Fiction Writing In The Philippines As Told By Irene Jurado
I love to read ever since I was child. When I was in grade-school I attempted to write a story but ended up only with snippets of scenes. Then life happens. I became busy being a teen, a college student, an employee and now a mother. But my love for reading did not change. It was only when I read a book; Interim Goddless of Love by Mina V. Esguerra awaken my secret dream to write again. So I read more books written by Filipino authors and join the #romanceclass community. It's my happy indulgence. When an opportunity came to write our own story and submit it, I took a chance. Nobody said it was easy especially for an aspiring writer like me. It took a lot of effort, years of practice and commitment before I could finally sent out to the world the story of my heart.
I am sharing this hoping to inspire some people who has a secret dream of writing too :)
1. Fiction Writing in the Philippines
(Encouragement for aspiring writers)
From the Philippine Daily Inquirer article dated March 7, 2016
"Today, more romances in English are being published and made available to Filipino readers than ever before."
That being said, anyone who loves to read books and believes in the magic of romance: the happily ever after; have the opportunity to write his or her own love story.
Here's some of the tips I learned when you want to write your story.
A. Read a lot of books in different genre. Young Adult, New Adult, historical romance, contemporary romance, etc.
B. Read about different main characters and love interest. Here in the Philippines, most stories revolve around an ordinary girl meeting a guy who is ultimately rich and handsome and ends up with a happy ever after. You could explore more. Your main character can be an empowered woman who is working in a corporate world who meets an equally smart business tycoon. Or a chef falls in love with a rival chef.
C. Learn from the experienced authors. And aside from writing your story, you need to look at the technical side like finding a good plot, vocabulary, grammar, and how to use the punctuation marks appropriately.
1. The encouraging reader
2. The encouraging critic
3. The critic - honest/brutal/harsh
E. Write anything that comes from your heart and what you truly enjoy. Writing should make you and the readers happy. It shouldn't give you too much stress. When you enjoy what you do, the words and ideas will flow naturally.
2. Popular fiction writers in the Philippines
Here's a link of the Famous Writers from the Philippines :
For romance, this is my personal list of popular fiction writers:
1. Mina V. Esguerra
2. Six Delos Reyes
3. Tara Frejas
4. Ines Bautista-Yao
5. Anne Plaza
6. Agay Llanera
7. Jay E. Tria
There are a lot more of awesome authors that you can discover by joining the #romanceclass community group in Facebook.
1. Attend writing workshops. There are people who offer writing workshops for free or you can enroll in a workshop to improve your knowledge in writing skills.
Here's the latest workshop that you may want to attend to from Mina V. Esguerra
#romanceclass intro: May 20, 2017
2. There are a lot books that will help you improve your writing skills. You just need to find a book that works for you. Mine is #romanceclass textbook by Mina V. Esguerra.
Here is the link where I bought the book by Mina V. Esguerra.