June 18, 2016
Back when I was in grade school and in high school, I dreamed to be a novelist. My friends were my paper and pen. I often sat in the corner of the classroom and I preferred to be silent when the teacher was out. Some of my classmates said that I was boring but when they started to get to know me, they were surprised by how I could drag them to different emotions just by reading my stories. They found that my silence is my creativity.
I could still remember when my teacher asked the class to write our own short stories. Most of the time I wrote when every one in the house was asleep. I tried to write just a short story but when I was writing, there were many ideas of plots and scenes that came out naturally. There was the stream of consciousness that I could not resist. In the end, I was able to write a novelette instead of a short story.
My teacher said not to delete scenes from it because it was a masterpiece. He asked me to continue what could make it better. Then he ordered me to create a new story that should be a short story that I must submit as a requirement. In other words, the one that I first wrote was never submitted but I kept it and I wanted to improve it. I didn’t know the beauty of what I wrote until college.
My classmates in college asked me if I had written any story. I told them that I wrote something when I was in high school. They asked me to read it to them. I did and they listened carefully. After reading the novelette, I was flattered by how they could imagine the characters and the scenes the same as I was imagining. They even got affected by some of the lines. They admired the lead characters even just by hearing the story and they even talked about it.
As a writer, it was nice to hear that people appreciated our stories, how they could recall the scenes and the characters and how they could relate the lesson to life. But there was nothing to brag about. For many people it was a good read but unfortunately, the paper was destroyed by a typhoon. Now the story just remained in our memory. And it is one of the memories that I reminisce.
May 23, 2016
Have you already experienced that you need to write an essay or a poem in your school but you do not know how to start?
Have you experienced to be given a deadline to write a script or an article but no idea comes to your mind?
Have you already tried to write a story but you do not know how to continue or how to finish it with a bang?
If you do, you are not alone.
Sometimes writers cannot think of anything to write about or how to proceed with writing. Many circumstances cause this problem.
I have to be honest that it also happens to me especially when I am so tired and sleepy; when I am hungry, thirsty and feeling exhausted. It also happens when I am engaged in many other activities.
But I do not believe that there is nothing to write about. There is always something to write about. I just need to pamper myself first to let the inspiration come to me.
I need to be kind to my body so that it functions properly.
If I lack sleep and I feel that my mind is very exhausted, of course, I need to sleep first to allow my brain to relax.
Showering and taking a bath is very helpful, too, to relieve the stress and make me feel fresh.
Eating healthy diet and taking vitamins are good way to condition the body.
Moreover, I remember how another writer told me that a great foundation to write is to read and read and read.
A writer is a reader. It is helpful that we have read many other books, articles and literature that can serve as inspiration. It’s not because we copy their write-ups but it’s because we can learn a lot of things from them that improve us as a writer.
As of writing this blog article, I actually feel exhausted because of a week of sleepless nights, office works, meetings and stage performances. I feel that my body is tired and all I want to do is to sleep. But I cannot sleep because I am still on shift in the office so I need to keep myself awake.
I am surprised to be able to write this just to express how I feel right now. I thought I have a writer’s block but having been able to post this, I can say that my writer’s block can be useful, too, to write an article.
May 16, 2016