Writing A Manifesto

Have you ever wanted to take an idea and really run with it? Take the thought and research it thoroughly? Create an outline, with lots of bullet points. I know I have. When the idea takes shape, the real fun comes in… You want to share it with the world.

I’ve wanted to do this for years.

I’ve had plenty of ideas.

Some pretty good.

I’ve blogged about them.

Outlined them and even included them in a book.

However… I’ve never quite got around to creating the ultimate white paper.

A document that someone could pick up and know exactly what I was thinking.

A document so concise that it could change somebody’s attitude.

A collection of words that would compel someone to action.

A group of pages that scream intention

Simply put…

I need to write a manifesto

The definition of a manifesto is…

A written statement declaring publicly the intentions, motives, or views of its issuer.

To give you an example of what a manifesto is all about, I’ll share a great one that one of my writing mentors, Jeff Goins, just created.

It’s simple called, The Writer’s Manifesto

Jeff took a collection of ideas and distilled them into a single, focused document, asking the reader to take a single action. Here is an excerpt…

Be prepared to be challenged.
And to be generous.
Because when this is over,
I am going to ask you to do something.
To start writing for the right reasons.

This short document can be read in just minutes, but its ideas can change the way you write, and look at writing; forever.

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I love the power of a direct manifesto. I’ve read many of them over the years on a site called ChangeThis. Nothing quite motivates like a short and focused call to arms.

Now, I just need to overcome the little procrastination nabob sitting on my shoulder.

And write one myself.

Excuse me…

While I get a pen…

Question: What would you write a manifesto about?

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