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Wanted: one creative manifesto.

Time again for another aeZine challenge from the incomparable Ali Edwards. This week the challenge was to create a manifesto for ourselves:

What is a manifesto? According to my handy dandy computer dictionary a manifesto is "a public declaration of policy and aims, esp. one issued before an election by a political party or candidate." Essentially, it is a cool, fancy name for a mission statement - a way to describe your overall creative purpose.

The challenge this week is to come up with you very own personal creative manifesto. Maybe it is one word. Maybe it will be paragraphs. Whatever it is or becomes, take some time this week to begin generating one for just for you. Create a layout, begin a minibook, or maybe just start writing out your thoughts...

Naturally Ali's (which you can read here) is simply the epitome of awesome. And mine... well, I have a list. A list of what, I'm not entirely sure, but a few months ago I started writing down things that popped into my head, little things that I need to try to focus on when I get stuck in a creative rut or when I'm just letting the pressure (real or imagined) get to me too much. At one point I had ideas for a canvas with these phrases (and any others that come along), and that may still happen (or not), but anyway, here's my list:

  • Live life. Create art. (Thanks to Ali for this one!)
  • Never stop dreaming.
  • Learn to let go.
  • Free your mind on the open road.
  • Listen to your heart.
  • Believe in yourself.

Is this a manifesto, a mission statement? I don't know. I don't know that it really describes my "overall creative purpose" as such. But there it is. It inspires me. It calms me. For me, for now, it is enough. And that, I guess, is really all that matters.

1 comment:

  1. It is very powerful & made me fel restful reading it so I think you have certainly chosen well.


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