Thursday, October 25, 2007

Thirteen Things About Writing...

I've posted a few drawings recently, so here's a little something about the writing part...

Writing is like growing a friendship. In building your deep friendship with Writing, here's what to expect:

1) If you want to be good friends with Writing, you have to spend time with her. Mag-hang out kayo on a regular basis. Kayong dalawa lang. Mag-usap kayo.

2) You'll discover that Writing has her moods. Madalas na totopakin siya't hindi ka niya papakinggan. Gusto mo mang magsulat, but Writing will tell you she has a headache. Be patient with her.

3) Sometimes she'll try to get your attention. Tatawagin ka at 3:00 a.m. at gusto niyang magtelebabad. Worse, she might compete for your time, and your friends won't understand why you'd want to hang out with her.

4) Hindi sasabihin ni Writing ang lahat ng kanyang sikreto. It's your job to find out her secrets from other sources--books, other writers, websites, etc. She'll say, "Find out first, then we'll talk."

5) Writing wants to be entertained because she gets bored easily. She doesn't want to hear the same old thing. Kung magdyo-joke ka, ibahin mo ang atake para maengganyo siya sa 'yo.

6) Writing wants to know what you think and how you think, apart from what you know.

7) Habang chumichika ka kay Writing, she might suddenly say, "Hey, that reminds me of another great story. It's about blah blah blah..." Resist the temptation to be dragged away by "fresh new story." You can take notes and engage her for a short while so as not to offend her, but slowly get her back into your story. It's really a habit of hers, so she'll understand.

8) She'll sometimes say. "Will you get out of my face for a while?! Wala ka bang ibang kaibigan?!" Get new experiences and new insights. Read. Watch a movie. Talk to other people and listen to them. Take time to find new things, para may bago kang ikukuwento kay Writing.

9) If you don't want to talk to Writing, she won't care. There are thousands of others who want her attention.

10) Writing can be picky. Just when you thought na mahilig siya sa cheesy fries, iba na ang hihingiin niya sa 'yo. Minsan, okey lang sa kanya na dagdagan mo ng bacon ang cheesy fries niya, pero minsan naman ay hahanapan ka ng Chicago pizza sa Sbarro's. O 'di kaya'y hilaw na mangga na galing sa Babuyan Islands.

11) Writing is meticulous. "Hello! Bakit hindi capitalized ang sentences mo? Mag-aral ka nga ng subject-verb agreement! At gumagamit ka ng textspeak, yuck! Eto ang thesaurus, lamunin mo!"

12) Writing can be harsh, too. "Alam mo, hindi ka magaling! Napaka-ambitious mo! Gusto mong maging manunulat pero ang tamad-tamad mo! Duwag ka! Kung 'di mo uulitin itong isinulat mo, buburahin kita sa Friendster ko!"

13) In the end, being friends with Writing can be very rewarding. Yes, she can be very difficult, but she will cooperate with you, even give you a pleasant surprise, when you invest time in building your friendship with her. She may not guarantee you an award or a publishing deal, but you'll realize that when you get to know more about her,you get to know more about yourself. And the further you'll grow.

29 comments:

nida said...

galeng.

sabi ko nga eh, hehehe...

Fire said...

this is so true.

Carver said...

nida... ang alen? :-)

fire...hello!

decorator said...

carl,
babae pala sya. ngayon ko lang nalaman. kaya siguro di talaga kami talo.

me! said...

Okray nman yan writing... nkaka-imbyerna....

Jonas Diego said...

Ang galing! :D

Ed said...

Yun! Finally meron na akong idea kung pa'no magsulat ng kuwento. :D

-ed

Carver said...

decorator... puede naman maging friends. :-)

me!... Mahirap siyang pakisamahan. Pati ako nalolowka.

jonas.. heheheh. Glad you liked it.

ed... akala ko nakasulat ka na ng kuwento.

Boone said...

galing!
dami ko natutuhan sa entry na to!
cheers!

Anonymous said...

ang galing..panalo..pero sana boylet si writing para mas masaya:))

Anonymous said...

oo nga.. napaka arte minsan ni writing.. at na experience ko na nga yung patulog ka na tas bgla ka nyang kakausapin ng about sa kung ano2.. masaya pero para ngang weather2 si writing... brutal pero sweet!

ghela said...

yun oh!
panalo! bakit ngayon ko lang nabasa 'to??
hehehe..
"Im so inspired, love it!!!"

