A journey begins with a single step, the old adage says. Indeed, for us writers, we all began with our scribbles in our notebooks or our short journal entries online. There may be days that we have become frustrated with ourselves—our way of writing, our voice, characters lost in our own plots—but we keep on writing. For this special day, let us altogether give a young writer who is also on the same crossroads some words of encouragement.
1. Bienvenido Lumbera
"Ang maipapayo ko, unang una, magpakahusay sila bilang mga manunulat... 'yung anyong kanilang gagamitin bilang behikulo sa pagpapahayag ng kanilang mga kaisipan at mga layunin sa buhay ay kinakailangang matutuhan nilang sinupin. Maging napakahusay sila: bilang makata, bilang kwentista, bilang mandudula. Ngayon, kapag ka meron nang pagpapasiya ang manunulat na ito ang anyong aking gagamitin, kailangan kilalanin din niya na ang pagsusulat ay hindi para sa kaniyang sarili lamang o para sa mundo, kundi sa isang spesipikong lipunan... orientasyon sa mga spesipikong problema ng lipunang kanilang kinabibilangan."
["What I can advise, first, they should master the craft of writing... the form that they will use as a medium to effectively communicate their philosophies and objectives in life. Let them be masters: as poets, as fictionists, as playwrights. Now, when they have determined the kind of writer they want to be, they need to understand that writing is not only for their sake or for the world, but for a specific society... (their writings) should address specific problems in the society that they belong to."]
—Rappler. “WATCH: Interview with Bienvenido Lumbera, National Artist for Literature”. YouTube. 12 April 2017.