Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Building an Artist Manifesto

I have a business plan, but I don't have a manifesto.

But I recently read a bunch of them here and now I'm thinking maybe I need to write one and post it to motivate myself.

Here's how my business plan starts:

"I write entertaining, fast reads full of humor and unexpected twists…or really twisted bad guys."

and how it ends

"Don’t forget: Have some fun!!!!!!!!"

which I thought was pretty good, but now I'm thinking in my manifesto I need to come up with some great statements like these:

"If you don't like something change it."  The Holstee Manifesto

"Be boring.  (It's the only way to get work done.)"  Austin Kleon

"Do not feel absolutely certain of anything."  Bertrand Russell

"Identify what's important to you."  Leo Babauta, Zenhabits

"Go. Make something happen."  Seth Godin

Things of my own I might add:

Shut up.
Shut up and listen to the world around you.
Shut up and really listen to those in your life....those who care and those who only claim to care.
Shut up and listen to your gut. Your heart knows what's best.

It's better to try and fail, than to squash your own dreams.

Safety can equal stagnation.

Tell me Killer Friends: Do you have a manifesto? What advice would you add to one?


B.E. Sanderson said...

Cool. I don't have a manifesto. Yours sounds like it'll have some really awesome inspirational stuff in it. How about a little Shakespeare? "This above all: to thine own self be true." Not that you aren't, but it's something I'd put on mine, if I had a manifesto. =o)

Karyn Good said...

Those are some great manifestos. I love your idea about failure and letting go. Now I need one. I think mine would have something about seeking inspiration every day. Something to think about.

jblynn said...

B.E. -- That would be a great addition

Karyn -- It is an interesting thing to think about, isn't it?

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