The Great Big Jump Presents: Nominated – The Polyvore Version

This post is brought to you by Claire Packard and Michael Grenoble. Copyright by Stella M.Torres, 2012. Protected by a Creative Commons License for Attribution-Non-Commercial Use. I had the chance to re-read Nominated again last week, in an attempt to pinpoint a few things that could help in improving the story. I tend to be more critical than most when

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Today’s Dispatch: Chasing Numbers

This post is brought to you by this GIF of Erik Spoelstra’s… um… passionate style of game-calling, as captured during Game 3 of the NBA Finals. (Disclosure: Both of our families are from the same barrio in the Philippines. Which is unfortunate, since it’s things like this – and my undying dislike of LeBron – that keep me from rooting for

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The Great Big Jump Presents: A Screenplay of Sorts – The Polyvore Version

Those of you who have been following my attempts to write this screenplay may be familiar with my struggle to create the character of Iris Garcia, the foil (and love interest) to our buddy Pete Driscoll. At first I couldn’t  figure out who she is, exactly: putting her character through all the worksheets made her look more interesting than a

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The Great Big Jump Presents: An Original Screenplay of Sorts, Part 2

Welcome to my second installment of An Original Screenplay of Sorts (current working title: Right Here, Right Now) in which I illustrate the thought process that goes into my writing. Today we will cover the infamous Proust Questionnaire, which I attempted last November for my two main characters in NaNoWriMo – you can read them here and here – but didn’t really think much

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The Great Big Jump Presents: An Original Screenplay… Of Sorts

Before I proceed, a fair warning: I am not a professional screenwriter, nor am I a published author. What I am, however, is a person who has too many creative ideas, and not enough time to get them out of my head. This explains my enthusiasm for writing tools that I can use to sort out whether or not a

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Today’s Dispatch: A Question of Character

This post is brought to you by Sugababes, by way of Gary Numan. —— In the last two entries, I’ve mentioned the concept of character development in writing, which I continue to work on and remedy on a constant basis. Nowhere has the concept been more evident than in the development of Nominated for Script Frenzy, where I had to

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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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