"Before I even write a word: I have a document (the manifesto) in which I write down all the dreams I have and ideas about the story. This is a fun time, a time when I won't allow myself to write the book because usually I am busy drafting or revising something else at the time."As soon as I read that, I decided I wanted to write my own manifesto for my next novel. Here's an excerpt from the three paragraphs I have so far:
I want this story to give readers a glimpse of what it feels like to be an outsider who is so desperate to fit in that she's willing to deny her own talents and gifts. . . . Even though the story will be character-driven, I want there to be aspects of mystery and suspense as my character discovers not only how she received her special gift but also how she will comes to terms with figuring out whether/how to use it.Obviously, I have a lot of work to do yet to flesh out this manifesto. But the process of writing just a few paragraphs of it has made me excited to go deeper and think harder about both the character and her story.
Wednesday Writing Workout, answer this question, either for a current work-in-progress, or a story you have yet to start: What's your writing manifesto?
In other words: what are your hopes and dreams for this story?
What type of structure/form will it take?
Who will you write it for?
I encourage you to go back and read Shelley Moore Thomas's post all the way through for inspiration, and also to do what she does: think of your manifesto as your "playground."
And remember: you'r not writing the story yet, you're writing about the story. Have fun!