My Teaser Thursday Experience

Last week, I took part in the first-ever Teaser Thursday for #romanceclass. Teaser Thursdays are for writers who want passages from their works-in-progress performed by live readers to diagnose strengths and weaknesses in their writing. For this session, five writers submitted excerpts to be read by theater actors Fred Lo and Gab Pangilinan before a live audience at Cafe Publico

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The Heroine Of My Own Story

By the time you read this, it would be New Year’s Eve, and I would be preparing for a party somewhere, dressed up to celebrate the arrival of 2018. Before we toast the new year, however, I want to share one last reflection on the past year. A few months ago, I posted this picture on Instagram as part of

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Rebuilding The Story: Nine Years Away, Part 3 (Plot)

If there’s anything that I’d learned in the last three months, it’s the understanding that plotting a romance manuscript is different from plotting novels in different genres. I’d spent months reading story structure books to see how I could build up the romance based on the relationship between two people, and still I feel like I have a lot to

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Rebuilding The Story: Nine Years Away, Part 2 (Characterization)

Last week I mentioned that I kept a story bible for Nine Years Away, which was basically a journal of anything and everything related to the manuscript. It was less organized than a bullet journal, but more structured than a plain ol’ brain dump. It was my way of making sense of all the stuff that had gone out of control

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Rebuilding the Story: Nine Years Away, Part 1 (Story Bible)

First of all, let me explain: Nine Years Away is the story I wrote for #NaNoWriMo2016. I took several breaks from working on the revisions because of other projects that took greater priority over this one. After a month of not drafting anything, however, I finally went over the beta reader notes for this book in preparation for the revisions

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Rebuilding The Story, or My Book 6 Update

They say that the best ideas happen when you’re in the shower, and for a long time I thought that it wasn’t going to happen to me. Well, it did, and it practically changed an entire book for me. It all happened after I turned in the edits to #romanceclass2017. I wanted to take a break from writing books, but

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Stella Torres

is the author of the adult contemporary romances Save the Cake, Crushingly Close, and Nine Years Away, as well as the short story “Be Creative” in the anthology Kids These Days: Stories from Luna East Vol. 1.

In her previous life, she has worked in public relations, taught English as a second language, and even attended graduate school (twice!). She has lived in Indonesia, Honolulu, and Quezon City before moving back to her hometown of Los Banos, a few hours’ drive (with traffic) from the heart of Manila.

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