Thanks to Fred Marion, I’ve been thinking a lot about my writing manifesto. Do I have one? Should I have one? And if I had one, what would it say?
For those of you who aren’t sure what a manifesto is, Merriam-Webster is here to tell you the definition:
plural manifestos or manifestoes
: a written statement declaring publicly the intentions, motives, or views of its issuer. The group’s manifesto focused on helping the poor and stopping violence.
(By the way, manifesto was the Word of the Day for Merriam-Webster on February 23, 2013. If you haven’t signed up for the Word of the Day email, you’re missing out.)
Right now, in the thick of summer madness and with too much on my plate, I don’t have time to write my own manifesto, but I think it would be a great exercise. So, my plan for the next couple of days is to think about and write down the words that come to mind when I think of what my writing manifesto would say. I don’t care if I just make a bulleted list. It would certainly be a start.
What sort of manifesto would you write, friends? I’d love to know.