I Want to Become a Good Writer

I am not a good writer. From the very start, I knew that writing wasn’t my line. It wasn’t meant for me. I was not destined to become a good writer.

Part of the business of any writer is to examine attitude, to go beneath the surface and to tap various sources. One writes, I believe, out of one thing only – one’s own experience. Everything depends on how relentlessly one forces from this experience the last drop, bitter or sweet, it can possibly give.This is the only real concern of the writer: to recreate out of the disorder of life that order which is art.

Every writer, I suppose, feels that the world into which s/he was born is nothing less than a conspiracy against the cultivation of his/her talent – which attitude certainly has a great deal to support it. Writing, as I see it, is a profession that requires enough intrepidity and the vigor to work and deal with the disastrously explicit medium of language.

I insisted on taking Economics as my major in college because I knew, deep in my heart, that I won’t survive in my journalism classes. Journalism was a curse in my life. And it all began when I badly and unfortunately got an 82% in journalism when I was in high school. I believe that journalism won’t do any good or some sort of blissfulness for me.

Economics deals mostly with numbers. Journalism does not. Undeniably, it deals with words. One of the major reasons that I’ve greatly considered in shifting to Economics is this: I’m quite better in numbers than in words. There’s no denying of it. In fact, I got a flat one in Math 11, 1.75 in Math 14 and 1.5 in Math 100. It only happens sometimes, however, that I’m too damn lazy mingling with numbers.

Nearly six  years ago, I was a communication student with a major in journalism. I never knew why in the world I took that course. Nobody ever told me that I should be taking that course. My parents were not even aware. And I, myself, wasn’t also aware. I simply took the UP College Admission test and passed.

In solitary times, however, I  think and ask myself: What if I pursued Journalism? Probably, I’m a good writer now. A great one, that is! I can, perhaps, coalesce with words without any fear of rejection or sense of immaturity.

I idolize Conrado de Quiros because he’s a great writer. Everyone knows that he’s an expert in his chosen field – journalism. No one can refute that. I’m not emphasizing here, however, that in order to become an expert writer one has first to become a journalist. In fact, I know someone who never attended any journalism courses or writing workshops but, I honestly tell you, he’s too damn good in writng.

I want to become a good writer


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