Writing Manifesto



I write these words to myself, as a reminder that the original plan for this blog is that there is no plan.

Write. That is all.

1. Write every day.

It doesn’t mean you need to post something every day. Just write every day. Aim for a post or two per week.

2. Don’t go looking for your voice.

It isn’t lost. It isn’t an object you can obtain. It is a place at which you must arrive. Faith and perseverance are the key to all things, and they will help you get there.

3. Seek to write about that which interests you, or inspires you, or excites your spirit.

It doesn’t matter if it’s discourse on business, art, self-improvement, productivity, technology, or the myriad other things that interest you. It doesn’t matter if it’s a story or a poem. Just write.

4. Over time, this blog may become a mess, or a masterpiece.

Whatever it becomes, embrace it. It’s a reflection of who you were, who you are now, and who you’re becoming. Life changes constantly. So should your writing space.

5. Remember these great words.

“No man who bothers about originality will ever be original: whereas if you simply try to tell the truth (without caring twopence how often it has been told before) you will, nine times out of ten, become original without ever having noticed it.”
— C.S. Lewis

6. Pair each post with an original creation.

Let this Manifesto set an early standard. Create an original piece of art—be it illustration, painting, graphic, photograph, or simple doodle—with every post. Writing will expand your mind. Creating art to compliment it will provide clarity and develop artistic precision.

7. It’s okay to update this Manifesto when you feel the need.

So, you’ve grown. You’ve gotten better. You’ve found your creative stride and you think this Manifesto is a load of hogwash. Then flush it out and make it better to meet your new standards.

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by Brandon Smith

I'm a UX/UI designer, writer, and photographer dwelling in Los Angeles. Stories are my life. Find me on TwitterInstagram, Medium, and Goodreads.

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