Thursday, April 30, 2020

On Using Romance Novel Plot Generator Website

The concept of the story below was actually made by a certain romance novel plot generator website. Not entirely though. Fill in the blanks siya, it'll just help you come up with a plot for your novel. Genius, eh?

So ayun, sinubukan ko siya. Actually, I've tried a few pero pare-pareho lang naman ang ino-offer nila at karamihan ay nonsense haha. This certain site kung saan na-generate 'yung pinost ko na That Moonless Summer Night was actually good as long as malawak ang imagination mo para mas ma-develop ang plot. Ang downside, 'yung ibang parts, inuulit-ulit lang. Iniiba lang ang names, characterization, location, jobs at conflict. Fill in the blanks lang talaga kaya hindi malayong may makapareho ang magiging story mo lalo na kung magde-depend ka lang sa plot generator.

Though the plot was generated, marami akong idinagdag at binago, bukod sa tinraslate ko siya sa Tagalog kaya guilt-free pa rin kahit paano. At sa akin galing ang title, so I can still use it in my next project. 

Monday, April 27, 2020

Advantage and Disadvantages of Being a Writer

1. Advantage: You get paid for what you love doing. Though hindi kalakihan, masarap pa rin sa pakiramdam ‘yung napagkakakitaan mo ‘yung passion mo haha.

Disadvantage: Most of the time, lalo na kapag bago pa lang, you don’t really get anything from writing, especially in novel writing. Magsusulat ka para mag-ipon muna ng kaalaman at lakas ng loob. Bubuo ka muna ng ‘portfolio’ at magagawa mo lang ito kung magsusulat ka nang magsusulat at ipapabasa sa iba nang libre.


2. Advantage: Wala nang mas sasarap pa sa high na nararamdaman mo sa tuwing may naa-approve na manuscript. Ibig lang sabihin, malaki ang potensiyal mo na maging tulad ng isa sa mga hinahangaan mong manunulat.

Disadvantage: Rejection. Dahil hindi naman parating maa-approve ng pubhouse ang nobela natin. Masakit, siyempre. Pinaghirapan mo, eh. Pinagpuyatan. Tapos, ibabasura lang. Cheret.

Sunday, April 26, 2020

Old Plot, New Twist

Kakaunti pa lang naman ang naisusulat natin pero bakit feeling natin parang naisulat na natin lahat? Kaya sobrang nakakahanga ‘yung mga beterano’ng writers na patuloy pa ring nagsusulat at hindi nawawalan ng mga ideya.

Mahirap kumawala sa cliche story dahil halos imposible nang makabasa ng unique plot sa ngayon. Ang p’wede lang siguro nating gawin bilang mga manunulat ay maging creative to make cliche work for our advantage.

Kung mayroon kang cliche na idea o character, mag-isip ka ng paraan kung paano magiging ‘kakaiba’.

Wednesday, April 22, 2020

Password to your Heart - CHAPTER 3


The Verdict

PRESENT, December 20, 2008

HI.”

Ngingiti ba siya? Tama ba na ngumiti siya?

Tumayo si Evan mula sa pagkakaupo at hinintay na makalapit si Celine. She was wearing something formal that night, a very simple black dress, which was paired with black high-heels. He just looked at her as she comes closer.

“Hi, it’s been a long time.”

“Yeah,” sagot ni Celine. Too long, in fact. Naupo siya at hinintay lang ang susunod na sasabihin ng binata. Iba-iba ang nararamdaman ni Celine nang mga oras na iyon – excitement, fear, apprehension, disappointment. Yes, she’s feeling a whole lot of feelings at that certain moment. It has been two years. Two goddamn years! It was like she’s waiting for a death sentence.

“How have you been?”

“Good.” What else should she say? Na halos gabi-gabi siyang hindi makatulog, na bawat minuto niya itong iniisip at walang araw na hindi niya pinalangin na sana ay hindi na lang niya sinabi ang mga nasabi niya sa e-mail sa binata.

“You look great.”

Tuesday, April 21, 2020

"ML o Ako?"

Hi po Miss Cee, alam ko medyo mababaw itong problema ko pero po kasi, simula nung maglockdown, syempre hindi na kami nagkikita ng boyfriend ko. Hanggang chat na lang po kami at videocall. Gusto ko po kasi sana, lagi kaming magchat kaya lagi kami nag-aaway kasi lagi siyang busy sa ML. Yun po lagi ang dahilan ng tampuhan namin kaya minsan parang gusto ko na lang makipag-break pero hindi ko po kaya kasi mahal na mahal ko po siya. Naiinis lang talaga ako lagi parang hindi niya ako priority. Pakiramdam ko po kasi mas importante po sa kanya ang game kesa sakin. Ano po gagawin ko? ~ Sarah

Sarah,

Marami yatang may ganyang problema ngayon, ano? Though sa simula, you'd think na oo nga, medyo mababaw pero if you 'really' think about it, may point kung bakit ka namomroblema. Because you should know your priorities when you are in a relationship. Okay lang naman na maglaro o mag-enjoy sa hobbies pero siyempre dapat, in moderation at dapat hindi nakaka-interfere sa quality of life at love life.

