved pampering, no matter what it is that helps you relax!

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    • Hi Rebekah,
      Nice to meet another campaigner. I’ve met some really nice people already. It seems we’ve had a similar summer as far as changes go so guess we have to stick together. The support with the campaign has been tremendous. Good luck writing your manifesto. It does help in providing a solid foundation for what I attempt to get through each day and takes some of the pressure off. Hope you get some relaxation and writing time as well. Thanks for stopping by! 🙂

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  5. I’m so sorry that I’m just now dropping in to say hi! I’m in your urban fantasy group. Life has been ridiculous recently and I think I took on more than I could initially handle, but I’m finally getting caught up. =)

    I love the idea of a manifesto. I think I may have to pick a weekend and work on one. Just take some quiet time and think about where I am, what I want, and where I want to go. Thank you for sharing the wonderful post!

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    • Hi Lissa! I know what you mean about taking on more than you can handle but somehow I’m finding a little extra time here and there. The campaign has been fun so far and I’m getting to meet some very nice people. Good luck with your manifesto. It’s helped me become more focused and to actually stay more positive. I’d love to know how it goes when your finished.

      Thanks for stopping by! 🙂

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