After we finish these five days, you will have a really strong sense of why you’re writing.
- What you SHOULD be writing.
- What your SHOULDN’T be writing.
- WHO your role models and mentors are
- How to stay on track and truly BELIEVE that you are a writer and you should be doing this work.
Over the next 5 days we’re going to create your ‘Writer’s Manifesto’, a document that will help you understand why writing matters to you and what you want to bring into the world, through you creativity.
It acts as a decision-filter for the way you work on every scene, every story, every piece.
When I was procrastinating on revisions to a story, I wasn’t sure what was wrong. Then I looked at my Writer’s Manifesto and realized that the cynical little story I had drafted didn’t match my goals for me, as a writer and human.
That realization freed me to let that draft go, and work on something better…which came much more easily.
Likewise, in trying to write a scene in my novel, it kept trending to a tone that didn’t match what I had written as my aspirations for my work. Remembering that allowed me to find a better tone for the scene, which then flowed better, because I believed in it more.
STEP 1 OF YOUR MANIFESTO
We start by figuring out who we admire, as creative — who are our ‘Fairy Art Parents’…
Write a list of creative people you admire and what attracts you to them.
Don’t spend too long on this.
For example, I wrote:
Amanda Palmer. For her commitment to making the art that only she can make and for finding ways to get paid for it. outwith traditional structures. And for her commitment to openness.
Mary Robinette Kowal science fiction, fantasy author, whose pursuit of the craft of writing and storytelling is detailed and, logical. For her willingness to share that with others and to keep on turning out her own work and building an audience at the same time.
Nick Stevenson for what I call his calculated openheartedness, the way that he communicates with his readers.
Kim Stanley Robinson for his unique style and optimism.
Neil Gaiman for the same things, and for the literary family tree that he grew out of.
Terry Pratchett and Douglas Adams for their quirky style, their humor, their big ideas and for the fact that what I get from them. I can only get from them.
WRITE YOUR LIST
- So write down your list of people who inspire you, writers, artists, creative types.
- And then write down what it is that each of those people. What you admire about them and the way that they do business.
Today’s is a tiny task, but it lays the foundation for the really important process that we’re going through this week.
We’ll be back tomorrow to take the next step with this list that you’re making today.
Who did you pick as your Fairy Art Parents. Leave a comment and let us know!
P. S. Have a friend who should be going through this challenge with you? Send them a link to sign up at storyaday.org/jan-challenge