Sunday, September 21, 2008

Free Writer to Go

My parents raised me to be so independent that I rarely ask for help for anything even when College Algebra nearly killed me. I mostly get by on my own steam which explains why I’m still lost in the middle of the Pacific Ocean on an antique steam boat. My independent streak is the reason why I’ve never gotten used to people asking me for help especially when they define help as, “do everything for me for free.” Since I got married though, I found out that I also married a set of protocols including the requirement to put arms, legs and soul at the disposal of kin and connections.

Because I have only one obvious skill (my other skills are hidden behind a veneer of sarcasm), there is only one kind of help people ask from me. They ask me to write. I’ve written reports, assignments, love letters, resignation letters and fake excuses all in the name of kinship. People apparently think that, just because I know my letters better than my numbers, I can sit in front of a keyboard blindfolded and write a thousand page philosophical exposition on mice and men.

As every writer would know though, writing is never easy. Since I’ve had to write so much lately, every extra piece I have to do is as appealing as a pail of vomit. Every time I write it feels like a brain cell just expanded and went “pop.” If I had to lose my brain cells with such certainty, I’d really rather get paid in cash or in ego credits.

Do you want to know how to write so you can spare that poor crippled bastard whose been doing your reports for you for free? I have one piece of advice: READ like a rabid reader and then you will learn how to write and then maybe you’ll understand too what it feels like to be asked to die slowly for free.

By the way, I’m not as unfriendly and as unaccommodating as I sound. I happily help people who can help themselves to some extent first.

9 comments:

  1. di ako writer na tulad mo ate but lam ko un hirap na sinasabi mo...

    siguro ganun lang talga, share your blessings ika nga but still, tama ka na dapat di lahat iasa sa yo..dahil di ka laging anjan for them...

    idol talga kita ate!the best ka!

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  2. uy bunso kumusta ka na. na miss talaga kita. still hoping na magbabalik ka someday sa iyong bahay dito sa virtual world

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  3. hahaha. natawa naman ako dun.

    bilib lang talaga sila sa kalidad ng gawa mo kaya siguro kinukulit ka na magsulat para sa kanila. kung pwede mo nga lang ba hikayatin na magbasa ng magbasa at magsulat ng magsulat why not di ba. pero, kung sakali sino pa magbabasa sa akda ni kanino. hehehe.

    anyway, ang punto ko lang din may mga taong pinanganak na talaga na magsulat. at halata naman na isa ka sa kanila.

    pagpatuloy! :D

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  4. Hey...buti na lang may closing remarks yang post mo..kc for a couple of seconds naisip ko nakakatakot ka namang kamag-anak or askan ng favor to write something...

    but anyway..korek ka naman jan. E ako pagka may project ung pamangkin ko o ung kapatid na kelangang mag-drawing ako ung pinagagawa but unlike you...minsan nagpapabayad ako or nagpapasuhol...hihihihihihi...

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  5. hahaha. webie naman. mahilig naman talaga ako tumulong ano. pero talaga naman nakakabagot minsan tumulong kung wala man lang effort yung tinutulungan mo. at least lang naman magsulat ng ilang sentences tapos saka na ko tutulong sa grammar and organization. pero siguro talaga rin namang mahirap para sa iba magsulat kahit ilang sentences lang. kung nahihirapan ako sila rin siguro :)

    salamat caca. isipin ko nalang yung sinulat ni bunso na share your blessings. haha. feels better.

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  6. “Read, read, read. Read everything - trash, classics, good and bad, and see how they do it. Just like a carpenter who works as an apprentice and studies the master. Read! You'll absorb it. Then write.” ~William Faulkner~

    Yeah, people should at least try instead of taking advantage of someone else's talent. But then you're just too brilliant a writer and people know it. Even a wide-reader would take a loooong way to get to where you and your writings skills are, Miss. =)

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  7. thanks little tikla. that's quite a compliment from a really wide reader.

    faulkner really got it right on the dot. that's exactly how i learned to write. well, i only started reading "rabidly" 17 years ago so it's not too late for some people. hehe

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  8. Patulong naman.hahhaha. Medyo mataray ang post na toh mare.hehehe
    Babalik na ako pero isip muna ako kung anong itsura ang gusto ko sa page ko.

    Ganun pa din tamang kwento lang ulit ng buhay-buhay ko. Pero this time hindi na sa Pinas kundi dun kay misis. Excited na nga ako sa panibagong adventure ng buhay ko.hehehe.


    Pahabol: galing mo kasing magsulat kaya ikaw ang takbuhan. Pagpalain ka at ang buo mong sambahayan!!

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  9. yehey! kauste pare malapit ka na rin magbalik! na miss na kita talaga. congrats nga pala ha. at long last magkakasama na kayo ng pamilya mo. sana umpisa na ito ng isang mahaba at masayang adventure. (may bundok ba diyan na pwede akyatin?)

    sensya na medyo mataray ang post ko. maski kasi may skill ako sa pagsusulat nag nonose bleed pa rin ako at migraine. kung ikaw ang hihingi ng tulong talagang tutulungan kita dahil sure ako na nag try ka na ng best mo bago ka humingi ng tulong. :)

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