Monday, April 20, 2020

Writer’s Block pt. 2

Paano kung talagang hindi ka makapagsulat? ‘Yung kahit anong pilit mo, walang lumalabas na ideya? Hindi ka naman tinatamad dahil gustung-gusto mo na talagang magsulat pero sadyang may kung ano’ng humahadlang sa ‘yo para gawin ‘yon. That’s what we call writer’s block - some call it laziness or an excuse but whatever term we use for it, it’s real. It’s there, just waiting to devour you.

1. Tanggapin mo na hindi ka makapagsulat. Acceptance lang talaga minsan. Parang breakup. Hindi ka tuluyang makaka-move on kung hindi mo pa natatanggap na wala na talagang kayo.

Sunday, April 19, 2020

Password to your Heart - CHAPTER 2


Must be LOVE

Evan (8/26/2004 2:03:19 PM): Hi there!
Celine (8/26/2004 2:03:21 PM): Hi, sir.
Evan (8/26/2004 2:10:57 PM): You’ve got webcam?

Saglit muna siyang nag-isip. Oo, meron s’yang webcam pero ayaw niyang ipaalam sa boss niya na meron. Ayaw niyang magpakita rito dahil ayaw niyang makita nito na namimilipit siya sa sobrang kilig sa tuwing kausap niya ito.

Celine (8/26/2004 2:11:24 PM): Yes but I don’t think it’s working perfectly.
Evan (8/26/2004 2:11:28 PM): I see. I just bought a new one this morning. I want to try it. Wait...

O EM GEE.

Evan (8/26/2004 2:11:48 PM): You see it?

O EM GEE ulet.

Friday, April 17, 2020

'My Ex's Ex'

Hi ate I saw your post about giving about love problem and after reading your post. I'll try to asked you something. Sana matulongan niyo ako sa ibibigay niyong advise ito kasi. Alam nilang lahat na nakipaghiwalay na ako sa Ex ko tapos sinasabi ko sa kanila na masaya ako at maayos na naka-move on na pero ang totoo po kasi inisip ko pa rin siya gabi-gabi kahit mali na tapos naghahangad pa ako na contact-in niya ako ulit. Paano ko po ba siya kalimutan like yun hindi na nakalaan sa kanya utak ko at puso for real. Actually ate kaya po bawal na kami at nakipaghiwalay ako kasi nakabuntis siya ng ibang girl which is yun Ex niya po.

~ Ann

Thursday, April 16, 2020

Password to your Heart - CHAPTER 1

His Name is Evan

December 16, 2008

ILANG minuto nang nakatitig si Celine sa harap ng monitor ng kanyang laptop. Ilang ulit siyang nag-refresh at ilang ulit binasa ang laman ng Facebook private message na ‘yon.

I’ll be in Manila next week. Just for a few days. Hope we can have dinner.

Hindi niya napigilang kiligin dahil kung may isang mensahe siyang inaabang-abangan, iyon ay ang tinitingnan niya ngayon. She could feel her face become warm and she just had to cover her mouth when she gave out a loud giggle.

Wednesday, April 8, 2020

Password to your Heart TEASER

"I’ll wait for your heart to mend...no matter how long it takes..."

Falling in love with your boss is definitely not a good idea. Especially if your boss has that kind of appeal that could make all the girls go crazy. Idagdag pa ang masakit na katotohanan na sa internet lang umiikot ang inyong mundo. Pero hindi iyon naiwasan ni Celine. She fell for Evan the first time she laid her eyes on him – on his photograph, that is.

And just as she expected, having Evan as a boss is dangerous to the heart. There were times when she just wanted to stay away from her laptop and forget about him altogether. Because she knew right from the start that falling for someone like Evan would just break her heart.

Ito ay kwento ni Celine, isang dakilang web content writer na na-inlove sa isang American businessman-slash-professional blogger-slash-traveler-slash-drop-dead-gorgeous-heartbreaker.

May kahahantungan nga ba ang kanyang mala-rollercoaster ‘online love affair’ sa isang tulad ni Evan?

~

Password to your Heart – An Online Love Story
Copyright 2020 © by Cecilia Cordero-Raymundo
First published online on Tagalog Online Pocketbook



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