Of Marxists & Bloggers: The Writer’s Manifesto
Admittedly, I have taken advantage of this unpoliced state of anarchy myself, and feel it holds an invaluable station in the literary canon. But one of the unfortunate spin-offs of unshackled creative energy is the compulsive need to justify one’s existence. This potent desire for validation has proliferated a genre that used to be reserved for disgruntled proletariat Marxists, union dock workers, and the like.
The niche of which I speak is the manifesto.
A manifesto is a document outlining a set of ideals or principles by which to live.
Many of these manifestos are cheesy and unhelpful. They go like this:
- Even if you’re bad at writing, you can still tell people you’re a writer and expect overnight success; just look at Stephanie Meyer and her Vampire pulp empire.
- Don’t listen to critics, they’re just jealous that you have more free time than they do.
- Don’t worry that your grammar are bad. (Sorry, I meant grammars are bad.)
- Publishers don’t know what they’re talking about, that’s why Al Gore gave us the Internet.
- Send this manifesto (and a link to my blog) to 10 friends, or you won’t be a real writer.
K. M. Weiland’s offering is an exception. Her blog deservedly sports the coveted (though garishly colored) badge of honor for “Top Ten for Writers.” It’s well-worth the visit to Wordplay. [Another one worth checking out is the free eBook Jeff Goins gives his subscribers at goinswriter.com]
Weiland’s pithy “Manifesto for Writers” is the most concise and helpful I’ve read. It encapsulates perfectly the essence of what it takes to be a writer…
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