My interviewer here is my negative and critique side, while the interviewee is my optimistic writer side.
The bold one is the negative and critique(interviewer) and the italicized is the optimistic(interviewee).
Hi ememalberts, so you are a blogger and as you call yourself, an aspiring writer?
Yes, why? Do you have any problems with that?
None actually, but, no one knows you. You don’t even have a hundred votes in Wattpad and your story is crap.
Oh really? Go ask some OFWs on my facebook page, they know my works very well. And some of my friends who are able to read my work.
Okay. What makes you think you are an underrated writer in Wattpad?
Underrated? Hmmm, I believe that I have a talent. I believe I can touch hearts of people with my stories; it’s only that I am not known because I don’t want to be. I don’t want to run for the spotlight, I want it to be focused to me by itself.
Silly, you don’t want to be known?
I want to be known, but not the type of having thousands of votes just because I have a story which is light themed. I want my craft to be beautifully and carefully created, like how a real writer passes the phase of publishing a book. It’s bloody and difficult.
What do you know about publishing a book? You are not a published author.
I know it’s difficult because you have to follow a lot of rules. It really takes time to write a story almost free of grammar errors that will pass a publisher’s very high standards. I haven’t experienced them but I have read about them. I don’t know much about Wattpad stories being published as a book and I don’t like the idea that much.
Why then? Those stories are great and loved by people, unlike yours.
Nothing, it’s just that the trend is to make your story loved by millions of people, let a publisher discover and publish it, then boom! It’s always out of stock in the market. I feel sad for writers who got their work rejected by publishers. I’m in no position to sympathize with them but I feel sad for other writer. Maybe, because I can see myself as one. I have nothing against the stories discovered from Wattpad because it helps Philippine literature to be known more by Filipinos themselves. It’s just my opinion.
Yes, you are right. You are in no position because you are not a published author. Do you care with these published stories?
Yes, I care. I know those stories are good and they have magic. Kudos to the authors and I am sending my congratulations to them. What I hate is the “trend.”
What “trend” are you talking about?
If things are going this way, when all famous stories in Wattpad will become books, then what about the other writers?
Are we going to skip the traditional way of having a book published?
I know that Wattpad stories are also given time and effort by their respective authors but some writers (who don’t publish their stories in Wattpad first) have a more bloody and more difficult path than some Wattpad writers who started their stories by “trip lang”.
Isn’t it funny? Some “trip lang” stories get a lot of attention than those stories written with passion and dedication made by hidden and underrated writers?
I hope you have an open mind to get my opinion.
Let’s skip that part. What’s your problem, man?
I have told it in your last question. Many wannabe writers are misleading. They ignore grammar rules(although they are aware of them), they let their craft suffer mediocrity and they write for popularity. It’s not a writer’s way of life. You don’t write just to be famous, you write because you want to express yourself. You write because you like it, not just because you want to follow the footsteps of someone very well known in Wattpad. Some are just trying too hard.
Enlighten me with the trying too hard part.
It’s prevalent in Wattpad. Wake up, now.
Do you know that many Wattpad writers and readers will bash and hate you for what you are saying?
Yes, I do know that. But should I care? There’s only one point that I want them to understand, write because you want to write. Not because you want your story to be in the “What’s Hot” list.
Do you think someone will listen to you?
Yeah, some people who have brains.
Wow, I can’t believe you.
I can’t believe other people too.
You have something in mind eh?
Yeah, give me the spotlight and I’ll tell these things more. I want a greater literature. Hehe.
Greater Literature? Can you tell me more about it?
I want the kind of literature that we can proudly pass on the next generation. I want the kind of literature that will give them the idea of how we lived during these times. I don’t mean that it should be like Noli Me Tangere or El Fili.
I just want a literature that preserves our culture and makes us proud to be born Filipino. I want a literature that has a greater heart that will also inspire and strengthen people together with other emotions, not only those who will give you the “kilig” feeling.
I have read past works and even though they are old by age, I still admire their beauty. I don’t only admire them because they are made by talented writers but they tell about history, and realities of the past. Maybe, we can also write about today, in a more serious perspective. It’s very hard to explain this, hehe. My nose is already bleeding.
I hope I can write something like that, and also, my fellow aspiring writers out there.
Hindi kita maintindihan, pero sana maintindihan ka ng ibang tao.
Sana nga, I know they will understand me because Filipinos are naturally intelligent. They are so many talented writers out there. Kailangan lang nila ng matinding “push!”
Any last words? Bago natin tapusin ang kalokohang ito.
Eto, ang pagsusulat ay isang mahabang proseso. Kung isa ka’ng tao na gustong magsulat, take your time. Keep calm and write and write and write. It takes time to improve and become the best so don’t rush things. You know what you can do, so do your best now. Big things come after giving the best that you can(as Mr. . I tell you, the best reward for a writer is the appreciation of people. Recognition is a big bonus. Aim to write because you have something to say, not because you just want to be the talk of people.
