Migs Isip [maskinao]
What did you first read? How did you begin to write? Who were the first to read what you wrote?
I do not remember the first thing i read, but i do remember reading a textbook back in first grade. i began writing at around third grade, just trying to finish a piece was impossible. the first readers of my works were my parents and friends.
What is your favorite genre? Can you provide a link to a site where we can read some of your work or learn something about it?
i do not have a specific favorite genre, but i do find myself writing things about freedom, friendship and love. some of my works can be read on my site: http://paperpencilknife.blogspot.com, look for older pieces and stories.
What is your creative process like? What happens before sitting down to write?
it usually takes a day to a week for me to write a piece. i try to absorb information around me, and conceptualize things to write about. I would like to be alone when i write so i would not get distracted.
What type of reading inspires you to write?
i don't read much novels and fantasy books, for it affects my state of mind, which in effect, will most likely show in my works. I observe, converse, read poetry and listen to songs more often to inspire me.
What do you think are the basic ingredients of a story?
i think you need a theme, a character, a life-changing scene and a problem.
What voice do you find most to your liking: first person or third person?
i like the third person perspective better. i tend to use this style the most. and i begin to feel the feelings of an onlooker, which will be unbiased and fair.
What well known writers do you admire most?
i haven't read any novels for the past 3-4 years now, but the last one i finished was Paolo Coelho's The Alchemist. So maybe he's my favorite, considering i've only read about 3-4 novels in my life.
What is required for a character to be believable? How do you create yours?
I think, for a character to be believable, he/she has to have human emotions, and show some weakness. the writer must reach out and make the readers feel what the character is feeling.
Are you equally good at telling stories orally?
I think i am. when i tell stories, i describe the place, give the introductions, details, ect. my style of oral story-telling closely resembles my written story-telling. it takes long for me to tell stories, though.
Deep down inside, who do you write for?
someone i love very much.
Is writing a form of personal therapy? Are internal conflicts a creative force?
yeah, it's my stress-reliever. also, it is one of my passions. I think the internal conflicts that dwell in my mind is a big creative force in my writing AND my music. external forces also play a role in my work.
Does reader feed-back help you?
YES! very much. when a writer knows he/she is being appreciated and his/her works are being read, it gives them the energy to move on and make their works better. :]
Do you participate in competitions? Have you received any awards?
Do you share rough drafts of your writings with someone whose opinion you trust?
i rarely do this, for sometimes the person cannot grasp my point or the meaning of the piece for it is still unfinished. I usually keep them to myself until i find the right words to pen down.
Do you believe you have already found "your voice" or is that something one is always searching for?
I think I have already found my style but I am still developing it. I would like to make it better, if not, the best. :]
What discipline do you impose on yourself regarding schedules, goals, etc.?
I have no exact regimen or discipline regarding my work, for i do this just for pleasure and therapy.
What do you surround yourself with in your work area in order to help your concentrate?
not really. i think it's more of a distraction.
Do you write on a computer? Do you print frequently? Do you correct on paper? What is your process?
I usually write on my virtual paper (or "blog" as they call it). I usually write my drafts down in my phone and edit them on the net later. I usually re-edit works after 2-3 months. i re-edit regularly.
What sites do you frequent on-line to share experiences or information?
I rarely get to interact with my readers, because most of the time, they send me Spam mail. I try to update my BlogCatalog account and look for other blog-referring sites.
What has been your experience with publishers?
I have never attempted to publish my work physically, yet. :P i'll let you know. :P
What are you working on now?
I'm working on a piece about friendship and the breaking point of it.
What do you recommend I do with all those things I wrote years ago but have never been able to bring myself to show anyone?
I think it's time that you let everyone read them. maybe do some revisions and editing and you're all set. works are supposed to be shared, not to be kept to yourself and wait for someone to find them when you're dead (no pun intended). It will benefit you and everyone else if you let your works to be read by someone else. trust me. :)
What do you do? What is your musical specialty?
I am currently exploring electronica, art rock, experimental. I was involved with post-hardcore, screamo, metal before, but I still actively play those genres.
Do you work alone or in a group? If in a group, who are the others you work with?
I usually work alone, but i would work in a group if given the time. I usually work with my closest friends who are also musicians.
Is there a web address where one can listen, see, or read some of your work?
i would like to point to you the site, but i wouldn't think you would enjoy the sound. haha. it wasn't recorded well. it's a DIY recording.
Please list any awards, competitions, or other acknowledgments you would like to mention.
as far as i know, there (still) aren't any awards or competitions that i won for my music. but the fact that i have performed for people makes it an achievement, for me at least. :P
Please list discography in which you have participated.
uhh. does my own work count? :P haha. no albums released, yet. :P
How did you begin making music? Who introduced you?
I began making music when I was in 2nd year High School. That was the time i learned to play the guitar. My uncle taught me about Music and its importance, and It's all downhill from there. :)
What was your musical education?
I am self-trained and self-taught. no formal musical education.
When did you realise that making music could be a way of life for you?
YEAH! :D definitely. :)
What is your creative process?
my musical process is the same with my writing process: NONE. :) i just go by the way it feels, i don't force myself to write a song or make a new song.
When do you have your most lucid moments, in the morning or night?
maybe at night. That's the time I wind down and I blurt out realizations i get during the day.
Have you ever awoken with a melody created from your dreams?
Yes! :D although i forgot it soon afterwards. :P
How do you know when a song is finished or needs no more changes?
that's kinda hard to tell. i usually try to make the lyrics and melodies better as much as i can.