101 Reasons to be a Writer

When I was a kid, I never wanted to be writer. I wanted to be an artist. I only happened to be a dork and loved books. Right up the year-end of 2016, I've been figuring out why I am doing this. I've brainstormed a hundred and one reasons, but I still haven't arrived at that one supreme and solid answer. Why write? What's your reason? Tell me.

  1. An idea is a million times more explosive than a painting.
  2. Writing is a minimalist job. All you need is one sleek laptop.
  3. You can work from anywhere.
  4. Your only limit is your imagination.
  5. You can specialize in topics and genres you like.
  6. You get to notice details that will never cross other people's minds.
  7. Being alive feels like living in HD.
  8. Your senses are sharpened over time.
  9. You get to pick on other people's grammar.
  10. You can freewheel inside your head for hours on end and never get bored.
  11. You're not afraid to be alone and explore the universe inside your psyche.
  12. You can create new worlds and build new characters and situations.
  13. You can choose from being a journalist, novelist, poet, scriptwriter, playwriter, speechwriter, magazine writer, news reporter, children's book writer, travel writer, comic book writer, and so on.
  14. There's so much room for improvement and a universe of styles and techniques to explore.
  15. You can write while traveling the world.
  16. Unlike paintings and sculptures, your writing can be spread across multiple platforms and mediums and yet never lose its vision and authenticity.
  17. If you can think of 101 ways to use a paperclip, you can think of 101 ways or reasons to do other things.
  18. It's a phenomenal mental exercise.
  19. When you get old and everyone else is withering away, your mind is still as spry as when you were in your twenties.
  20. You get to imbibe in the fountain of youth. Everything you'd write is a memorial of your life. It lives forever.
  21. You can choose to be financially rich, like J.K. Rowling, or poor like Henry Thoreau. Earning and wealth are but a mindset.
  22. There's no age like today, the internet age, when writing is in demand.
  23. You're a creator. You're a god.
  24. You understand that inspiration springs from anywhere and everywhere. You don't wait for it. You just grab it from in front of your face.
  25. Writing can surprise you in ways you didn't know existed about yourself.
  26. Writing may be an egotistic venture, but writers are some of the most generous folks you'll ever meet.
  27. Writing can be a form of meditation. Or therapy. It's a healing process. Or a break up process. Either way, it's a process of growing up.
  28. If you don't want to wrestle with deadlines, find clients who don't have deadlines.
  29. If you don't want to go to an office, choose to write remotely.
  30. If you don't want to have a boss, be your own boss.
  31. You can choose to wake up whenever you want.
  32. But writing at the crack of dawn can be a magical ritual.
  33. After writing for a long time, one day it hits you that you don't really need coffee to function.
  34. You learn at a young age how simple moments and fleeting beautiful lines can be sacred.
  35. Writing allows you to attack a subject from multiple angles.
  36. Writing lets you embrace your own individuality.
  37. You get to meet eccentric people from writing workshops.
  38. It allows you the freedom to do what you love every damn day.
  39. Every experience can be turned into an artwork.
  40. If you get to be a food writer, you get to try out various kinds of food from all over the world.
  41. If you get to be a travel writer, you get to explore exquisite places and try things you'd never imagine existed.
  42. If you get to be a gossip writer, you get to have inside scoop to the juiciest scandals in your local community.
  43. Writing itself is drugs.
  44. Writing can help store the best and worst of your memories. It's a pretty nifty time traveling activity.
  45. And when you've lost most of your memories, you can always go back to your old writings and remember chapters of your lifetime.
  46. Writing allows you to forget too. You can write for an entire year about your miserable life and come out of that a new race of human.
  47. Writing can be a great way to spring clean your mind.
  48. You get to understand the most complex of things with your whole heart.
  49. You can stay behind the scenes while changing the world.
  50. Sometimes you get to fall in love with your own fictional characters.
  51. Reading only artistic works can be enough reason for living.
  52. Because the world of make-believe can be even more believable than where you really are.
  53. Most of the best movies you've seen are based on books.
  54. Writing is an intimate way of spending time, and earning money.
  55. Writing duplicates your spirit on a page. It's like a soul-print not just with a time, date, and place, but also feeling, perception, attitude, and even an entire worldview.
  56. You learn to become a story-teller regardless of whether you have good or bad stories to tell.
  57. Writing can be a road map to becoming an artist.
  58. All movies you've ever seen sprung from the mind of a writer.
  59. All songs you've ever heard flowed from the heart of a writer.
  60. Some of the silent revolutions in the world were ignited by writers.
  61. If you don't have anything to give your loved ones, writing a gut-wrenching letter can even be more valuable than any other pointless present.
  62. You can pick a potential mate with a few potent lines scribbled on a napkin.
  63. Sometimes you can get away with anything by writing a persuasive letter.
  64. A politician can sway a million people with just a 10-minute speech, written by no other than a writer.
  65. Writers are some of the most romantic fucked ups on the planet.
  66. Writers can never completely fall in love, except with a muse that doesn't exist.
  67. You can match the activity with liquor, drugs, or coffee, and the writing will come out different every time.
  68. Everything you've written, even those that are not about you, exposes your unconscious to the public eye.
  69. Being a writer can be an excuse for being reckless, immoral, or irreverent. You're just weird or different.
  70. Writing wordplays recreates that feeling of being a child all over again.
  71. You can be a simpleton and still be a writer.
  72. Writers are some of the most human of humans.
  73. Writers make love with everything.
  74. You can discuss every sinful topic and make it sound like new world order.
  75. In the Philippines, a revolutionary hero named Jose Rizal is a self-published novelist.
  76. The most outrageous thinkers who have ever lived delivered their ideas through words and words alone.
  77. Buddha's or Jesus' ideas wouldn't have survived without writing.
  78. You get to understand that every word, spoken or written, has an agenda.
  79. When you dive into the advertising industry, suddenly you realize that all advertisements, all taglines and storylines and jingles, are spinning an intricate webwork of illusion for you to hand over your money.
  80. When you're a writer, you understand that words and the ideas behind them are the building blocks of beliefs, both real and illusory.
  81. Criticizing other people's manuscripts allows you to see your own writing in a shittier light. And then you wipe the tears away and channel your pain for revenge: to become better.
  82. You just need to give a damn about one thing, one sentence at a time, to go on living.
  83. Writing is a vicarious way of reliving moments of your life or others' lives (or even imaginary lives) all over again.
  84. A feeling is a feeling is a feeling, whether it is actually happening or is being written (or otherwise being imagined).
  85. When you write long enough, you have the feeling that you are dictating the script of your own lifetime. And it turns out to be true.
  86. You can start a revolution by writing one slim manifesto.
  87. Your writing can outlive you even thousands of years from now.
  88. Writing can make you undecided which side to take during a war because you can clearly see the point of view of each opposing camp.
  89. Writers can bridge the gap of misunderstanding between two people, two groups of people, or even between two nations.
  90. Writers are outstanding communicators but can be ridiculous at communicating their own feelings.
  91. Sometimes you don't even need a laptop to write. You can write on paper, on a chalkboard, on a bark of a tree, on sand, on water, on air.
  92. Writing forces you to look at insignificant things in a significant way.
  93. You can start being a writer the moment you choose to be.
  94. Being a writer doesn't only mean you have great ideas, but that you can fire people up into action.
  95. An article or story that you've written for a few minutes or hours can be used to move others over and over again, indefinitely, exponentially.
  96. You get a hand at shaping popular beliefs, or even popularizing unconventional ones.
  97. Writing makes you understand that "meaning" isn't the most crucial part of being alive.
  98. Like writing, each experience no matter how repetitive has the capacity for novelty.
  99. There's nothing more thrilling than seeing your own name on the spine of a book.
  100. Your mind becomes a sacred vessel for new ways of thinking, doing, and being.
  101. You're writing even when you're staring out the window, looking through the clouds, remembering what sort of constellation you used to be.

