Learning to Love Writing: An Interview with Boon Lauw
"I realized I loved writing after writing my very first chapter. You see, I began my writing career with a novel. I didn’t start with poems or short stories."
YADU KARU: When did you start to realize that you love writing?
"When it comes to generating ideas, I usually let my subconscious do all the heavy lifting."
YK: Can you share to us your creative writing process?
"When stuck, I usually go out for a run. Jogging inside UP at night clears my mind. The fresh air, the silence, and the repetitive action enable me to focus or manipulate my subconscious into thinking about one idea at a time."
YK: What are your writing inspirations?
"Xi Zuq’s ‘Supremo’ series also gave me valuable insight on how to write in Filipino in a way that is easy to digest and unintimidating. His books became the base for my handle on the Filipino language."
YK: Who are your writing influences?
"The idea came from my experience at an orphanage a few years before."
YK: Can you share something about your entry?
"And as general advice, make writing a habit. Write as often as you can. It makes writing easier. Write even if you’re not actually writing anything. The mind is a beautiful thing."
YK: What’s your advice to those who want to pursue writing?
*You can read Boon Lauw's Pikit Mata novel in this link
*[Photos are from Boon Lauw and Philippine Star for the 3rd Amelia Lapeña Bonifacio Writers’ Workshop photo]