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JK Rowling’s 3Ds for Writers!


Leafing through Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, the 6th installment of the 7-series of JK Rowling’s novels, brought me to expound on the 3Ds for Apparating (Being Visible). These tips can be applied for aspiring and beginning writers.

Fix your mind firmly upon the desired destination.

Writers are creative people, which make them versatile individuals, too. In the writing world, those who want to pursue this path, they may encounter a lot of discouragement. This make them take a detour from what they’re passionate about. Amidst challenges, there are equivalent rewards if you want, really want to grasp with your hands the dream you so want to achieve.

Destination can be like a mission statement that should be no more than a single-sentence long, can easily be understood by a 12-year-old, and should be recited by memory at gunpoint according to Laurie Beth-Jones’ The Path.

It is your purpose of living. To simply put it, it’s the fuel that drives your imagination.

Focus your determination to occupy the visualized space!

If you want to be like JK Rowling [who is perhaps one of today’s richest women in the world for her bookselling fantasy series and was named by Forbes magazine to be the first person to become a billionaire by writing books with an estimated fortune of £576 million] or be the world-renown children’s fictionist, Hans Christian Andersen [whose works have been translated in several languages]—then be it!

It is important that you are convinced with the idea of making it. Let it be part of your system, like the air you breathe, the water you drink, and the food you consume each day.

Let me borrow the words of the instructor from the Ministry of Magic, Wilkie Twycross and emphasized on, “Let your yearning to enter it flood from your mind to every particle of your body.” Be firm with it.

Move with deliberation.

For starters, you may find yourself it’s not worth trying since you’ll only be getting “free lunch” or “freebies” in exchange of the writing services you’re giving. But don’t fret, once you have reached your peak as a writer [with no ifs and buts]—you can already make maneuvering or social tweaking (arrangements). A gained trust and an established name in the industry will also earn you points to seek for the right compensation. The more you practice, the more exposure you get, the more opportunities of getting yourself ahead of your league.

The key is don’t be disheartened by the bumpy road to success. In every move that you make, just put extra effort in being careful. Being a writer involves your soul, your heart, and your whole being—it is best that you discern well before really hitting the write life so it won’t break you along the way.

3Ds which the young magicians in Hogwarts can help achieve their ability to apparate is helpful to even Muggle-gifted writers. =) These are eternally handy whenever and wherever you need them. In the Elements of Style by William Strunk Jr. and EB White said, “Like the steadfast writer, she is at home in the wind and the rain; and, thanks to the one moment of felicity, she will live on and on and on.”

The Parable of the Dot


Did you ever remember a lesson about a dot?

For sure you’d ask me back, “What about it?”

What is it in a dot that I want to talk about?

To some, a dot maybe a speck in a big picture, in short, insignificant.

However, if you get a clean sheet of paper and draw a dot on it, most likely people would easily notice the dot alone.

The insignificant is then magnified.

A dot may represent a mistake, a blemish, an imperfection, and a disgrace. With a single dot, it brings about jeopardy. Its worst scenario is about failure.

But wait, in a writer’s life, a dot can come in the form of a struggle, a test, or a dilemma.

If you were the writer, how would you handle it? Would you allow a dot to paralyze your dreams of becoming a full-fledged writer? Would you make a mountain out of a dot?

Dot-dot-dot—is an ellipsis.

In compositions, it is considered a suspension point, points of ellipsis, periods of ellipsis, or colloquially called, dot-dot-dot. It is sometimes used to indicate a pause in speech, an unfinished thought or, at the end of a sentence, a trailing off into silence. Though, not technically correct, ellipses are often used in this manner for Internet chat, email, forum posts, and other informal written pieces. Ellipsis also refers to a rhetorical device in a story where the narrative skips over a scene, a form of anachrony where there is a chronological gap in the text.

A dot should be treated as a challenge and not as a threat.

A dot is something that should not stop any writer to give up. It should rather be an opportunity to be mindful about what needs to be improved.

As a writer, a dot can be a learning experience that defines your purpose.

I Still Write even if it is Inconvenient for Me


I know how it feels for writers who cannot write when their *muse* is not working. But over the years, I had to muster all the strength to churn out articles if I need to get going or else I would end up with nothing at all.

Just imagine how difficult it was for me to write, to ghostwrite every week for the former company I used to provide content with—their site’s content, the e-newsletter (particularly the editor’s note) and other related writing assignments. However, I did not stop writing. I still continued, no matter how inconvenient it was for me.

While I was listening to a friend, Andy Rosales, whom I was with since our renewal days—I knew in my heart that the path he is going through along with his family—is like a sojourn in the desert during the Israelites in the Biblical times. Others may say that advocacy he is pushing is one crazy act, but after seeing what I can contribute in helping re-build this nation through the local seat Andy is gunning for—I am committed to helping him win and bring back the real government through the local government.

Like what Margaret Mead said about the capacity of a handful of individuals who seek change, “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”

Today, I am led to write, as my part in making a difference for this 2010 May elections—I embrace the path that God is showing me. Along with like-minded individuals who push a Better QC as a start and eventually in the national scene, and not just dream of a nation with a government free from any corruption and other anomalies.

If before I wrote about success stories of individuals, of fellow Filipinos who made excellent achievements in businesses, in arts and cultures and more—today, I take it as a challenge to document the making-of-a-new-Philippines. I must admit that any change is not easy to take, but in my humble capacity I rally behind ‘Maging Tapat!’

J.K. Rowling’s moving speech during Harvard’s commencement exercises in 2008, she urged the graduate by saying, “If you choose to use your status and influence to raise your voice on behalf of those who have no voice; if you choose to identify not only with the powerful, but with the powerless; if you retain the ability to imagine yourself into the lives of those who do not have your advantages, then it will not only be your proud families who celebrate your existence, but thousands and millions of people whose reality you have helped change. We do not need magic to change the world; we carry all the power we need inside ourselves already: we have the power to imagine better.”

Again, the life God gave me is something not a bed of roses, but peppered with too many challenges. Despite that, I still would say—I will be a writer, forever.