A lot of my friends don’t know I was a novelist once upon a lifetime. And if you’re somebody I personally know, that probably came as a shock. Hey, I don’t blame you. But don’t get mad, not that I don’t trust you with this alter ego of mine or anything.
I just DIDN’T want you to know, period.
You see, back then, somebody who knew told somebody at work, and the next thing I knew I was being hounded for details I wasn’t ready to reveal. Perhaps I just was the type of writer who fell in some absurd sort of category – the not-ready-to-be-famous bucket, if ever there was one.
Patience, patience, patience
I had had the privilege to get published as a Tagalog romance writer with several different publishing companies in a span of, give or take, five years. 43 titles, all in all. But believe me, I have written way more than 40+ titles in that period of time. In the writing world, that’s just the way it goes.
I personally have yet to meet a writer who had never experienced at least one reject in his/her entire writing stint.
The last time I had a story published was before the wrath of Ondoy wreaked havoc all over metropolitan Manila and destroyed my memorabilia of published work. I had been wanting to write again ever since, but somehow, things here and there had taken much of my time that I had little or no time at all for anything else.
One title normally would take me at least four days up to probably eight months – probably more, sometimes I lose count – depending on whether the muse was perched on my shoulder blessing me with such fluidity that my story idea flows with ease until, voila, I have the “The End” in place and smiling all the way to the roof.
One thing about novel writing, you have to patiently plow your way through until the very “The End.” Otherwise, your story is going nowhere.
Once a writer, always a writer
And now, I discovered the wonders of blogging. Thanks to my blogger friends, JM who patiently taught me the basics, and Marvs for his support as well. I don’t need one heck of a story line with twists and turns to keep the reader hooked from cover to cover, but still satisfy my penchant for writing and share my thoughts to whoever would find time to read.
Isn’t that amazing?
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