It’s a Story, Morning Glory

April 30, 2010 at 8:15 PM | Posted in Writing | Leave a comment
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I’m currently writing a new short story. The idea of this story has been going around in my head for the past several days and I’ve been able to write down a few pages of it. I think the plot is interesting enough and I hope to finish it soon. Simultaneously, I’m also writing an essay and finishing a poem I started last week.

The funny thing about my writing mood is that I tend to get my creative juices flowing when I’m feeling down. I get to write short stories and poems better when I’m dealing with a personal problem. So yeah, like in that line from Bon Jovi’s song, “In These Arms,” the poet (me, that is) needs the pain to be able to write good poetry or story. At least that is what’s effective for me.

I have written another short story before but up to now I haven’t gotten around to finishing it. I was in the process of writing the sixth chapter of that story but somehow I’m just not up for it anymore. I kept revising the other chapters in the past couple of years until I came to a point where I didn’t want to finish it anymore. What I thought to be a great plot is now just not compelling enough. But I’m not going to throw it out. Who knows, I might change my mind on that one eventually.

The Tale of the Missing Manuscript

July 27, 2007 at 5:46 PM | Posted in Musings, Writing | 1 Comment
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Browsing through iGoogle today got me thinking of my unfinished autobiography. There’s a How-to article there about writing an autobiography and instantly I remembered that I once started writing my autobiography back when I was still in college. That time, I loved the idea of writing an autobiography of my own and chronicling the events that happened in my life. I thought then that it would be a way for me to tell my story. So that’s what I did. I tried recalling things and events that happened during my childhood and wrote them down on paper. I was able to write a few pages somehow but then I got busy with my thesis and I just didn’t have the time so it was eventually forgotten.

I’ve been meaning to continue writing it when I started working but because I now live in Manila and I left the manuscript back home in the province, I wasn’t able to. Then a series of unfortunate events happened: my family decided to renovate some portions of our provincial house and some of my and my sister’s stuff (including drafts of my writing) got misplaced or thrown out — not to mention I forgot where I’ve kept the manuscript in the first place! And so that was it. My manuscript was lost — gone forever. It’s such a shame because I liked what I wrote there. Now if (or when) I want to write my autobiography again, I have to start from scratch.

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