The Writer Tag: So apparently, it's Writing Week!

4:55:00 PM

I took the liberty to tag myself to this little survey for writers shared by Bea of The Dalaga Project. I saw it first on Everyday Isa, a blog I’ve learned to love for its author’s honest and humble musings. I decided to take it on because I felt that as a writer, these are very important questions to tackle and, well, I’m bored with everything else in my laundry.

1. What type of writing do you do?

I do features and copy for ads. I’m also experienced in digital newswriting and live (social media) reporting.

2. What genres and/or topics do you write about?

I write for brands – at the moment, my accounts are under the moms and teens categories. (I know.) I used to write about advertising – news, features, interviews – and now I write for advertising.

Outside official work, it’s mostly lifestyle: food, places, events. Profiles are my favorite.

3. How long have you been writing?

I started consciously writing for an audience in college. I looked for opportunities to further my skillset outside academic requirements, like reporting events for our church’s bimonthly publication. Right after college, I was hired by a local ad agency and since then I’ve jump from one industry to another (and back to the first), but I’ve never been anything else but a writer.

It wasn’t a childhood thing. I wanted to be many things, never a writer, when I was little. I probably wouldn’t even have considered it, if it weren’t for my high school teachers and classmates who recognized the potential.

4. Are you published?

Yes, I’ve a few news bits and features in past print issues of adobo Magazine, and a ton on their website. I’ve also had advertisements and press releases out in various media and titles since 2010.

5. What was the first story you ever wrote?

I might have tried (badass) princess tales and anime fan fiction when I was younger. I don’t think I ever came to finishing anything. I’m just not cut out for fiction.

6. Why do you write?

Because I have something to say – usually, too much. And I don’t think there’s anything else I can do better.

7. How do you find time to write?

I am treading a career path that requires it on a daily basis, and tolerates endeavors outside job orders. I find time, when I make time!

8. When and where are the best times to write?

I can work almost anywhere. If not in my office desk, I’d be in the pantry or in the corner den. I like the exclusivity of coffee shop couches as much as the cheapness of fast food joints. My room study is overflowing with books and knick-knacks. When I’m a bit more relaxed, I’d be on the bed or on the floor.

The best time to write is anytime the ideas are flowing. There’d be deadlines all throughout the day and one can’t be feely with time. I do love working at early hours of the morning (before sunrise), but only when I have to take home some work. The ideas are fresher than when having to slave over it all night.

9. Favorite food/drinks while writing?

Instant coffee and as of late, instant hot milk tea.

10. Your writing playlist?

I don’t have one. I’ll listen to anything as long as it’s not overly distracting or boring.

11. What do family/friends/loved ones think of you writing?

They probably don’t think much about it. I don’t know. Maybe a little beneficial when they need someone to look through their e-mails and little speeches and gift card greetings. ☺

12. Parts of writing you enjoy the most?

Finding the momentum and finishing. ☺

13. Parts of writing you find challenging?

Focusing. ☺

14. What do you use to write with and on?

A laptop – an old, white MacBook at work; an Asus Vivobook for personal use. I only take out my journals and notebooks (I have too many, actually) to scribble ideas and notes from meetings.

15. How do you overcome writers block?

If there’s no deadline (as with this blog), I’ll sleep on it. Maybe tomorrow it will come, maybe it won’t. If urgently needed and I’ve tried everything from mind mapping to 10+ pages of Google, I ask for help. I talk to people – not necessarily writers, but anyone who’d have an opinion about the subject.

16. How do you motivate yourself to write?

Since I work with a team of art and accounts and clients, I remind myself that there’s a long line of people waiting for me. That, and I’m scared of regressing. So when I catch myself being idle, I get back on the horse. ☺

17. Authors who inspire you as a writer?

I don’t read much about authors, so I don’t think there’s one that inspires me as a writer. But I do try to catch wisdom from everyone I meet, whether personally or through their work.

18. Books that inspire you as a writer?

Rilke’s Letters to a Young Poet. Yes.

19. Best advice you’ve gotten as a writer?

I don’t think this is applicable for all writers, but it’s helped me a lot as a journalist. Our former editors used to remind us that we should be confident enough to drop the formalities and call people by their first names when making new connections or in interviews. And never shy away from the buffet table. Confidence, confidence, confidence. ☺

20. Writing goals this year?

More like an ambition than a goal…get published on a national paper. That would be nice. Also, come up with cleaner and more engaging content for Awesome in Manila.

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