Anonymous said...

hi..
Alam mo, Im so inspired with your article, very true! hehe
I also right short stories,journals..etc..but Im affraid to approach publishers.ask ko lang po, paano ba nila pagkakatiwalaan ng mga publishers yung kagaya kong baguhan pa lang?? pero journalist po ako sa school paper namin!! hehe..(^-^)thanks!
It's me..ghela.

WARVITT said...

kakatapos ko lang ng book ko, problem ko lang ay ang proposal sa vpe, any recommendations?

Carver said...

boone... glad you liked it.

anonymous1...puede ring boylet...puedeng aso... puedeng langaw... :)

anonymous2...yah, 'yun 'yung pinakaayoko sa kanya...nangiistorbo ng pagtulog!

ghela... wala naman sa pagiging baguhan 'yun eh. Basta solid, professional and inspired ang material mo, may chance. All the best!

warvitt... nasa visprint blog ang mga guidelines nila. :)

http://visprintpub.blogspot.com/search/label/FAQ

at ang email nila ay book_inquiry@visprint.net

WARVITT said...

Nabasa ko nga po yung guidelines kaso pagdating po sa last part yung about sa sales pitch, target market and market ability. "Huh?" yun lang naisip ko... hirap talaga kapag beginner. Baka nga po hindi tanggapin proposal ko kasi mga background ko po ay self publication lang nung college. First time ko po lumapit sa publishing house. Ok na po lahat, yung sales pitch na lang po. Hindi ko po masyado alam yun, hope you can help me bout that. Maraming salamat.

Anino said...

Totoo!

bitchyangel said...

awwwhhh..
gnun pla un...

galing nman n2....

Ton Yeng said...

ei kalbo, salamat.
At sana nga maging masaya ang relasyon namin ni Writing.

=)

phoebe said...

hey thanks for the nice and very invaluable entry...i one of those people who write in secret and dream about publishing something one of this days...i got your book wish i can have it autographed sometime...i hope you'll get to release a new graphic novel real soon!!!

jose paolo said...

wow. i'm glad na naligaw ako rito! nagtatampo yata sa akin si Writing lately. Now, alam ko na ang gagawin ko sa kanya.

Thanks!

Jenn Besonia said...

"11) Writing is meticulous. 'Hello! Bakit hindi capitalized ang sentences mo? Mag-aral ka nga ng subject-verb agreement! At gumagamit ka ng textspeak, yuck! Eto ang thesaurus, lamunin mo!'"

Hahaha! Ang astig mambara ni Writing.

Ganyan din yung napansin sa kin dati nung may tumingin sa online profile ko nung nagsisimula pa lang ako sa pagiging "online writer" (kahit feeling ko lang yun). Nakakaligtaan kong i-capitalized yung ibang dapat talaga e naka-capitalized.

Pero ngayon, hindi na. Di na ko sasabihan ni Writing ng "Eto ang thesaurus, lamunin mo!"

Thanks for these tips. Thumbs up!

fpj jr said...

totoo yung tungkol kay writing na tutuksuhin ka sa iba pang topic hangang dalhin ka na sa kawalan...

una ang usapan namin tungkol sa future... tapos makalipas ang ilang segundo porn na ang topic ...

thanks for the realization...

Eych said...

Gusto ko lang po sanang itanong kung alam niyo po kung kamusta na si Bob Ong? wala lang, hindi naman po kasi siya nagrereply sa mga emails na sinesend ko sa bobongpinoy@gmail.com.

At siya nga po pala, 'pag nakaipon na po ako ng lakas ng loob, gusto ko din mging isa sa mga writers ng VPE. Mag-aapply ako pag pakiramdam ko sapat na yung kakayahan kong magsulat.

Ito nga po pala yung website namin, visit niyo po pag may time kayo:

www.pedxing.co.cc

Ako po si Eych.

Salamat po.=)

Anonymous said...

ang psycho mo..

Anonymous said...

Salamat po sa entry na to, naliwanagan ako, ansungit niya sa kin ngayon e di ko kasi pinapansin.
ang cool ^_^

Anonymous said...

salamat sa mga payo mo,alam mo mahigit 3 years na akong nag iisip sa atake ko sa kanya,pero wa epek,muntik ko na siyang patayin dahil parang ayaw niya sa akin.

na realize ko,di dapat siya sinisindak dahil ang totoo,ako minsan ang nasisindak sa kanya.

cyrene said...

ganyan po pala yun... lalayuan ko muna yung mga distractions heheh thanks for enlighten us! ^_^

Lord Fairytale said...

totoo po iyan...Minsan nag-oobernayt na nga ako dahil sa kanya....

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