Lunes, Disyembre 26 2011
Reflection from a Self Proclaimed Writer
Earlier this day, Sir Henning provided me with materials as a part of my training. It is a 108 pages article about GUIDE TO BETTER WRITING; it contained more or less 15 subtopics about aforementioned guidelines.
So I stopped, when the first question was raised to me?
Do you consider yourself a writer?
I developed my writing skills ever since the world begun. Hell no! I was in the fifth grade when our English teacher made us write short stories, novels, songs, poems, and other compostion writings. I can’t understand why year after year we were told to make essays on “My unforgettable experience” or “My New Year’s Resolution” or “My Most Embarassing Moment”. To my mind, Does it change every year? I can’t think of me as a writer during that time because I do writing for the simple reason of passing that subject. Little did I know, those tiny English projects cultured my passion for writing. When I was in first year high school, I bought a diary which until now has unfilled pages. Maybe because during my not-so-teen years, I found “Dear Diary” a corny stuff to do. Instead, I bought formal journal that comes with time, date, meeting, and address books which is for me, a more mature stuff to do.
I did not even recognize that those projects, diary entries and journals marked the commencement of my career as a writer.
Now, after reading the guide, it taught me that being a writer is no less than a profession comparable to being a lawyer. Great writers like Shakespeare, James Patterson, Paulo Coelho, etc… They did not become writers without taking too much effort in practicing their crafts. If lawyers are struggling to survive the tough battle in law school, and the even toughest battle of the BAR EXAMS, writers also shed blood, sweat, and tears in making their names, writing their books and making money out of it. The only difference I guess is the prefix and suffix added to their names. i.e Atty. Sittie Yasmin Aguam is more pleasnt than Writer Sittie Yasmin Aguam. But eitherway, I both belong (InshaAllah).
So… where am I heading? Yeah right! To share to you my readers (or reader) some keypoints that I find relevant to writer-wanna-be like me:
First, write on what inspires you! It is from there where your ideas will spontaneously flow. You need not squeeze your head to dig words. I’ll tell you, you will end up achieving nothing but a pile of drafts on your desk. Knowing yourself and your interest will showcase your ability. And hey! You might wake up one day with your name on the list of NY’s best-selling authors… Cheers to that!
Second, would be more of inherent values! Hard work, commitment, passion, discipline, and timing! I call this inherent values because this is developed by you and only you. There is no school that will teach you all of this, you will learn this by constantly reminding yourself that you’ll do it. Hard work is hard work, working really hard. Commitment means finishing what you have started, not making it another junk on your paper bin. Passion is your inner love of the art of writing or blogging. Discipline would mean controlling yourself to the millions of tempting activities when you write, facebook, twitter, chats, and other possible distractions. And timing!!! Timing is a form of blessing, this will eventually come,but you must seek for your timing and when that right time comes, grab it and don’t let it pass.
Third, according to the guideline, many writers will not write because they lack inspiration to write. This is not a good habit. Inspiration is not a compelling force, determination is. Although, I, myself could write effectively when inspired and equally, I can also write heartbreaking articles when not inspired! Well, too much of me! But, accordingly, when you are not so inspired, write a letter, until the letter become a word, word becomes a sentence, a paragraph and until you get to write a write up. You needto be consistent because that will develop your skills and you will learn to adapt into writing new things and from there inspiration will come from whatever source. So better yet challenge yourself to write during those “downfall”.
Fourth, be truthful to your readers. Do not fake, do not deceive them! Show them who you are with your writing, not perfect but something they will learn from. Write from the heart and proofread with your mind, the mind must only function to correct errors, spelling, grammar, etc. but not the mind dictating the content. Otherwise, you will be another textbook, factual! Although its not at all wrong. Your work must be full of heart and pride and passion.
Fifth, don’t be shy claiming you are a writer (even if you have a no reader blog like mine!). Just shout to the the world and scream on top of your lungs the words ” I AM A WRITER!”..
There are many more guidelines to learn. I just posted the most general ones because Im a bit tired right now. If I share to you all the things I learned earlier, I’m afraid you will become better than me. lol!
I will end today’s blog by this good values a writer must always remember:
“We have to look at our own inertia, insecurities, self hate, fear that, in truth, we have nothing valuable to say. When your writing blooms out of the back of this garbage compost, it is very stable. You are not running from anything. You can have a sense of artistic security. If you are not afraid of the voices inside you, you will not fear the critics outside of you”.