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Picking a fight, taking a stand

My computer is in the basement. The basement that I cleaned twice last year. The basement that was empty because I moved everything that was stored in the basement to the garage. At the end of  summer I wanted to park the cars in the garage so  I moved all the boxes back into the basement. I have to walk past the boxes to get to my computer.

I hesitate as I walk past the boxes, the fabric scraps on the floor, and the dog hair that needs to be swept. I should really sweep the floor. I could  clean the basement today instead of write.  I would really like to avoid what I am working on at the computer.  I walk past the boxes, fabric scraps and dog hair and sit at my desk and stare out the window.

I am taking a writing class, Tribewriters, by Jeff Goins. The assignment I am working on today is to write a Manifesto. I am supposed to “create something powerful, something stirring deep within me. To pick a fight with an issue or cause.”  I have a rough draft started , but I am editing the words before they get typed. The inner critic is laughing again.

“Hey Hodges, who are you to write a Manifesto?  What makes you think you can declare anything.  Why do you think you can? Who do think you are?”  The voices are from my past. The voices of teachers who said, ” You are not a good writer. You are not a good artist.”

I want to go upstairs and rearrange the living room furniture. I want to move the boxes to the other side of the basement. I want to sweep the dog hair. I want to take a bath. I want to do anything to avoid writing.


I will write my Manifesto today.

I will not go upstairs and move the furniture. I will not move the boxes to the other side of the basement. I will not sweep dog hair. I will not take a bath.

And, ” Hey Inner Voice, be quiet!  I will write a Manifesto.  I will not listen to you.  I am sick of you discouraging me.  I will not believe your lies. I will do my best.

And that is enough.


I  would like my friends to read my Manifesto when it is finished, before I publish it.  If you would like to help me make it better,  please send me a note in the contact section of my blog, or give me your email address in the subscribe box and I will send you the first draft.

Disclaimer: The Tribewriter link is an affiliate link. It won’t cost you anymore, but it will help me buy kitty litter. 

About Pamela Hodges

My name is Pamela Hodges. I am a writer and an artist. I write to encourage and to bring laughter. I paint cats, draw cartoons and write books for children and grown ups.

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  • Brad Veitch
    • pamelahodges

      Hello Brad. I would love to send you the Manifesto to read. It is still in the rough draft form. I would also like read yours when you finish it.

  • I would love to read your manifesto! I like the way you write very much. You are a terrific writer and an inspiration.

  • Ooo… a manifesto! I recently ranted about how girls are treated – does that count? Seriously, though, I have to write such a ranty thing when something hits me. I think it would be very difficult to write one on demand.

  • This is the time of year when I feel most beaten, it would be so hard for me to take a stand and fight for anything! I look forward to reading your courage.

  • Can’t wait to read it. 😉

    • pamelahodges

      I cant’ wait to finish writing it. Woke up at 5:00 today to work on it. Thank you Jeff for being willing to read it.

  • I too will read it…….I have always loved everything you have ever done……you are the best!!!! 🙂

    • pamelahodges

      And you dear mother are my biggest fan 🙂

  • Kaydi

    I will read it, girl friend.

    • pamelahodges

      Thank you very much girlfriend. Drink a cup of coffee for me please.

  • Kudos to you for taking this on! I don’t know what I would write if I had to write a manifesto. However, I’ve signed up to be notified about this online writing course when it opens up again. I would love to read your manifesto, too.

    • pamelahodges

      Thank you Elisa. I am really enjoying the course. Very worthwhile. I am just stuck on the assignment. I have given myself a deadline. This weekend it is. I will send it off to you. Thank you for being willing to read it.

  • Hurray for manifestos (and for not not sweeping the floor or picking up the fabric scraps or doing anything but writing). I just saw that I have an email from you, and I hope it’s about reading your manifesto, which I would love to do!

    • pamelahodges

      Thank you Stacie. I am working on it this week. Hope to have it finished this weekend. I had to sew a Halloween costume first.

  • I’m glad you ignored the dog hair. And I think staring out the window may be part of the process to get to the good stuff. Can’t wait to read your mantra.

    • pamelahodges

      Thank you Ruth. I am diligently looking out the window and writing. I will finish it this weekend.

  • Me, too. I will read it.

    • pamelahodges

      Thank you Shelley. Still ignoring dog hair to write it.

  • I want to read it!

    • pamelahodges

      Thank you. Still working on it. Will send it to you, when it is done.