Thanks for reading!
May 7, 2013. 9:51 pm.
My head feels weird. It’s like my brain is floating in the air and it feels like it is literally outside my skull(imagination, hehe).
I wrote for 8 hours(with short breaks) last night. Maybe that’s the reason why my headache is killing me softly, hehehe.
I love it that people are still reading my works, and google helped me! I can see my old articles still being opened, hehe. I hope more and more of my works will continue to inspire others, just like how Justine Laymond inspires me.
Btw, who’s Justine Laymond?
She’s a woman who received her double-lung transplant last July 2006. She was diagnosed with LAM disease and she’s been through a lot, A LOT. I have read her diary and it really inspired me. I just love her, even though I haven’t met her yet. But who knows, maybe one day I can travel to her place. Hehe.
Here is her website: http://justinedoublelungs.blogspot.com/
I recommend reading her diary! It is very inspiring and I do admire her. She fought a very difficult battle and won.
I’m so glad when I saw this, hehe. I can’t wait for her response to my dm’s and email. She’s @LamLungArtist in twitter.
Her diary is my basis for the events of one of my story. Which story is that? Then, find out! Hehe.
Whenever I hear about fellow Filipino authors who became discovered at Wattpad and became real book authors, I really feel anxious. I envy them. I can’t help it. Hehe, but I know I am talented like them. I just have to wait for my time. I just have to wait.
Right now, all I can do is write and write and write. I can say that it is really my passion. I learned that no matter how the writing phase may be, you still continue your stuff. It’s also difficult to master grammar rules, but I am constantly learning.
I feel good because I can write in both languages(my native language, Filipino and English). My only weakness are grammar errors, hehe.
So to other aspiring young writers out there, just continue your stuff. I remember Dr. Jose Wendell Capili saying “Write because you want to share something that may connect with other people,
If you keep on writing the best way you can, recognition will come later.”
These words continue to inspire me and I hope, it will inspire you too.
I erased the thoughts of becoming a sensational author in Wattpad. What I want now is to produce works that will touch the hearts of Filipinos around the globe. Of all my readers, OFWs are the ones that I love the most(sorry for being bias, hehe). If I will look at myself right now, I have gone far as a young writer.
I’m still one of the top authors of Definitely Filipino Blog, and I manage to write for another website which is adobochannel.com. I have submitted an entry to the Palanca Memorial Awards and some OFWs love me. Not only my fellow teenagers are my readers, I got readers of all ages! Isn’t that great?
People talk to me through my Facebook page and I feel very happy because they are Filipinos all over the globe. Whenever they comment and respond to my posts, I feel very very loved.
I love you po! Hehe.
I have to find out how to promote my Wattpad account here, since my stories are there. I don’t post stories in this website anymore, because I’m afraid that someone might steal them. Hehe.
I wish I won’t become boastful if ever I’ll be able to achieve more someday. Ayaw ko’ng lumaki ang ulo ko. Kung napapansin n’yo na po, please, remind me. Hehe. Thanks!
I think my insomnia is not visiting me tonight. I feel sleepy already. Hehe. Good night and may God bless us!
hugs and kisses,
May 1, 3;12 pm.
Yesterday, my friend and fellow blogger kuya Sherald went to the Palanca office to submit our entries for the Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature. It was an awesome adventure time!
Grabe, we faced so many problems before stepping on the Palanca office in Alabang. Thank God for guiding us, kasi we are still able to finish and pass our entries kahit super daming problema ang dumating. Ang dami naming pinagdaanan bago natapos ang entry namin, ang daming problema at maraming naging hadlang, pero go nang go parin kami!
Kaya ayun, we are very proud. I will post a different blog post about the things I learned in joining this very prestigious literary contest. Hindi ko iniisip na mananalo ako, kasi I know I am against so many great writers out there. I joined the Kabataan Essay and Essay categories. Sabi ng isa ko’ng friend, the fact na nakagawa ka ng isang magandang akda, panalo ka na. Eh nakadalawa kami ni kuya She, kaya back-to-back winners na kami! Hehe.
Right now, I’ll try to work on three long stories in my mind. I don’t know if they are going to be novels or what, but they are a part of the SCA universe. My Firsts With Him is the first novel in my SCA universe. hehe. I wrote Casanova Newbie next, they are quite connected but I am thinking of writing the second book for Casanova Newbie. I am also planning to write a second book for My Firsts with Him. I can smell a very busy May.
