WRITING 101: Questions and Answers

Writers are interpreters of their minds own language. – rosemawrites

Blogging University’s WRITING 101 is now on its Day 3! I am overwhelmed by those new bloggers that I met/read for the past two days. This is indeed fun!

Day 3: One-word inspiration

Prompts come in many different forms. Sometimes, a single word is all you need to get your mind’s wheels turning. Here are six words:

TREASURE

REGRET

HOME

LOVE

UNCERTAINTY

SECRET

Here’s my take on today’s task:

On Treasure: How much is your worth?

No one is worthless. No one has no treasures. Because life itself is priceless. No matter how rich you are, you cannot bring back life once your dead.

You may not have the material treasures of the world. I may not have billions of pesos and assets and golds. But that doesn’t mean I am living a treasure-less life. 

On Regret: When will you try?

After a lot of rejections, I have learned that life is really about taking risks. I have learned not to be afraid of failure because not trying means compiling a lot of life’s regrets. 

I have been rejected, yes. I graduated with honours but a lot of Editors said no to me. I have been jobless for the first seven months after my college graduation.

I was hurt but when I look back, I can say that I will never regret those failures, because at least I tried. 

On Home: Where do you belong?

I have a big family, I have six siblings and I am the eldest. We have an imperfect yet so happy home. We are not rich but it is pure bliss to have a family that you can always call your home. 

On the other hand, I have a friend that made is not as blessed with a good family relationship as me. But she was able to show me that family is not the only type of ‘home’ that you can belong to.

Home is where your heart is. It should be where you feel comfort and utmost happiness. It can be your friends, your co-workers or even yourself.

On Love: Who holds your heart?

Love is such an overrated word. A lot of people have said a looot about this four-letter word. So what would I say?

I have been romantically in love with my boyfriend for more than five years now. But aside from its cheesy and overly sweet meaning, I have learned that love requires hard work. It is a choice that you made everyday.

As Nicholas Sparks said,

On Uncertainty: Where to go?

It is normal to fear that ‘unknown’ because it is comforting to know that you’re in control. Life is not like that, though.

I have learned that it is important to plan but it is equally imperative to brace yourself for surprises. Because sometimes, it is the uncertain events that make us the best versions of ourselves.

Sometimes, I have experienced that myself, life’s sudden twists and turns will brought us to our dream. We may be confused at first, but God’s plan will eventually be clear.

So let go and be brave.

On Secret: What are you hiding?

I am not good in secrets, both in making and keeping them. Maybe that is because I don’t think I should have one.

This doesn’t mean that I hold grudge against people who have a lot of secrets. It’s just that I am a believer of transparency and honesty.

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I am done! 🙂

I can’t wait to hear your thoughts!

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BLOGGING 101: Who and why?

“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.” – Maya Angelou, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

I have tried Blogging University’s BLOGGING 101 last year but I sadly was not able to finish it! 😦 (Yep. Sorry.)

Now, I am starting from zero again! (But I am equally excited to do this!)

Here’s today’s task: Day One: Introduce Yourself to the World

WHO AM I?

  • I am a 23-year old Journalism graduate from the Philippines. I aspire to be a news writer of a prestigious national daily newspaper someday.
  • I was a Content Writer in an e-commerce website and a writer in a local newspaper in my province when I started this blog. Now, I am a PR Writer in a Public Relations firm here in my country. I am now, indeed, a WRITER. 🙂
  • I am the epitome of this blog. I am A Reading Writer. I read and write a lot.
  • I am a lover of books. That is why majority of my posts are about them.

WHY I AM HERE?

  • Because for me, “Writing is like breathing with words.”
  • Because I have ended my Agony against criticisms. I have braved to go online and posts my thoughts because I believe that that is what I am, a writer whose open to both praises and rejections.
  • Because I have a story to share. 🙂

I am looking forward to know more of those awesome book bloggers and great writer of thoughts!

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Daily Prompt: Ending Agony

Agony and Ecstasy by Paul Lovering Photo from fineartamerica.com
Agony and Ecstasy by Paul Lovering
Photo from fineartamerica.com

As a journalism graduate, I was used to my professors critiquing my work. But I was still shocked with the way my trainer criticized my writing skills during my on-the-job training.

Years after that two-month internship, the harsh and heartbreaking comments that he has given me is still vivid in my memory. As an experienced writer of a national broadsheet in our country, he has all the right to say that my work is crap. But still, I was hurt during those times.

Despite all my heartaches, I can say that he is the reason why I become a better writer. He has taught me even the simplest grammar rules. He has showed me how to be keen in every detail and every word that I will use in my article.

I cannot say that I am as good as him in terms of writing, but I can say that after that stint, I become a better writer. Without him, maybe I am still a ‘pretending writer’ until now. I have learned through him that writing is a process that you cannot do alone. No matter how experienced you think you are, you can never be a perfect scribbler.

His harsh comments definitely made me a better writer. Because of him, though my realization was way too late, I have come to accept and embrace any criticism.

So for the Blogging 101’s topic for today, my answer is I prefer brutally honest comments over ‘soft pinches’.

In my first post, Agony, I have mentioned that I have been so afraid to be critiqued. Because of this, I have not engaged in any kind of blogging. It took me six years before I come out of my fortress and be ready to face any kind of comment that this blogosphere has for me.

When I started this blog, I readied myself against Grammar Nazis and critiques. On the other hand, I have not received any harsh comments yet but I want to say that honest, constructive comments are more than welcome.

With more than a month as a blogger, I have learned that all my fears are just non-sense. I have been nominated by equally awesome bloggers in Liebster and One Lovely Blog awards. I have known writers and readers that I can share my views and opinions. And I have come to learn and to know more about myself. These are enough proofs that writing has greater perks than cons.

“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.” – Maya Angelou, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

Surely, ending my agony is a risk worth taking.