When you write [humor], people think that you just record into a tape recorder and then someone else transcribes your words. It doesn’t occur to them that you have to choose this word over that word—and do so very carefully. … Most people have no concept of writing, or what’s involved with the process.
It’s nice to wonder what happens next to any couple after reading ‘The End’ on the last page of a romantic love story. It’s also nice to wonder about what happens to the hero and heroine’s companions who accompanied our protagonists through every emotional turmoil to reach the glorious happy ever after. And so we creators of said stories get bombarded with…
Wala po ba kwento si (insert name of secondary / tertiary / n’th extra here)? Sana po meron. Sana po maisulat agad. Can’t wait to read about them.
Dear readers, you may have just enjoyed an easy read, but it isn’t easy to create your easy read. Coming up with interesting plots and writing them down is not a walk in the park. It takes blood, sweat and tears to even start on a catchy first line, let alone a whole novel. (Okay, stop the cliches already.)
FYI, writing is especially difficult when there’s nothing in store in the first place for the characters you are asking stories for. Sometimes, they are just that – extras. They have no background and no personality except to be sounding boards for the protagonists.
Of course, the questions may have just been asked out of curiosity and that’s fine. But some don’t know the difference between being curious and being demanding. One simply does not demand for stories unless you’re our editor and therefore have the capacity to require-suggest sequels or prequels.
So again, not to sound like a snob or anything, this post is just a reminder that hey, writing takes work. No matter how good a writer is, it takes so much effort to cough up stories. And though we all love our readers and all but your requests cannot all be granted. Sorry ’bout that.
*quote from www.advicetowriters.com