I beg your pardon

I recently read a Column of AA Patawaran in Manila Bulletin. It inspired me to the point that I wanted to write this blog. Pardon my English.

AA Patawaran is a writer, newspaper editor, best-selling author and teacher. He wrote a book called Write Here Write Now. I really want to read it soon so I can learn more about writing.

Here’s what inspired this story: Pardon my English

Writing is beyond perfect grammar.

So I saw this post on Facebook by Manila Bulletin. They asked, can writing be taught. And I only have one answer, yes. Don’t doubt yourself, everyone can write.

You can write. It doesn’t matter if you have no proficiency in the English language you can write in Tagalog. Patawaran said, there is beauty in writing that is beyond grammar, beyond correct-tenses, beyond subject-verb agreement, or correct spelling.

I can relate to that. I started writing articles with no proper understanding of the field. I was 10 when I became a campus journalist at elementary. I found happiness through it. It was the first time I really appreciated myself and something.

I only gained confidence in writing pieces when I proved to myself that I am more than just a kid who loves words, but also someone who can play with words. Bend the rules, not break them.

I learned to be wise with words when I knew somebody will read actually read what I wrote.

Yes, writing can be taught. I don’t read a lot. I am not good at English. I explored until it lead me to writing – where I found out, was the only thing I am good at. Writing is beyond perfect grammar.

“If you want to be a writer, you must do two things above all others: Read a lot and write a lot.”

An iconic quote by Stephen King. I don’t actually read that much. That’s why I will start to buy books for me to read. Starting with The Subtle Art of Not Giving A F*ck by Mark Manson. I thought why not give it a try to be a bookworm rather than someone who reads stories from the internet.

I hope in the coming months I can buy more books, but I don’t have money lol. Tiis tiis muna. Pardon my English.

Published by Karol Jozef Mabazza

Writer, Blogger, Campus Journalist

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