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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Writing What Matters

I’ve been beta-reading some manuscripts on my down time between writing and studying, and I’ve found myself giving the same pieces of advice to these writers regarding their stories. One of the things that I’ve found myself commenting on a lot involve scenes, and the writing of scenes in particular; from what I’ve seen in the early drafts that have

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Words of Wisdom: Austin Kleon

I just looked at the entry count for this blog, and I just realized that we’re getting close to the 100th post for The Great Big Jump. Two milestones in one month! As a gift to all of you, I will share these words of wisdom from  Steal Like an Artist: 10 Things Nobody Told You About Being Creative by Austin

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Words of Wisdom: The Black List Edition

From Screenwriting Tips, You Hack by Xander Bennett: Don’t apologize for your weird idea. Embrace it, explain it, and learn how to make others understand it. The STYH blog is in association with The Black List. Read the 2012 edition of the list – and browse through the archives – here. Follow Xander Bennett on Twitter.

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The Great Big Anniversary

I know, I  know, you’re probably wondering: The first real post on this blog happened on January 3, and I didn’t post again until the first “official” entry on January 17. Why, then, would the “anniversary” of The Great Big Jump fall on January 7? Simple: Because THIS HAPPENED. Matty D, you’re next. (Flat Jeremy was a Christmas gift from my

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Words of Wisdom: Tina Fey

From Bossypants, under “My Bossypants Managerial Techniques”: I’ll admit that as a female producer I have a tacit “no hot-heads” policy. For years, to be considered a genius at comedy, people had to be “dangerous” and “unpredictable.” I have met some very dangerous, erratic, funny people over the years, people I admire, but I don’t want to work with them

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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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