A Wordplayer’s Manifesto

To make the most of your life as a writer, you must understand the core principles and defining moments of being an author. You must boldly claim your goals, and you must remember, refine, and renew your commitments every day. To help you keep your sights set high, you need to declare yourself to yourself, as well as the rest of the world.

To that end, today I’d like to share “A Wordplayer’s Manifesto.”

Click on the image for a larger view. Right click to save. Feel free to save it to your desktop, print it out, share on your own website—whatever you need to do to declare yourself a writer of words!

Wordplayers, tell me your opinions! Do you have a writing manifesto? Tell me in the comments!

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K.M. Weiland is the award-winning and internationally-published author of the acclaimed writing guides Outlining Your Novel, Structuring Your Novel, and Creating Character Arcs. A native of western Nebraska, she writes historical and fantasy novels and mentors authors on her award-winning website Helping Writers Become Authors.


  1. Great resource! I’ve printed a copy for my own desk (may even try to find a nice frame for it “a 5×7?”) and I’m blogging a link to this page so my readers can download a copy at your site. Thanks for this inspirational resource!

  2. Thanks so much for sharing! A framed desk photo, huh? That makes me grin. 😉

  3. Hrvoje Bulat says

    K.M. – you rock!!! 🙂

    Great poster!

    I saved it, and I’ll print it to have it near me.

    Keep up being a God’s given child and author.

    Thank you for your inspiration!

  4. This is so great. You have articulated everything I need to tell myself in order to succeed, everything I feel when I am in tune with my writerly self. Thank-you!

  5. Dawna DeArman says

    Ms Weiland, I just discovered you today and I have purchased a set of books as well as downloaded one or two of your free books and plan to spend the evening learning from you. It has been a real struggle trying to find just the right book for me, because I have some stroke damage and writing my books has been a lesson I keep forgetting! lol I must relearn everything constantly and I am finding your efforts an amazing help.

    The way my brain doesn’t work anymore, I figure I will be spending a lot of time in your books and watching your podcast!

    Thank you so very much!

  6. I am new to this list. Thank you for the manifesto. I will share it with my writers group next month.

    Thank you also for the free downloads. I appreciate them.

  7. Thank you very much for the manifesto and all the freebies!

    I bought the Kindle version of creating Character Arcs today.



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