Love the good and the bad of what you do.
“It’s going to sound so cheesy, but I think what kept me going was realizing that I loved [what I was doing]. When I was younger, I was motivated by the externals: I wanted to get published, win prizes, be famous. Those things are great, but if I had had only that as motivation, I think I would have given up sooner. Those external things, we can’t really control. I realized that I found joy in the process [of writing] itself, and it’s those things that satisfy me now, in moments when I think, ‘Oh, I’ve really improved.’ It’s not an exciting thing, but if you solve a problem you’ve been struggling with for weeks because you kept showing up at your desk to try and find the solution…i find that’s really satisfying—equally, if not more satisfying that actually publishing a book or getting a good review.” Inthecountry (P815) is Alvar’s debut anthology on the Filipino diaspora. The book is available at National Book Store and Powerbooks.