books, this is how I write

Happy Endings and Other Complications

Atom Araullo, ladies and gentlemen. (Not my inspiration for Daniel, but you can see why he would.) My love of writing romance is well-documented on social media; I’ve been quite honest about how much I love writing swoon-worthy heroes and happy endings. But it wasn’t always that way. As a creative writing major in my early twenties, I had been…

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Beyond The Stars

First things first: Yes, I was at the #BitterxSweet event at Ayala Museum, where I sold Crushingly Close and Save the Cake (and signed both books for fans) as well as stuck around for the live readings. Unfortunately, I don’t have pictures from that event, for various reasons. There are, however, pictures of me comforting my fellow #romanceclass authors while…

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So I Finished A Manuscript (#romanceclass2017 Edition)

After several days of struggling with time management, snit fits, and numerous distractions, I finally finished my first manuscript for 2017. If you do the math, that means I’ve finished three manuscripts in the span of six months (with this on-and-off one being the first and NaNoWriMo for the second), so I must have had a lot of time and…

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The Road to NaNoWriMo 2016: Week 1 Progress

(Screengrab: my original Scrivener file for Nine Years Away. Click to enlarge!)  And we’re off!  It’s been only five days, but I’ve been seeing some progress. Right now my word count is at 14,977 words, with an average of 2.496 words daily according to the NaNoWriMo site–a little over the 2,000 words per day that I’ve allotted for myself this…

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authors, books, save the cake, writing

Thoughts on #FeelsFest 2016

Before I begin, let me clarify that this is not an event recap for #FeelsFest. There were other things that happened on October 22, but I felt like I should share a more personal account of how I felt after going through what I believe is an unforgettable experience for me, especially as a writer. And it’s all because of…

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The Road to NaNoWriMo 2016: Building Characters

One of the weaknesses that I’ve noticed in my writing comes from characterization: judging from the reviews that I’ve gotten for my books, it seems as if my characters don’t seem to fall in line with the other beats of the story. I understand where this is coming from–in a way, it’s a leftover from my days as a pantser–but…

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ANNOUNCEMENT: Feels Fest 2016!

Note: I will be attending this event! Buy our books, get them signed, or just say hi!  Romancing October: #romanceclass FeelsFest at Glorietta 5  Buy some feels & listen to a little love at the #romanceclass FeelsFest on Saturday, October 22, at Glorietta 5  Ghosts, skeletons, and cobwebs might be decorating the windows of shops these days, but why give…

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