I was tagged by my good friend Tina of Life’s a Beach
and boy, was I so glad she did! 🙂 My blogging backlog is too shameful I can’t even remember how many drafts I have. I have all these topics floating around inside my head like jellyfish waiting to sting if I don’t let them out. So this writer tag is really timely because it forces me to take a break from my usual writing projects and do some leisurely writing. YAY! 🙂 Let’s roll!
I’m a copywriter and most of my writing assignments involve content writing such as blogs and web articles. I basically do the same for other freelance writing jobs I take on. I also write book reviews in my book blog although I need to be more consistent in doing that. 🙂
Everything non-fiction so that covers anything that’s real and experiential. I like writing about things that people can relate to. I love writing about my family, faith, and personal interests. I also like the writing I do at work—the blogs and all that research-rich articles—mainly because I learn a lot from it, too!
3. How long have you been writing?
Oh, wow. I don’t know. Probably since 6th grade. I was into poetry, believe it or not, when I was in high school. Haha! I have all my poems compiled in a notebook. Looking back, I think my poems would’ve worked out well if I used them as lyrics. I think those were a bit Taylor Swift-ish. Haha!
In college, I did some creative writing in my Literature course. Right after graduation I started doing freelance writing jobs alongside my full-time job. Now, it has become my main job and I’m extremely happy about it. 🙂
4. Are you published?
The blogs I write for my company are published in our site. Although the most recent ones have been changed to the company name already for SEO purposes. In terms of print, my haiku was published in an anthology when I was in college.
5. What was the first story you ever wrote?
I wrote it during my freshman year in college and it was a fictional retelling of my own life story about having Lupus. I remember getting an A for that in my English class. 🙂 I also sent a copy of that story to my doctor who now lives in the US.
6. Why do you write?
I write because it’s the best way I can express myself. 🙂 The words I verbalize sometimes fall short of what I really want to say. Writing gives me the freedom to chronicle my thoughts and emotions without any form of censorship whatsoever. 🙂
7. How do you find time to write?
Wow, that’s a tough question. Since I got married and had a baby, I’m not able to do personal/leisure writing as much as I used to. Lately, the writing I’ve been doing has been all work related. If ever I do get to find some time, it’s usually in the morning while the boys are still asleep or in the afternoon when the boys are asleep again. Haha! 🙂
8. When and where are the best times to write?
I’m a morning person so I would have to go with that as the best time to write. Place is not an issue for me when it comes to writing. 🙂
9. Favorite food/drinks while writing?
Not really particular with what I eat or drink when I write. I’m more concerned with crumbs that will fall on my laptop’s keyboard. Haha!
10. Your writing playlist?
Don’t have any. 🙂 I can write in silence or with loud music or with the TV on. My husband will often tell me that I have the ability to completely tune out and focus on my writing. And yes, that includes people! Sometimes I don’t even hear him talking!
11. What do family/friends/loved ones think of you writing?
I’m so grateful that they love what I do. My parents didn’t need much convincing when I told them that I want to take up Literature. They knew I wanted to write and that course would help me become a better writer. 🙂 They’re so supportive!
I could say the same with my husband who really encourages me to write more. He praises and critiques my work. 🙂 Whenever he says that it’s good, I’m pretty sure what I wrote was badass good. 🙂
12. Parts of writing you enjoy the most?
I love staring at a blank page and the thrill of writing that first sentence. When I get that first line right, it’s easy for me to get rollin’. 🙂
13. Parts of writing you find challenging?
I guess this is more on a topical basis. By that I mean turning a dead boring topic into something interesting and exciting. I must admit, though, that accomplishing this is very fulfilling. 🙂
14. What do you write with and on?
I often use my laptop. I also write regularly on my journal and I use colored pens. It has to be multi-colored all the time. 🙂
15. How do you overcome writers block?
I step away from my laptop and do something else. It could be anything from reading to watching TV, eating, or playing with my baby. 🙂
16. How do you motivate yourself to write?
I just write. I think it’s pretty much the same with other disciplines. Artists paint or doodle even if they’re not inspired. Athletes practice even if they don’t have a game. I write because I need to write.
I also pray before I write especially when I’m running out of ideas. 🙂 I acknowledge that God is the giver of all wisdom. He’s the most creative being there is and He never runs out of brilliant ideas. 🙂
17. Authors who inspire you as a writer?
Top of mind would be Gabriel Garcia Marquez and Cristina Pantoja Hidalgo. I’m sure there’s more but their works have the most impact in my writing career. 🙂
18. Books that inspire you as a writer?
“One Hundred Years of Solitude” by Gabriel Garcia Marquez and “Recuerdo” by Cristina Pantoja Hidalgo. 🙂
19. Best advice you’ve gotten as a writer?
“Read more so you can write more.” This advice was given to me by my Literature professor. 🙂 I wanted to take up journalism but he said that technical writing is easy. Writing with substance is difficult. He said that building that substance is more important if I want to have a career in writing.
20. Writing goals this year?
To blog more and get that children’s book done for my baby. 🙂
Anyone who loves to write! 🙂