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PHR Romance Novel Writing Workshop Experience

PHR Romance Novel Writing Workshop Experience

By Hanzel

 

Do you have a complete and vivid romance story on your mind but can’t seem to write the words down?

Isa ito sa mga madalas na problema ng mga manunulat na siya ring nagiging dahilan kung bakit ang mga kuwento sa ating isipan ay nananatiling mga ideya na lamang. Ngunit kung nangangarap kayong maging isang ganap na libro ang inyong istorya, isang solusyon ang pagsabak sa mga writing workshops na siyang huhubog at tutulong na maisakatuparan ang pangarap na maging sikat na manunulat.

Noong May 13-14, 2017 ay inilunsad ng Precious Hearts Romances ang taunang Romance Novel Writing Workshop na dinadaluhan ng ilang published writers at mga gustong maging romance writers mula sa iba’t-ibang parte ng bansa. Sa taong ito, humigit kumulang 70 participants ang nakapasa sa diagnostic test na isinasagawa para piliin kung sino-sino ang mga tanging makakadalo sa naturang workshop.

Maaga pa lamang ay kumpulan na ang mga participant sa Precious Events Center sa fourth floor ng bagong building ng Precious Pages Corporation sa Sto. Domingo Avenue, Quezon City. Habang hinihintay ang iba, isa-isa silang nagpakilala at inilahad ang dahilan kung bakit sila sumali sa workshop. Ilang mga katanungan ang agad lumutang:

  • Paano ko tatapusin ang nasimulang kuwento?
  • Ano ba ng POV na dapat kong gamitin?
  • Ano-ano ba ng mga paraan para maging maganda ang isinusulat kong kuwento?

Nagsimula ang unang session sa pagtalakay ni Ms. Edith Garcia, PHR Editor-in-Chief, ang mga topics na: Writing a Romance Novel kung saan sinabi niya, “by the end of the book, the hero and heroine should be ready to commit—the required happy ending.” Sinabi rin niya na, “in a well-written story, the question is not what happens next, but WHY do things happen as they do.”

Sumunod na lecturer si Mr. Abet Cruz, Creative Assistant ng ABS-CBN, at diniscuss ang Plot Diagram at Characters, at may active participation ang lahat. Bawat isa ay bumuo ng kani-kaniyang tauhan base sa ibinigay na stock characters. He also gave a lot of activities that stimulated the creative imaginations of the writers and prompted them to write.

Bago matapos ang unang session, nagbigay ng speech ang premyadong author na si Rose Tan at inilahad niya ang totoong buhay ng mga manunulat at nagbigay rin siya ng ibang tips para makatapos ng isang nobela.

Natuto naman silang magsulat ng teaser sa huling araw ng workshop. A teaser-critiquing session followed and everyone read out what they wrote for Ms. Edith and the rest of the PHR editors to comment on and suggest revisions. Nang matapos ang huling topic na Tips for Writing a Romance Novel, nagbigay ng ilang writer’s ethics si Mr. Jun Matias, ang presidente at publisher ng Precious Pages Corporations. Sinagot niya rin ang ilang katanungan ng mga participant tungkol sa mga patakaran ng kumpanya sa publishing at printing ng mga libro.

Bago maghiwa-hiwalay, nagpa-picture ang buong grupo kasama si Ms. Edith at Mr. Jun Matias.

Napakalaki ng naitulong ng PHR Writing Workshop sa mga writers na sumali dahil nasagot ng event ang mga katanungan na matagal nang pumipigil sa pagtapos ng kanilang mga manuscripts. Balang araw, siguradong  isa sa kanilang mga pangalan ang susunod na mailalagay sa mga bookstores nationwide.

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Are You Ready to Become a Romance Novel Writer?

Are You Ready to Become a Romance Novel Writer?

By  Stefhanie

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Writing isn’t easy as what people think—that what writers do is only stare hard out of the window and words just magically come out. Well, guess what? It isn’t magic. It takes time, hard work, patience, passion, and a talent to weave the words and create a masterpiece.

