Posted in An Exercise in Prose, Shutterbug Blues

Where the Words Come From

"Snapshots, a score of years old" - taken in the BGC 09 January 2015; edited with Google Snapseed
“Snapshots, a score of years old” – taken in the BGC 09 January 2015; edited with Google Snapseed

“Reality is superior to ideas.” – Pope Francis closing his address to the crowds at UST, Manila.  18 January 2015

In 2007, renowned fantasy author Neil Gaiman posted an essay titled Where Do You Get Your Ideas? on his blog.  There, he talks about how people don’t believe him whenever he tells them that all of the ideas pop right out of his head.  I believe him but, at the same time, I believe that what he said is only partly true.

From where I stand, experience remains my primary source of writing material.  Sure, there are ideas that just pop out at random from my head, but the use of personal experiences – though probably not too personal – is where I get the bulk of my concepts.  It adds a cachet of realism to whatever it is I’m writing, possibly a way to draw in readers, telling them that I know how they feel, that I’ve been where they are.

It isn’t something that works for everyone, of course; but it works for me.



Midge started her career in PR writing at seventeen when she began drafting documentaries for a government-run television station in the Philippines. Since then, she made a career in advertising and public relations which ended in June 2016 These days, she works full time at Philippine Tatler as a features writer under the nom de guerre Marga Manlapig. Aside from what she does for a living and her poetry, she has turned her home kitchen into a personal culinary lab and is currently working on another novel. Follow her on Instagram at @midgekmanlapig.

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