I’ve been comparing notes with fellow blogger Joy Bautista Collado on what creative writing means to us. We live in different time zones, eight hours apart: she lives in the Philippines, and I live in the UK. I wondered how the geographical difference would affect our responses. Would there be any obvious cultural differences? This is the conversation we had:
What do you love about creative writing? What inspires you?
Katie: I have to admit, I’ve been struggling for inspiration today. Then I heard a piece of choral music. It made me think about being inside a monastic cathedral, with the candles flickering on old paintings. It’s these unexpected bursts of inspiration that lead to stories.
Joy: What I love about creative writing is that, I can go to different realms and worlds. Imagination is the limit.
Katie: Yeah, I also love creative writing because there’s so much scope to create magical images, and reveal secrets, to take your reader on a journey. I’d like to go beyond myself, and be part of something greater, to become immersed in the ancient craft of story-telling.
Joy: Also, I am able to express my other self. Knowing that other people are touched by what I have written inspires me to write more.
What don’t you like about creative writing? What do you struggle with?
Katie: I don’t like the times when my ideas fragment, or when I feel like I’ve gone up a blind alley.
Joy: I’m struggling with having the discipline to consistently write everyday.
Katie: Yeah, I can relate to that. I also feel bad when I spend time reading and researching, but struggle to start a new story.
Joy: I also struggle with the thought that, if I can write a good story or novel.
Katie: I have times when I really wonder if I my ideas will turn into good stories. Usually, though, I’ll go back over my notes, a few days later, and find there’s something there after all!
What do you ultimately hope to achieve by sharing your work?
Katie: By sharing my stories, and discussing them, I hope to write better stories with greater empathy. I would love to see them in print.
Joy: I hope to ultimately to touch a lot of people through my writing.
Katie: I like that. At the moment, I’m enjoying being part of a blogging community, and connecting with people I wouldn’t otherwise know. Reaching out to people has spurred me on in my writing.
Joy: My ultimate dream is for someone to read my work in the future and say: “It’s because of your work that I love reading books” or “Because of your works, I want to write.”
Joy and I haven’t yet met each other in person, but our responses share some surprising similarities. We both understand the magic of story-telling. We feel compelled to reach out to readers, and share our ideas, to change lives.
What motivates you, as a reader, a writer, or both? Thanks for reading.
You can find more about Joy on her blog: http://www.joybcollado.com.