A writer’s manifesto

Why didn’t I ever see it before? Writing is all about connections – with myself, with others, with past, present, & future – connections with characters, how they interact, connections with plots, how events impact other events, how situations affect us, how we respond emotionally…

 

I write to speak to scream to whisper to shout to teach to learn to tell to show to try to give to share to parade to deepen to unfurl to open up to look within and see what is is.

I connect with the verbs & parts of speech with what I know, what I’ve learned what I still want to learn –

And where would writing be without readers? That’s a connection too – writers write for readers and readers encourage the writers to keep going….

I write because I can

I write because I have to get it out

Or I want to show you something

I write to create order of chaos

I write to explode safely on paper

I write to practice my talent my gift my duty my journey

I write because oh why the hell not?

I write because teachers encouraged me

I write to make people laugh or smile or forget their troubles for awhile

I write to get closer to God

I write because I wish I lived by the sea and I don’t so I just imagine the beach so I can smell the sea again and almost feel the warm sun on my shoulders and see the glint of silica in the sand

I write because I can’t experience things I want to – not enough time or money or opportunities –

I write because I can’t help writing

I write because I love the process

I love creating it keeps the blues away

or better yet it lets me face my blues and tell them which way to go –

I write because it heals

I write because it empowers me

I write to transform my pain

I write to keep from going crazy

I write to save myself from boredom

I write to please teachers and readers and myself

I write to play with words, my little friends
I write because stories help me make sense of the world

I write because what I produce often surprises me

I write to answer questions I didn’t know I was asking

I write and I keep writing whether anyone else ever reads my work

Because when I quit writing once before

It felt like my soul had been raped,

Profoundly robbed of something so very precious.

 

By Kerry Vincent © 2008

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7 Responses to “A writer’s manifesto”

  1. Lori Says:

    This is very powerful. It packs a lot of punch.

  2. gailkav Says:

    Oh yes, all that, and probably reasons we don’t even know ourselves. Great stuff, Kezza.

  3. porchsitter Says:

    Wonderful! Every writer will appreciate this and add to it his or her own passions for writing. I can’t imagine any other creative activity that fulfills so many needs.

  4. woodnymph Says:

    This is wonderful. Every writer should have a copy tacked up on their wall.

    Vi

  5. Jill Says:

    Oh tingles up the spine – wonderful, wonderful and strong and poetic and so much your truth and that of we who create to know who we are, to make sense of our place in this world or not as the case may be and most of all to communicate – both outwards and inwards. Fab Kerry 😀

  6. Thalia Says:

    This is so powerful the way it is written. The lines really grabbed me, particularly: “I write because I wish I lived by the sea and I don’t so I just imagine the beach so I can smell the sea again and almost feel the warm sun on my shoulders and see the glint of silica in the sand” since I too miss the ocean. And “I write and I keep writing whether anyone else ever reads my work Because when I quit writing once before It felt like my soul had been raped, Profoundly robbed of something so very precious.”
    Oh yes, so much so precious.

  7. jodhiay Says:

    There’s much I can relate to here, especially the “explode on paper” part (In my case, these often don’t get used or sent, but they make me feel better and at least allow me to move past things). Good stuff!

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