Craft/How-to

Escriture

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In asking our pool of writers to write for our school org's newsletter, I have encountered several who cowered behind their fear –- fear, perhaps, of writing.  Writing appears to pose great problems to some of them, especially to those who claim to have no experience in writing at all.  Let me therefore allot this space to give a few hopefully helpful tips to my pool of writers and to those who seem to have qualms in writing as well.

Ronald Gue was born on April 20, 1985. His favorite authors include (but are not limited to) Milan Kundera, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Umberto Eco, Angela Manalang Gloria, Marjorie Evasco, J. Neil Garcia, Vicente Groyon III, F. H. Batacan, and Franz Kafka. He is currently on his fourth year at De La Salle University-Manila taking up a double degree and double major course,  BSE English and AB Literature. His favorite critics/professors include Dr. David Bayot, Dr. Paz "Doods" Santos, Dr. Cirilo Bautista, Dr. Isagani Cruz, Dr.

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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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our fate can tell...

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“Our fate can tell…”


 Is it the time?
Who will tell us when…
Our eyes and smile will meet in the firmament,
But I was left all alone… breathless,
 
Is it the place?
Who will tell us where…
To meet and to greet each other’s point of view
Though my heart is confused?
 
Is it our age?
Who will tell how compatible are we…
Who will help us to adjust with each other’s company?
Or will bind us with our same personality…
 
Is it your friend?
Who will tell me about your traits…
How humble and how tender your heart is
Though I’m a mean, cold-hearted creature,
 
Is it my palm?
Who will reveal my destination…
Where I am supposed to go,
Or where do I really belong?
 
Or, is it the flowers?
That blooms in the middle of the night…
Between the argument of thorns and fresh dews
Hiding along the river’s breezy wave,
 
Or is it my thought?
Who created you as an enemy…
Instead of a lover or a friend or a defender
Will you protect me for better?

I don’t know where, or when or how…
It’s just I’m desperately thinking, that I’m almost over you
Will you notice when I greeted you?
In silence or even in the dark?
 
I’ve tracked down thousands of mountain to reach you,
Fought hundreds of wild animals and numerous waves
To follow and to keep you alive,
In my mind though I know you’re too far from my sight…
 
Just hold on, hold on!
I’m nearly over its peak to tell you!
Though in silence, to unveil my revelation
When the right time comes, my soul will project…
 
“At last… “  My soul proclaim, though it’s too late…
That you already had somebody to love…
But still, I will sacrifice my feelings…. For the rest of my days,
My heart will remain…though I thought it was my fate
 
Yes it is… it is my fate…
To love somebody who didn’t even recognized me
In my crucial days, all by myself
Surpassing the rays of sunlight till moon abides…
With me in loneliness, where I find no rejection
Because it’s better this way though I’m a mean,
Dying restless…
In pain…
My fate…
 
Maria Neruda
 

A House Of Cards

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Now I’ll try to explain what it’s like to be screenwriter or, more accurately, what it’s like to write a screenplay.

I hesitate to say ‘I am a screenwriter’, although I will call myself this over just calling myself a writer. It’s kind of like--- being blonde but specifying yourself as a platinum blonde (applying popular stereotypes, that is where the comparison ends). I hesitate to do this because one, it sounds pretentious, and two, to date, of the screenplays I’ve written, only one’s been produced. So--- I guess I can call myself a screenwriter, just not a very successful one.

SENSITIVE

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ANG PINAKA-SENSITIVE NA NILALANG SA MUNDONG IBABAW AY ANG MGA LASING.

 

YAN ANG MGA PINAKA MAHIRAP KAUSAP.KALA MO NAGKAKAINTINDIHAN KAU,MAYAMAYA BIGLA KNLNG SISIGAWAN KC AKALA NYA MY NASABI KA O KYA MY CNABI KA NGA NA SOBRANG DINIBDIB NYA..

 

"GUYS,TINAMAAN AKO DON"

 

"TOL,ANG SAKIT NG CNABI MO HA"

 

"PRE,NALILIITAN KA ATA SAKIN E"

 

KAYA..

 

-WATCH UR WORDS!!!-

 

PERO OK LNG YN KC PAGCING NYO PARANG WALANG NANGYRI..

 

CLOSE PARIN KAU..

 

AT KINAGABIHAN..INUMAN ULET!

 

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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.

 

1. Read

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.

ü magic alkansya

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di ka ba makaipon? nagagalaw mo ba ang iniipon mo? naku, parehas tayo.  ganyan din ako dati.  pero ngayon, hindi na.

i-try mong mag-ipon sa magic alkansya.  ung prend kong babae e ganito kasi ang ginawa. sinubukan kong gawin ang method niya (na nakuha din niya sa kaclasmate nya na nakaipon ng humigit-kumulang 8,500.00).

ngayon, ginagawa ko na din to.  dati kasi hindi ako makaipon, pag mga 100 pesos pa lang, nagagastos ko na.  pero ngayon, todo ipon na ako.ü

papaano?

kumuha ng:
1.5-liter bottles ng coke. (bote lang)
kutsilyo (mag-ingat! mag-ingat sa paggamit!)

WRITING

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WRITING

I see the sparkling words on the empty page
I hear my thoughts in ravishing explosion
I taste the appetizing inspiration
I smell the freshly baked poetry
I feel the urge, the need in me
I think of pouring my ideas onto a paper
I sense images with rhythm and rhyme
I know what can appease my active mind
I believe in the great power of inscription
I wonder what is going to be my new creation
I imagine assembling the words on a scroll
I guess writing would soothe me after all.

Author is a Teacher Consultant to the DC Area Writing Project, now blogging at: http://teachersol.blogspot.com

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