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I was recently listening to an episode of the podcast Happier, my not-so-guilty guilty pleasure. Every week the hosts of the podcast, Gretchen Rubin and Elizabeth Craft, offer a “try this at home” and in this particular episode their “try this at home” was to write a manifesto. Gretchen Rubin has written a number of manifestos, including a happiness manifesto, a habits manifesto and a podcast manifesto.

The podcast episode inspired me to look at other manifestos and to start developing my own manifesto.

I started by jotting down ideas and was surprised by the strength and clarity of some of the statements that came out of my brainstorm. I felt as though I was challenging myself to live my values through my writing.

So, here it is, my work-in-progress manifesto:

Naomi’s Manifesto for Writing

My words do not belong to me

Storytelling comes in many forms: books, newspaper articles, blogs, tweets, video games, family gatherings

Everyone, everyone, has a story worth telling

Challenge all stereotypes

Respect the dignity and rich inner lives of others

Ignore gate keepers, muddy the waters

Give yourself permission

Do not let the perfect be the enemy of the good

Do you have a writer’s manifesto? Or another kind of manifesto? Let me know! And let me know if you decide to “try this at home” too.

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