// Dec 2016

Minimalism

Everything I own I have reduced to one backpack. By 2017, I will be traveling and writing on the road. I still am travel writing (which is a luxury more than a job) alongside other writing gigs. But it's only now that I've gathered all the courage I could get to kickstart an adventure of a lifetime. To travel all over the world. I am one LUCKY monkey to be following my passion and earning from it--and later traveling too. I mentioned two years ago about this dreamscape and it's funny that that's where my journey is going to begin. In paradise. In my own home country. And to be able to fly from one place to another I must be featherweight! This backpack is far from that, but this is where it starts.

One Backpack to Rule Them All

ESSENTIALS

GEAR

KITCHEN

TOILETRIES

CLOTHING

// Dec 2016

Move

When an echo
rounds a cave
it leaves behind
a sound engraved.

When a leaf
falls in the wind
it carries through
as though winged.

When a pebble
drops in an ocean
it ripples out
rings in motion.

When a glance
breaks all distance
it blurs everything
but this instance.

// Nov 2016

A Lover's Exam

1.

If I open your heart
will I smell the air?

If love speaks through tears
what makes an ocean?

Does dreaming turn you
into a silhouette of a mountain?

Are fireflies the dust of lovers
climbing the air?

Why does the world go quiet
when I press my ear upon your heart?

2.

How can night
pale to your darkness?

Why is your mouth
full of dew?

What makes the substance
of your absence?

