you guys, what do you think of writers who give advise on "writerly things" to another writer who obviously has had much more experience, exposure and education in the writing biz?
okay lang sana sa akin ito kung alam ko ang pinanggagalingan ng writer. kung mas keri siya sa akin sa grammar and all things about style, i'll listen to him or her, no problem. wala akong ego when it comes to workshopping my stuff because i really really crave for that because i want to make my works better. pero kung kini-critique niya ang isang literary material nang hindi niya inaalam kung paano ang approach ng literary material na iyon, medyo sablay yun, di ba? obviously, hindi pa siya nagdaan sa mga national writers' workshops at sa undergrad or postgrad literary writing classes dahil kung may enuf experience siya sa ganun, alam niya dapat how to ascertain the project of the story, 'ika nga ni mam jing hidalgo. kung naghahanap siya ng conventions sa isang genre na iba ang conventions, sablay. maghahanap ka kaya ng william gibson-ish stuff sa works ni shakespeare? maghahanap ka ng jeanette winterson-ish stuff sa works ni tom clancy? maghahanap ka ng tolkien-ish stuff sa works ni virginia woolf? sige, career-in mo yan at tignan natin kung di sumakit ang ulo mo!
ang tanga, no? hm. the thing about young writers these days is that there's such a lot of arrogance going around in their circles. sometimes, they're not in touch with what went before them. most times, they're pooh-pooh-ing the others that will come much later. i think tama si jologzboi when he said in the ccp literary forum we had that our generation is in the middle of the generations: hindi kami pasaway, alam namin ang mga canon and the anti-canon peeps that were and are ahead of us (and we respect them even if we are trying to 'subvert' some of them), and we are actually looking at the younger ones to give them advise and nurturing. e kung punyetang younger batch ito e pasaway naman? hay, never mind. i don't need you. we don't need you. leave me alone. go back to blogging or whatnot.
this is the time when you have to pull out your stuff and ride some kind of high horse din e, just to prove a point. sometimes, you realy need to do it -- you're forced to, eh.
hijo, mananalo ba 'ko ng dalawang palanca kung hindi ako akma sa literary writing world? maa-anthologize ba ako 6 times kung wala akong alam sa pagsusulat? think about it. sige, go back to copywriting...
hm. para yata itong yung mga tao na nagbibigay ng grammar advise when they themselves cannot even get their syntax straight. ako wala akong kiyeme to admit na i need help in english sometimes kasi naman it's not my first language at characteristic yan ng majority ng mundo na hindi english ang first or second language. sabi nga nung kanta, "tayo'y mga pinoy, tayo'y hindi kano, huwag kang mahihiya kung ang...grammar mo ay sablay." pero kung manglalait naman ang isang tao ng grammar ng iba samantalang ang saril niyang grammar ay sablay, aysus, wala nang mas sasablay pa doon, hane? my gash! i don't know for you, but with me, life is peach!
parang ito yung "so who is the beautiful girl of the dennis? is it you or is me? and the winner is me!"
o kaya yung "do you smoke? do you drink? do you drugs?"
hay naku, you can never can tell!