I promised to post about the recently concluded Sulataktakan: Conversations on Children's Literature forum of the PBBY at the MIBF 2011. Suffice it to say that the panelists, Maillin Paterno Locsin, Dr. Luis Gatmaitan, Rusell Molina, Jomike Tejido and Beth Parrocha Doctolero, were all fantastic that day. They were candid and smart; brutally honest but modest; witty and entertaining at the same time.
They shared their writing styles and thoughts about winning awards. It was Rusell Molina who said the most outrageous quote(see below).
Here are more quotable quotes from the forum:
"Kung sasali ka sa mga contest, siguraduhin mong may self-worth ka." (Your self-worth must be intact if you want to join writing contests.)
- Beth Parrocha Doctolero
"Push your ideas!"
- Rusell Molina
- Jomike Tejido
"Stories are everywhere."
- Mailin Paterno Locsin
"Exercise your writing muscles."
- Dr. Luis Gatmaitan
The questions asked of the panelists escapes me now since their answers were all in big ideas I need to cut in pieces. Perhaps when the transcriber has finished with the work, then PBBY can share what fully transpired in the forum. Having said this, I end with an insight I gained from the forum. Writing is not an easy task. It takes a lot of thinking; a lot of time; a lot of love. If writing is a passion, pursue it then. Life may just give you what you deserve.
Mabuhay ang Panitikang Pambata!