‘Why I write’

Dr Darwin Bandoy
I want to write because I want to split my spirit into a thousand pieces and preserve the torn pieces in horcruxes for eternity


Writers write because of sheer egoism to quote George Orwell. (I want to quote Orwell, although plagiarism isn’t impeachable according to one Supreme Court justice, it makes me sound like an intellectual.)

Writers write because of the extreme desire to seem clever, to be talked about, to be remembered after death, to get back on the grown-ups who snubbed them in childhood. I couldn’t agree more with all of these ideas of Orwell on the inner motivation of a writer.

In this sense — I empathize with Miriam — intellectuals are such attention-deficit individuals that the only way for them to feel loved and cared for is to appear intelligent. And scientists fake it by coming up with technical words, while lawyers do so with Latin. And this intellectual spotlight is preserved via the written word, so that future students could memorize and study them.

I want to write because I want to split my spirit into a thousand pieces and preserve the torn pieces in horcruxes for eternity. In this case a novel, an article or poem is a horcrux — it keeps a piece of the writer preserved in the written word.


“Pursuing your Otaku” is my first horcrux.

The alchemy for this horcrux is fairly simple: a piece of hair from Seth Godin, a teardrop from a dumped suitor, a molecule of confidence from a dumped suitor that got dumped again, and page 23 of all the inspirational books in National bookstore in Alabang. Add brewed coffee and ink while playing the mushiest song from Love Radio.

And so I have compiled my ideas and followed the advice of Seth Godin, the Dumbledore of marketing, and gave it away for free: my horcrux.

The primary thesis is that the best way to launch a book is to release a free manifesto, hence removing any barriers to letting people access your thoughts. Don’t bother about monetizing — if your ideas are worth paying for, people will pay. But one must be able to create his or her tribe. 

In this instance, I find a certain affinity with Rappler because the Internet gave us life. I wouldn’t be able to contact Maria Ressa without Twitter, I wouldn’t be able to read Godin without a reliable access to the Internet and I wouldn’t be able to google George Orwell.

Being a savvy writer now is a mixture of creativity and finding the right keywords, and adding a dash of social marketing skills.

Why do I write? I want to experiment on the most effective way of spreading my horcrux.

And maybe, in that magical piece of ink and paper, my ideas will remain. – Rappler.com

Dr Darwin Bandoy graduated cum laude and college valedictorian from the University of the Philippines Los Baños College of Veterinary Medicine. He has worked in wildlife conservation as curator, and spent three years as assistant professor in UP before being pirated in Singapore as a Visiting Lecturer of Veterinary Bioscience.

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