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be Katipunera. It’s a long poem about Gregoria de Jesus, wife of Andres Bonifacio because later on in my writing life I focused on historical period themes especially in my place. For the short story, it would still be All About Me. I only have four or five short stories but my plays are even more. My favorite would be In My Father’s House which was adapted into Filipino and was about World War II; a Filipino family with three brothers. One turned out to be a collaborator for the Japanese, the other a guerilla member and another who died in the War. It’s the conflict, the trauma and the shame, the dishonor that having a collaborator in one’s family meant in those days. This is also a true story in a sense it is about my father and his brother. I: Finally, Doc Elsie, please share any advice related to writing especially to the younger generation of writers. What will be your message to them? E.C: Most people are really born with talent. The thing is, talent is not enough. But equally important with talent is training. So, how do you train yourself? First, and it’s very difficult, you really have to discipline yourself and set time for reading and writing. Read the best works. We all have our influences. By reading and reading and reading their works, you’re going to get the rhythm of words, the meaning and sensibility that drives a work and completes a work. I read works by Robert Frost, T.S. Eliot, William Butler Yeats, Mary Oliver, Sylvia Plath and many more. You can see how my leaning is more of a classical formalist. But that’s just me. Today’s writers have a more flowing style, more conversational, more day-to-day structuring. It doesn’t matter whether you’re classical, contemporary or postmodernist, just read the best. Try to analyze and take it all apart. And perhaps join a contest or two. I: Thank you very much, Doc Elsie.




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