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Trip to Quiapo -- Section Six: Writing 2. Istorya at Structure

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30. Pagsulat ng Storyline.

Bago isulat o matapos isulat ang storyline ay may mga tanong na makakatulong.

Kanino ba ang istorya? Ano ang problema niya? Ano ang gusto niya? O ang hindi niya gusto? Aware ba siya tungkol dito? Ano ang gagawin niya? Paano nagri-react ang iba sa problema niya? At sa naisipan niyang solusyon? Ano ba talaga ang problema niya? Anong nangyari sa problema sa huli? Anong pagbabago ang nangyari sa kanya? Tungkol ba talaga saan ang istorya?

This article is excerpted from the screenwriting manual Trip to Quiapo with permission from the author, Ricky Lee. Ricardo Lee, aside from being one of the premier scriptwriters in the Philippines is also a multi-awarded fictionist, journalist, and playwright. He is also one of the 100 Centennial Awardees of the Cultural Center of the Philippines, and a Gawad-Balagtas Awardee 2000 of the Unyon ng mga Manunulat sa Pilipinas (UMPIL).

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Trip to Quiapo -- Section One: Mga Pundasyon

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1. Ang Pagpunta sa Quiapo.

Hindi ka tuturuan ng librong ito kung paano magsulat. Buhay ang gagawa n’on.

Kung naituturo ang pagsusulat, disin sana’y kasingdami ng tinapay ang magagandang scripts.

Hindi rin ibibigay ng librong ito lahat ng sagot. Kagaya sa tunay na buhay, walang iisang pormula sa pagsusulat. Ikaw ang maghahanap ng sagot.

This article is excerpted from the screenwriting manual Trip to Quiapo with permission from the author, Ricky Lee. Ricardo Lee, aside from being one of the premier scriptwriters in the Philippines is also a multi-awarded fictionist, journalist, and playwright. He is also one of the 100 Centennial Awardees of the Cultural Center of the Philippines, and a Gawad-Balagtas Awardee 2000 of the Unyon ng mga Manunulat sa Pilipinas (UMPIL).

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How to Look for Short Story Ideas

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So you've decided to write a short story, but are a bit stumped by one minor detail –- you don't know what to write about. Here are a few suggestions, most of them based on my own writing experience, on how to look for short story seeds, and how to go about growing them so that they can flower into short story masterpieces.

 

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Dino Manrique is the owner/publisher of FilipinoWriter.com. Most of his stories and poems have appeared in the Philippines Free Press and Philippine Graphic. You may reach him at filipinowriter(at)gmail(dot)com.

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How to Read a Short Story

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A friend of mine recently asked me how to read a short story. She asked me through text (SMS) message, and I had to think on my feet and give her a quick answer. Being in SMS, my response was short but I think it captured the gist of what one has to have in mind when reading a short story. This article will be the longer version of my reply. I will be talking about the realistic story, but you may apply it to the postmodern short story (e.g., the fantastic) if you want.

 

INTUITIVE TO ANALYTICAL

Dino Manrique is the owner/publisher of Filipinowriter.com. You may reach him at filipinowriter(at)gmail(dot)com.

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Creative Publishing

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(Delivered [by Antonio A. Hidalgo] at the symposium, “Know Your Assets in Research,” July 29, 2005, University of Santo Tomas, Manila)

Antonio A. Hidalgo is President & CEO of Milflores Publishing. Inc. He turned to writing fiction in his fifties, after completing an international career as the highest-ranking Filipino in UNICEF, and serving in the cabinet of former President Ramos as Secretary General of the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC). He has published six collections of his short fiction and plays (two in English, two in Filipino, two bilingual).

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Copyright and Rights Explained

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In order for us writers to protect ourselves, we should be more aware of the rights we own when it comes to our works. What follows is an explanation of copyright and various publishing rights as I understand them based on my experiences freelancing for international magazines, and on my own research.

Dino Manrique is the owner/publisher of FilipinoWriter.com.