Writer's Manifesto

I recently came across an image on Pinterest that had me sit up and take notice. It was a collection of quotes and advice for writers. The ideas were simple, but the effect overall was huge. We sometimes forget as writers, how important it is to be what we are. We lose ourselves in the process and forget the point. Sometimes, we even forget to write. Here is a selection of the 20 tips that form a writer’s manifesto:

Writer's Manifesto


Make time to write every day
Set realistic goals
Follow your heart, not the market
Don’t just start stories, finish them
Dream big
Learn the rules, follow the rules, break the rules
Solicit, accept and manage constructive criticism
Forget your ego
Give back
Write scared
Remember you are the master, not the slave
Don’t be lazy: outline, research, rewrite
Build a life that supports your writing
Love what you do
Write with joy
Remember why you started

Simple, see? Nothing on that list is earth-shattering, and yet they are all vital to leading a life with writing that works. There is nothing worse than a writer who doesn’t write. Someone who forgets their dreams is someone that is unfulfilled. Embrace your dreams, write big, and remember to keep it simple.

Author Bio:
This is a guest post from Laura Backes, she enjoys writing about all kinds of subjects and also topics related to internet service providers in myarea.  You can reach her at: laurabackes8 @ gmail.com.


myletterstoemily May 22, 2012 at 2:25 AM  

those are excellent pointers. it seems
that you are following all of them. :)

Unknown May 22, 2012 at 3:21 AM  

We can certainly learn from one another.

Anne Lyken-Garner May 22, 2012 at 10:13 AM  

Lea, I try. I don't always have the time to and sometimes I forget. It's great to have them all in one place to remind myself of them.

Anne Lyken-Garner May 22, 2012 at 10:14 AM  

Yes, Judy. I know I learn a lot about writing and blogging from others online. I hope that I pass on this knowledge.

drerhumu May 24, 2012 at 10:18 PM  

Very useful, think I may have to make more than a mental note of them :)

Dan Holloway May 24, 2012 at 11:00 PM  

Incredibly wise points, every single one of them. Thank you Anne and thank you Laura

Anne Lyken-Garner May 25, 2012 at 10:33 AM  

You're welcome, guys. It's always great to share something useful.

Icy BC May 25, 2012 at 3:46 PM  

It is indeed inspiring words to keep in mind. I love this part: "Learn the rules, follow the rules, break the rules"..It fits me perfectly!

Anne Lyken-Garner May 25, 2012 at 4:48 PM  

It's definitely important to learn the rules because if you don't know them you can't break them - wisely? I think this adds interest to your writing and gives your reader a glimpse of your personality.

Tony Schumacher May 26, 2012 at 3:13 PM  

You've just made me want to join pinterest now! Which is ironic because I was avoiding it due to not wanting waste more time when I should be writing!
great inspirational post!

Anne Lyken-Garner May 26, 2012 at 6:51 PM  

Thank you, Anthony. I thought the same about pinterest, but it can do wonders for your blog if you have lots of pictures on it.

Pinterest works best for crafts, diy, art, cooking blogs etc.

Anne's a published author, freelance writer and experienced editor. She's just signed her second publishing contract this year with 2 separate publishing houses. You can hire her or see her available books in the side panel on the right.
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