Writing per se isn’t easy, indeed. And so is romance writing. You might think that you have what it takes to be a romance writer since your mind is full of heart-melting dialogues and romantic scenes that are ripped out of the classic love stories. Of course, being an idealist and a love-junkie can help you come up with a wonderful love story. Nevertheless, one still has to know the fundamentals in establishing the structure of a literary work. The form and content are always coexistent—they are both the basis of a written work. If one foundation is not carefully shaped, your work would be incomplete. So if you can write the best romantic lines ever but you cannot handle the flow of your own story, it would be futile.

The recent PHR Romance Writing Seminar-Workshop held this 13th-14th of May has really been helpful for those aspiring novelists. The lecturers managed to impart and divulge the essential formula in writing a romance novel. Miss Edith Garcia, PHR Editor-in-chief, discussed the popular story lines of a love story—marriage of convenience, secret baby, rags to riches, etc. that are inflamed more by the external and internal conflicts of the characters. Abet Cruz, a creative writing assistant, tackled another rudiment in writing a story—the plot diagram or the way a story goes from the beginning to the end.

Participants are also asked to write their own stories out of the given concepts of characters, plots, and conflicts. They also learned the secret in writing a good teaser, hence, they are able to compose teasers for the novels they are working on. They have presented different teasers that are compelling enough to make the readers buy their books. All of their outputs are to be submitted until November.

A lot of millennials today, be it a boy or a girl, have dreamt of seeing their names on book covers as the author. But writing isn’t just for the young ones. Everybody can have a knack for writing—young professionals, working moms, single dads, etc. And I’m pretty sure that through this workshop, their passion to write has been ignited and dreams are within their reach.

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THE 3rd BE A PART OF THE EDITORIAL BOARD FOR A DAY

THE 3rd BE A PART OF THE EDITORIAL BOARD FOR A DAY: JULY 8, 2017

Editorial Board For A Day

Will you recommend this story to your friends? Did you fall in love with the hero? Did you care for the heroine? Is the story worth reading? Hindi ba sayang ang Php 42 or 45 mo? Hindi ka ba nakahinga sa kilig?

Kung “yes” ang lahat ng sagot sa mga tanong na nabanggit. Pass your papers. Approved ang manuscript. Maganda, pasado ang kuwento. Congratulations sa writer!

July 8, 2017—ang date na pinili ng Precious Pages Corp na bigyan ang mga readers ng pagkakataong makasama sa pangatlong “Be a Part of the Editorial Board for a Day”. Kung saan puwede kang magbasa ng mga raw manuscripts na pinasa ng mga aspiring writers, mag-QA, mag-comment at mag-express ng feeling kung hindi pasado sa iyong taste ang mga kwento.

Bukod  sa nabanggit sa itaas, ano-ano pa ba ang ibang guidelines para masabing “approved” o “return” ang isang manuscript? As what Ms. Edith Garcia, Editor-in-chief of PHR, had discussed:

  • Plot of the story. Halos lahat na ata ng plot sa mundo nagamit na sa pagsulat. Poor girl meets rich guy, you and me against the world at kung ano-ano pa. Pero may isang tanong pa rin tayong naitatanong bilang reader, “Naitawid ba nang maaayos?, May bagong twist ba?”
  • Would you recommend this story to your friends? May isang nagsabing, “No, dahil mataas ang standards nila.” Kung highly recommended ang story at tingin mo’y babasahin ito ng mga friends mo kahit enemies mo pa, eh, de approved!
  • Chemistry between the characters. This is important. Nagbabasa ang isang tao ng isang romance novel para kiligin, maniwala uli sa love at ma-in love.

After the reading, isa-isang idiniscuss ang mga na-assign na manuscript per group. May mga kinilig, may approved, pero mayroon din namang nainis at hindi nagustuhan ang kanilang binasa.

Over all, the event was exciting. (Aside from the free food  and pocketbook J) May chance ang bawat isa na i-voice out ang mga comments nila sa isang nobela. Nakatulong din ito para bigyan ng tips ang mga aspiring writers na um-attend kung sakaling sila na ang magpapasa ng sariling manuscript, soon.

The question is the same.

Will you recommend your story to your friends? Did you fall in love with your hero? Did you care for your heroine? Is the story worth reading? Hindi ba sayang ang Php 42 or 45 mo? Hindi ka ba nakahinga sa kilig? Naitawid ba ang plot?

Kung ang sagot ay “yes”. Congratulations! Approved ang nobela mo.