“It’s more fun in the Philippines!”

Tourist I used to read a lot of Filipino novels when I was young. There was this writer whom I liked very much for his detailed description of places his characters went to. Whenever I read his novels, it seemed like I was traveling with his heroes and heroines, too. His settings were not extraordinary special but he…

Can I use real place in my story?

You may have asked yourself a number of times:  Can I use real places in my story?  Is it legal? Well, there are a lot of novels out there that use real places and the authors were never sued. Some of them who were bold enough even pictured out those places in a bad light, e.g….

Gone forever

Voyage Whenever I see a body of water, I remember my father. He was a seafarer and he was always on a voyage. He died of cancer when I was 12. Though it was a long time ago, I can still remember with clarity the dream I had on the first night of his death….

Awe-someness

Awe   One of the perks of living in Japan is witnessing sakura blooms in Spring. I’m always in awe of its beauty. Part of its magic is its timing. It comes after a long period of cold weather. It somehow tells me to never give up when life’s adversities come knocking me down because at…

To be with or not to be…

  Companion When I was a lot younger, I was never picky about companions. I adjusted my personality based on who I was with. I was just too eager to please everybody back then. Later, I realized that no matter how much you try to please others, you can’t just make everybody happy. There will…

Writing: A talent or a skill?

Some people say writers are born not made. I beg to disagree. For me, if you have a passion for writing you can be a writer, too. Having said that, I don’t deny the fact that talent can make a difference. What I’m just trying to point out is if you are really into writing, you can also…

Why Romance?

If you’re thinking about making a career out of writing, I recommend you write about romance. Why romance?  The reason is simple. There’s money in it. If you’ve noticed, most novels being published talk about romance. There’s a huge number of publishers that concentrate more on romance than any other genre because it sells. Now, enough…