How could you touch me
when I wanted to be touched?

How are you real when you are not here
and unreal when you are here?

3.

How can your eyes open
more beautifully than any sunrise?

How many weddings
have we had?

Will I get to find your hand
among a thousand starfish?

How does your kiss
birth words from my mouth?

Do I need permission
to colonize your heart?

4.

Why do birds have no shadow
when they fly too high?

Why is the morning hiding
behind your smile?

Why does the sky mourn
when I forget my dream of you?

How can I feel
your kiss blown across oceans?

How did your shadow become
my favorite shade of black?

5.

Does the moon
write about us?

If you lean your ear onto my ear
will you hear the ocean?

Will we hear
one ocean?

When I have a heart transplant
will I recognize you?

How can you answer a question
that just crossed my mind?

6.

When we die will we
rise as one wild flower?

Why do you look away
when you cannot tell a lie?

How can our bodies remember
when our minds forget?

Who were you with last night
in your dream?

If a forest is burning
why did we start it?

7.

Would you drink water
if it reflected the moon?

Do stars sleep
under you?

If things had names
what would you call my absence?

Does the world need hate
for love to exist?

When clouds watch us
do we change?

8.

How can a simple kiss
feed two complex souls?

Why do you cry when you're happy
and laugh when you're sad?

What are moons doing
in your fingernails?

What weeps as an old man, laughs
as a child, and kisses like a bee?

If we drowned in a river
will we become river?

9.

Would you live as a fish
in the lake in the mouth of my volcano?

How would you find me
if I turned into echo?

If rain floods the earth
will we become islands?

Why are bees
obsessed with flowers?

If we bury our feet long enough
will we grow roots?

10.

Will your tongue
trace my silhouette?

Would the sun be jealous
if you loved a mandarin?

If you kissed me
will it be summer?

What is there to hate
if every human strived to be a lover?

Would you love dung
if it sustained the earth?

11.

Why does true love
disembowel the soul?

If the moon fell towards the earth
would you catch it?

If stars fall towards us
will you watch them with me?

Would an egg yolk
make you sad?

Would you always cry for me
if your tears smelled of roses?

12.

Would you kiss my belly if I were
pregnant with the moon?

Why is the tongue hidden
behind two lips, and a full set of teeth?

Why are roses more fragrant
when they're long past dead?

Why does your hair keep growing
when I don't water it?

Why can't I play with your hair
when the breeze can?

13.

If a cat only had eyes in the dark
what is your hand doing on my breast?

Is lava
the blood of stars?

If we only have stars to give us light
will we become silhouettes?

Would my heels crack if I danced
all night with your ghost?

Why do we need rings
when we have wings?

14.

What story did the fire tree say
to the fire hose?

If everyone were suddenly blind
would we love differently?

Could I caress you if you were
moon's reflection on the ocean?

Would you do to me
what the sun does to a mango tree?

Would you rather call yourself diseased
or a hero if you died only for love?

15.

Will distant planets hear
the pulse of your light?

Would you crop circles
across sunflower fields?

Will the earth's heart beat again
when another earthquake strikes?

If a typhoon picked us up
which country would you like to go?

Do cherries age
into cherry blossoms?

16.

When the sun goes down the sea
does it turn up as the moon?

Why are your tears
saltier than your sweat?

Did you propose when you
offered me a heartleaf?

If your body was made of salt water
are you a pocket of ocean?

Is the dark side of the moon
a different night?

17.

If your voice had a body
would it still be you?

Why do I hear birds sing
only when you're not around?

Will I ever get healthy
after being sick of love?

After death, would you rather be famous
or be buried under a flowerbed?

Does wine taste sweeter from a glass
or from your lips?

18.

If passion disappeared
what would it make compassion?

Is this your heart or are you
disguising as an avocado?

If love liberates
why does it bind us?

Would you rather be trapped
or released broken?

Are memories stored
in the brain or in the muscles?

19.

Is the lagoon full of mist
or did you just kiss my eyes?

Why does your wound
match with my wound?

Do scissors become sad
when the blades are separated?

Would you rather be burnt
or caged?

If our shadows were so long
could we eat clouds?

20.

Why build laws
when we can grow a heart?

When you slept on the shore
how did the sirens receive your snore?

If our lifetimes were a blink
what would you remember?

Would your darkness and my darkness
coalesce into dusk?

And then would we empty
into the night?

// Nov 2016

More Than A First Kiss

More than a first kiss in utter darkness,
certain things miss the eye, like the wind
that bends a tree from where it should be,
or a smell that uncovers a buried memory,
or a song that fills the body with strange
poignancy, so there must be in Love taken
amiss, that weakens all but the heart's eye
that serves our will to go on and never die.

// Nov 2016

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