Start your engines, writers!
Like I mentioned last week, Global Manifesto Writing Month (GloManWriMo) is an non-fiction alternative to National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo).
Some of us prefer writing non-fiction instead of fiction. GloManWriMo was conceived to provide non-fiction writers a long form writing project to work on. I liked the idea of a manifesto (or a long essay, for that matter) so that’s what I came up with.
Manifestos.net defines a manifesto in the following way:
A manifesto is a public declaration of the purpose, principles, or plan of action of a group or individual.
A few examples of manifestos:
And so on.
So here are the rules that I’m setting for myself:
1. Write at least 333 words per day. I was going to go with 1,000 words a day, but that’s a 30,000 word manifesto. Anyone who can write a 30,000 word manifesto is… probably not safe to be around. Just shy of 10,000 words is good enough, I think.
2. The only exception to 1 is if I come up with a cool chart or infographic or some kind of related image. In that case, a picture is worth 1,000 words (literally!)
3. I have to publish a copy of my manifesto on the Web by January 1, 2011. It probably won’t be the original because I’ll want to take some of the crazy out of it… I mean tidy it up a bit…
4. You don’t have to be perfect (at all) on the first try! The goal here is to have a document (good or bad) at the end of November, just like the way that NaNoWriMo works. Once you finish the first draft you sit back, read it and revise it until you feel ready to share it with the world. Over 80% of your first draft could be absolute crap. And that’s perfectly fine!!!!!!! The goal is to get your ideas out of your head, not to create something beautiful and perfect on the first try.
I reserve the right to revise these rules as needed – this is something new for me and it’s hard to say how it will go.
We’ll link out to every GloManWriMo manifesto that’s published in the new year and you can provide the descriptive text for it.
If you’re taking part in GloManWriMo, please leave a comment below! And good luck!
P.S. There WILL be badges for the inaugural participants of GloManWriMo!
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