Writer’s Manifesto

Monday, September 08, 2014 Stef dela Cruz 1 Comments

I shall love writing for the rest of my life. I shall never run out of words – at least, not those of the written sort.

I shall write to aid, inform, or correct. I shall never aim solely to hurt or offend. If my words carry a negative message, may they be for the purpose of inciting a positive change.

I shall write with an open mind, supporting my beliefs with facts, and basing these facts on evidence. If I have no proof, I shall tread carefully.

I shall keep my mind stimulated. Reading and observing are part of the job description – they will become my responsibility.

I shall keep honing my skill, learning not only from experience, but also from continued research.

I shall never rest on my laurels. Today’s good work is tomorrow’s old news.

I shall listen to my editor. After all, he does the dirty work and cleans up my mess for me.

I shall not accept bribes. Receiving payment for a job well done is a necessary part of my living, but getting paid to have my previous opinions overturned or scrapped is not acceptable.

I shall submit on or before my deadline. But if doing so is unrealistic and is going to lessen the worth of my work, I will opt not to meet the deadline. Instead, I shall submit as early as I possibly can without compromising my work’s quality.

I shall get paid according to how I see fit. If a compromise is necessary, I shall entertain it – but I shall always bear in mind my worth during negotiations.

I shall not fall prey to others’ perceived truths. They have a right to their own opinion, but so do I. However, I shall listen to what others have to say. As a writer, my mind shall be a sponge of ideas.

I shall never copy other people’s work. If I do, I shall do it with their permission and I shall always cite my sources. I shall remember that transparency will earn me my readers’ trust.

I shall try with earnest to fulfill the above promises. But if I fail, I shall make amends, seek a resolution, learn from my mistake, and move on.

Stef dela Cruz


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This manifesto was written on May 17, 2012.

Stef dela CruzAbout the blogger
Stef dela Cruz is a vegan doctor and writer. She received the 2013 Award for Health Media from the Department of Health. She is the editor of The Manila Bulletin's Animal Scene Magazine. Get in touch if you want to invite her as a speaker!

1 comment:

  1. I love this. It has inspired me to finish my article today. SO STRONG! Good luck, you're good!