Thank God for all His blessings and this gift of writing. Ang sarap-sarap magsulat. Sa tingin ko, iyon ang isang bagay na hindi nagpapatigil sa mga manunulat, ang dedication nila. Kapag mahal mo kasi ang pagsusulat, may pumansin man o hindi ng akda mo, magsusulat at magsusulat ka parin.
hugs and kisses,
Happy birthday to my ate Apple known as April13 in Definitely Filipino Blog ^_^
here is the link to her awesome works: http://definitelyfilipino.com/blog/author/april13/
11:26 PM. April 13.
So here’s another episode of emem’s undefined night. I’m out of myself and going crazy because of my new story. I’m really afraid that I will be writing things wrong. I am really doubting myself and my work. I decided to explore a difficult plot in Casanova Newbie but I think I can’t handle this. My inner editor keeps on bugging me and tells me that I may have a lot of critiques but I shut her silent, just now. I’m asking someone in the Medical field to check my story, and I think I can go on in writing it. I’m asking God to give me strength as I continue to write. I want this story to strengthen people’s faith in God, so my characters should have faith in Him, so do I. I have to proof read it, and check and check it for nth times before putting it out
Hehe, I can’t believe I have sacrificed much sleep and free time for this story. I read a lot of things and I really dig into a deep research. I may have choose sleeping and leisurely reading novels than researching and writing but I loved it. I think, this is really called dedication.
I have to put the important events in my planner soon. I still have a social life, and I’m thankful for that. Hehe. I wish I won’t miss any event in my calendar.
May God bless you and may He bless me, as I continue writing.
hugs and kisses,
April 12, 12:03 AM
I’ve been writing non-stop from morning until tonight(unless I have to eat). Wew, I love the rush of ideas, thank God that it’s summer vacay!
I have to work on shortening some scenes and deleting unnecessary parts. I divided my story, Casanova Newbie to 35 parts but I want it to be in 30 parts only.
I’ve been reading a real person’s online diary, reading a lot of internet articles and watching and watching anything just to get inspiration for Casanova Newbie, I’m excited to finish it. But before posting, I have to proofread it first.
It’s late, and I still don’t feel sleepy. The sad thing about being a writer is you can’t predict when will your mind have its mood to write.
Another thing that’s bothering me is when a piece is long, it is usually well detailed but the problem with long pieces is that people tend to be bored at those.
They say a writer should write more with less, but how can you do it when words are your way to distinct details?
Maybe, I should find out how will I do that “writing more with less” thing. Hehe.
I will be back posting for Definitely Filipino Blog soon. <3
I actually managed to make an article tonight! I will be posting it here soon. ^_^
hugs and kisses,
April 8, 201, 3:39 PM
I will never forget about April 6. I am out for thirteen hours!
That morning, I went to Adodo Channel Writer’s Meet up.
It always feels good to be a part of something, and I know that Adobo Channel will get bigger someday. I met awesome people and I finally met our sir Bong
We talked about a lot of things and a lot of very good plans for the site. I’m pretty excited but I’m scared that I won’t be able to attend meetings when school comes. I always become very busy because of school, and I just can’t help it.
Here are my two published articles in Adobo Channel(just in case you want to read them):
By night, I went to Vina Casibang’s eighteenth birthday party! I had a good time with my College friends and we are eating and laughing all night. Thanks to my sister, Amy for waiting for me at Mall of Asia though it took time before I arrived. Thanks, kapatid! You are always the best. <3
Happy birthday to one of the greatest singers I’ve met, Vina! Today is her actual birthday! Stay sweet and lovely! I love you and I miss you
I went home late but it’s all worth it!
Well, back to my dramatic life, I am really struggling to write anything. I can’t even write an article for Definitely Filipino Blog or Adobo Channel. I don’t know what’s happening to me, is this writer’s block? I hope not.
I am really working on my story and I hope I am doing things accurately. I think my research is not enough and I have to ask more people about this “twist” on my story. I’m really sorry if I keep you waiting.
I wish Casanova Newbie(my ongoing story) will be an extraordinary story, well it will be if I will work on it. Hehe.
Ynnos Azaban(author of the piece Henerasyon Z) commented on my work, I am literally shouting and jumping for joy when I saw this.
There are times when I really feel small and unworthy(like this time). I never got the chance to get hundred votes in Wattpad and everything but I think, that should matter. After all, my writer’s journey is different from other writers. I am unique and extraordinary.
Not being famous in Wattpad doesn’t mean I’m not talented, right?
I still have to keep this belief in myself because if I don’t, I might stop writing. But I shouldn’t and I don’t want too.
It’s my passion ever since, no one and anything shall stop me.
One day, I will see by: ememalberts or by: Merillie Alberto in a book.
I wish I can inspire more aspiring youth writers, I wish I can make good articles soon. Hehe.
hugs and kisses,
Ano-ano ba ang mga hindi dapat at dapat gawin kapag magco-comfort ng isang kaibigan? Alamin!
Here’s the link