I have attended various writing-related workshops and training programs and my key takeaway is always the same: the secret to becoming a good writer is reading a lot, paying attention to the world, writing a lot, and reading some more. And by read, I don’t mean read books. In fact, reading books, whether fiction or non-fiction, is only the second goal.
If you want to become a good writer, read the how-to-use directions on the back of your shampoo bottle, read the slogans of the companies and brands advertised on billboards, and pay attention to the phrases written on flyers given to you by random people at the mall or on the streets.
You see, I think that’s the eternal struggle of the creative mind. I pay attention to the world too much to the point that I always find myself over thinking about everything and becoming highly sensitive when I notice that something is not right. I don’t know if that’s good or bad, but all I know is that having a brain with no switch can be a bit overwhelming sometimes. It’s tiring. It always gets the best of me. Sometimes, I just want to sleep and put my mind at ease, but random thoughts keep boggling my brain as if there’s no tomorrow. It sucks.
I started this blog last October 2016 to create an outlet for my random thoughts, take on current political issues that I don’t want to post on Facebook, and latest creative endeavors that I want to share with the world. Now, whenever an idea hits me, I will put my thoughts into writing immediately and I will feel a million times more at ease with myself.
I don’t know what led you here, but let me say thank you for dropping by my blog. This is not a collection of the creative outputs that a writer can be proud of, but it sure contains my innermost thoughts that I need to let out. Writing for this blog helps my mind relax, and that, alone, is enough for me.