Kevin Tuazon

The first time Kevin reached out to us, it was to submit a story as an entry for one of our Community Events. He shared with us how he took the plunge by publishing his first book entitled Open, a dream which he had the courage to pursue through the help of his friends, the people he’s met along the way who served as inspirations, and our Giving Journal which he claimed made him more hopeful and daring as an individual.

He ended his very first email to us by saying “I am a dreamer, and I want to support all the dreamers out there through my gift of writing. I hope you choose me to be part of this seminar so I could gain more inspiration, knowledge, and insight as to how to continue daring myself and extending my possibilities”  and we knew since then that Kevin would become a valuable member of our community.

Today, he continues to generously share his talent with everyone in the community, inspiring not just through his words but his works, chasing his dreams one after another.

Read all about Kevin’s story as a writer and as a Community Member of Brew Your Best Year below.

WHO IS HE? Kevin Tuazon
WHAT DOES HE DO? Kevin is a Freelance Writer at 24 years old.

1. Tell us about your story as a writer. How did you discover your love for writing?

I started writing when I was in 3rd year high school because our speech teacher always made us. That’s when I slowly discovered that writing is something I loved doing. I initially took up Computer Engineering in college because I was good at Math. After a year, though, I shifted to Mass Communication with a major in Journalism because I knew being a writer is the only road I wanted to take in life, career-wise.

 

2. What kind of writer are you? Describe your style/niche and how has this changed through the years.

When I was younger, I mostly wrote poems and song lyrics. Now, I think I’m more of an inspirational writer, using my personal experiences, challenges, triumphs, and defeats whenever I write. I’m also writing more about travel since I launched Footsteps in January, an online magazine.

 

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To me, being an inspirational writer is about opening people’s eyes to more possibilities and giving them hope. When I write about travel, I let the places I went to, the people I encountered, and the experiences I had do the talking. Travel is such a rich experience. You just have to write them all down and I think the stories will speak for themselves.

3. What is the highlight of your practice so far?

When I self-published my first book, Open. The feeling was, and still is, surreal. 

Publishing the book was so important because it’s every writer’s dream! I’ve never believed in anything I’ve done or created as much as I believed in Open. That feeling is something I’ll always long for now, and the nine-month journey of writing the book changed me for the better.

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4. Where do you get inspiration?

Life in general. Personal experiences, friends, strangers, and random moments. I’m also inspired by my travels. 
The littlest details, when you have the eyes to observe and catch them, will give you inspiration. Half of writing is imagining and questioning. Life is simply full of stories. You just have to conjure something out of it.

5. What is your creative process like?

When an idea comes to me, I make sure to write it down. I pause for a while to gather my thoughts and kind of brainstorm with myself, and then I write. Write, edit, rewrite, until I get the feeling that it’s ready. 

I usually write articles in less than an hour. However, there are times when it takes days before I finish something, not counting the editing and rewriting that come along the way.

6. Do you experience creative blocks? What do you do when this happens?

Of course. It’s different every time. Mostly, I just take a break to go outside, talk with someone, watch something, or sometimes, sleep. Haha. 

7. How do you choose what story to write?

It’s more like what story chooses to be written, you know? Every time something touches my heart or a wonderful idea comes to mind, I write about it. There were already so many ideas that came and went just because I was too lazy to write them down, thinking that I’d still remember them a few hours after. But more often than not, I can’t remember them! That’s one of the biggest frustrations you’ll have as a writer, so I see to it to write ideas down as soon as they come so the ideas won’t escape me.


8. Who are some of the individuals you look up to in line with your craft?

Every single book of Mitch Albom, but The Timekeeper and Tuesdays with Morrie are the most memorable to me. Stephen King’s Carrie and On Writing made me fall in love with his work. Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory was the first book I ever read and finished. Jeff Goins’ The Art of Work is a big inspiration. His blog posts and podcasts are also great sources of inspiration. I’m subscribed to Mark Manson’s email list and his articles are so eye-opening. David Levithan is my go-to for easy reading. Out of his books, I like Boy Meets Boy the most because I’m gay and it’s such a cute gay story.

9. What’s your favorite piece/story that you’ve written/created?

I have two. The blog entry I wrote about the fireflies I encountered in Puerto Princesa because that moment was precious to me, even life-changing; and the article I wrote for Elite Daily because it reached more than 60,000 people in a week, the most readers an article I wrote got so far.

10. What kinds of challenges are associated with your craft/job and how do you overcome them?

I think the main challenge is you have to learn constantly as a writer, to always expand your horizons. You also have to grow and better yourself constantly as a person. To overcome these, you just have to be open to everything. 
Get out of your comfort zones. Do something even if you are afraid to. Actively search for stories and inspirations. Also, it’s important to be open to criticisms. It’s your craft so it hurts to receive criticism, but it’s necessary to take them in.

11. What are your biggest lessons as a writer?

You can’t doubt yourself. Keep on, even if the world is telling you not to.

12. What do you believe is an important factor in creating a good piece of story?

Authenticity. It is the very life of every written piece of work because it comes from within you. Talent, skill, and knowledge are needed when you write, but authenticity sets your writing apart. Without authenticity, you won’t have a voice. Without authenticity, people won’t feel a connection with your work. Without authenticity, there’s no real fulfillment in what you do.

13. What advice can you give the community, especially emerging writers?

Writing is more than just a hobby, a talent, or a way to express yourself. Writing is a discipline. If you don’t develop it as a discipline, you can’t be a good at it.

I got this from Jeff Goins: write every day. Even if you don’t feel like it, even if you have nothing to say, just sit down and start writing. Like how dancers spend hours to perfect a routine or how actors memorize pages of lines, writers should also practice their craft on a daily basis. There are no shortcuts. You have to write (and read a lot) to be a great writer.

14. What is Brew Your Best Year to you and how has it inspired you as a writer?

Ever since I discovered the Giving Journal in 2014, I’ve become a more open, daring, grateful, and driven person. The Giving Journal was actually one of my sources of inspiration when I was still writing Open. That’s why I was so excited to share my journey via Brew Your Best Year. Since then, I’ve been part of this amazing community where I got to share my stories, attended events that always make my heart so full, and met some of the most passionate and inspiring people I’ve ever met in my life.

The community is like fuel to me. It inspires me to always look forward with gladness, pursue my passions with dedication, and live a life of kindness towards other people.

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