How I found diversity in writing

Perhaps, one of the most fulfilling passions I have right now in my life is writing. It is where I find comfort, peace of mind, and freedom to do whatever I want without the fear of being judged.

I used to keep my writings to myself by keeping a journal. I was too afraid to show them to world, for fear of rejection. You see, we cannot please everybody. Some people make harsh comments and I don’t like it then.

When I finally had my first article published in fourth year high school, I was inspired to show more. But you see, writing wasn’t all bed of roses and approval, along the way I still got heartbreaking rejections especially when I submitted my short romance novel.

But instead of getting disappointed and giving up, I continued writing not for my own tho but for a living.

I wrote for other people. I was their ghost writer for eight years. It felt good in the beginning because I was making money out of it and I was making people happy and contented, but somehow, it made me more afraid. I felt I wasn’t good enough.

When I turned 30 years old, although some would think it was too late, I realized it’s about time to go out there and show my work to the world – as mine! Fortunately enough, putting up a blog was becoming a thing that time so I gave in.

Celebrating the Beauty of Life was created seven years ago to encourage me to write more. My blog talked about happiness, appreciating life, positivity, self-confidence, hope, and celebrating and living life to the fullest. It also chronicled my fitness journey and featured new restaurants and foods.

However, when I started working for a publishing company, things got busier again that my time to update my personal blog became less. Thankfully, I was given the opportunity to write regularly about health, lifestyle, travel, fitness, wellness, women empowerment, to parenting and even leading the editorial department.

There I finally saw my name and story on paper. I was ecstatic! It is every writer’s dream! It made all my years of rejections, hard work, and waiting all worth it.

After four years of working for the publishing company, I decided to make my blogging official and bought my own domain. I posted my previous articles there and for the past months, I am back to blogging, which is the original concept of my previous Tumblr blog.

I know, I know, I still don’t blog regularly, but at least I have two to three entries every month, which I plan to increase. I promise!

My former boss, editor-in-chief, and publisher, Dr. Rafael R. Castillo used to say, “If you want to be a writer, then write. If you want to be a good writer, write regularly.”

Dr. Castillo is a cardiologist by profession but he’s a very prolific writer. He can write 1,000 to 1,500-word column, editorial, or a full blown article in just one to two hours. He doesn’t believe in writer’s block.

I know, there were times I don’t get to meet his standards, but I am truly grateful for the opportunity, trust, and confidence he has given me all those years as his assistant editor and head of the editorial department. I became more confident and more open to criticisms these days because of him.

With that, I would also like to thank Ipuna Black for introducing me to this blogging collaboration where we agreed to write about certain themes and publish on certain dates every month.

Some themes (I must admit) were easy to write, but some were not especially if I’m not in the mood or I’m busy. But that makes writing all the more challenging and diverse – if we are being forced out of our comfort zones and produce an amazing content.

Once the entries have been published, participants of the collaboration are encouraged to read and comment on each blogs. So I can’t miss writing for a month, especially if there’s a collab because apart from having captive and sure readers, their encouraging comments help me to write more. They mean a lot to me.

I’m also thankful that I also got to meet these amazing bloggers from across the world that have interesting stories to tell, blogging styles, ideas, and techniques, and personalities you’ll only get to learn and discover once you read their blogs, too.

I think diversity in blogging can be found in the desire to learn more, accept challenging tasks, rejections, writing regularly, and collaborating with other bloggers.

“Many people believe that anyone who can write a letter qualifies as a writer. Not true. If writing was so easy, a lot of you wouldn’t quit after just trying to write a short story,” said Rachel Ballon, Ph.D.

by Sadaf Siddiqi

This is a monthly blog collaboration and our theme for November is Diversity. It can be in the form of cultural and intellectual. For more stories, check out these amazing and truly inspiring writers who participated in this blog collaboration. Happy reading and hope we inspired you:

Ipuna Black: “Diversity, Kindness, Love & Respect”

Nicolle K: “Diversity: Chinese Wedding in Southeast Asia Part #1” and Part #2

Barb Caffrey: “Diversity: Not Just for Breakfast Anymore”

Sonyo Estavillo: “Why Writers & Readers Should Diversify Their Reading List”

Jane Love: “Everybody is Unique”

Jothish Joseph: “How diverse is diversity?”

Divyang Shah: “Diversity – Collaboration”


Published by Mylene Orillo

Mylene Orillo is a contributing writer at My Pope Philippines. Prior to that, she contributed to the Health & Lifestyle magazine.  She's a former correspondent at The Manila Times; former editor-in-chief of TravelPlus magazine; and former assistant editor of Health & Lifestyle, Zen Health, and DiabetEASE magazines by FAME Publishing, Inc., a company owned by cardiologist Dr. Rafael Castillo who has given her the much-needed break and opportunity in the health industry and medical field.  Her previous job as a Media Consultant at the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office and Writer-Researcher at the Headquarters Philippine Army ignited her passions for charity, volunteering, selfless service, and love of country. As a young girl, she loved reading her mom's collection of Mills & Boons pocketbooks, which started her passion to write romance stories.  She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism from the University of Sto. Tomas in España, Manila. She is now working towards earning her master's degree hopefully this year. She loves traveling, long-distance running, reading romance and non-fiction books, watching Korean Drama series, feel-good rom coms, military movies, and documentaries during her spare time. Someday, she wants to meet Prince William and Pope Francis, settle down with the love of her life and have a family and kids of her own; and become a bestselling romance author.

13 thoughts on “How I found diversity in writing

  1. Mylene! Thank you for sharing your story with us! I’m so happy you are pursuing your passion: writing! I’m glad we have become friends. I appreciate and adore you! You have sucha special spirit. Thanks for joining us in the collaboration!

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  2. Hi Mylene! I love the idea of blog collaboration. I’m going to check on it and I love the theme for the month – Diversity. You know I am from Malaysia, like we are so rich with cultures, and I have to say, I am proud that despite the diversity comes unity. You already gave me some writing prompts! Thank you! 🙂

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    1. Thank you for taking time to read my blog and for commenting. I’ve been to Kuala Lumpur few years ago and I must say, it was beautiful. Good luck on your writing. ☺️☺️☺️


  3. Thanks for sharing this story, Mylene! I’m happy for you as you pursue you passion I’m writing. ❤️

    I agree writing isn’t easy, and I find a short story is harder to write than a novel! I admire your tenacity in becoming published and I’m glad you’ve joined our collaboration family. 😀

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