|Writing to remember (aka Longest LJ Entry Ever)
||[Jun. 14th, 2010|11:17 pm]
“We all know there is nothing more daunting than facing an empty page, the cursor blinking by a heartbeat. We venture [into writing] entirely alone, on our own. Writers workshops exist to lend each of us a sense of community, to make ourselves feel we’re not entirely alone in that singular voyage as we seek to find words to fill the blank page. When I [met] you 15 fellows, I forgot to say there’s a reason you’re called fellows, and that comes from the root of why we are here, a sense of fellowship…”
- Rowena Tiempo Torrevillas “Mom Weena,” Director-in-residence, our literary mother
When my first story was being workshopped during the first week, I was just blown away by the fact that that story had been once a germ of an idea, a thought bubble realized on paper, and it only began as a sentence, a sentence that had become a favorite because it sounded good in my head. For a year, it was just sitting in my hard drive, a sleeping baby. Took me a while to expand it into a four-thousand-word story. When the panelists were starting to tear it apart, I just had this smile on my face. That a child of my imagination, a product of my makebelieve, was suddenly out in the open, here, in the hands of the writers I’ve looked up to, amazed me. That this story “The Abduction,” together with two others “Stains” and “The Healer,” brought me to Dumaguete, was nothing short of marvelous.
I still can’t believe my luck.
No question, it is the best three weeks of my life. I’ve always known the rep of this workshop, how it exists to change your life. And it did, it did. What they didn’t warn us was the hangover. How it could last for weeks, for months. I still miss everything. I miss the Writers’ Village.
My memory being unreliable, it needs something to sustain it. I’ll try to write as much as I can and remember events, little details as I go along. Pictures are up on FB, yes, but I need this solid reminder, I need this lengthy account. ( What transpired from May 2 to 21 just pleads for proper documentation.Collapse )