Every self-respecting writer has a manifesto these days, so here’s mine. Feel free to cover your mouth before laughing.
- This manifesto is not a rule book and there is nothing wrong with hypocrisy.
- I live. I experiment. I write.
- I don’t need any props for this life. I can even write without pen and paper.
- The world is big enough for us all.
- This isn’t a game and money isn’t the score.
- I’m not going to be a doctor, a lawyer, a businessman or an engineer. Survival isn’t enough.
- I will push my physical and mental capabilities. “Our greatest fear is not that we are inadequate, but that we are powerful beyond measure.” Mandela.
- I am responsible for my own experience. Nobody else knows what is good, meaningful or worthwhile for me.
- A book is just a book. I’ll write hundreds of them.
- My creation is independent of me. I just show up and put in the hours.
- Success and popularity are independent of my creation. They are whims of fortune.
- I’m not dependent on suddenly being ‘discovered’.
- Publishers are only middlemen.
- Bob Dylan can’t sing or play the guitar.
IV. The Audience
- There is an audience. They might not be listening, but they are there.
- I will not be afraid to engage the audience.
- The audience will see themselves in what I write because I am human also.
- I will inspire the audience with new ideas, perspectives and sensations.”What I began by reading, I must finish by acting.” Thoreau.
- I will entertain the audience.
- This too shall change.
What do you think? Big fat self-indulgent piece of tripe? A worthwhile exercise to keep me on the straight and narrow? You ever thought about writing your own manifesto?