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Genre

  When we say genre, the first thing that comes into our minds is category. True, genres are categories of literary compositions. Each genre is determined by technique, tone, content, and even length. The criteria used to divide literary works into genres are not consistent. It changes constantly and it’s even a subject for debate Read more about Genre[…]

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DEAR IN SETS

The title of this article, DEAR IN SETS, may mean nothing to us. Actually, that’s an acronym I used to remember the different fiction writing modes or forms of expression. Just like essay writing, it has EDNA. No, not a woman but an acronym for its main writing modes: Exposition, Description, Narration, and Argumentation. However, Read more about DEAR IN SETS[…]

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AIDA and What Does It Have to Do With Writing

It has been a year now that I’ve stopped teaching and somehow I miss the campus life. But learning doesn’t start and end in a school, it goes on continuously. So I turn my blogs into a form of teaching hoping that those who read them learn a thing or two. Months ago, while discussing persuasive Read more about AIDA and What Does It Have to Do With Writing[…]

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Writing Prompt #1

Ever since I subscribed to Writer’s Digest, I keep a file of my favorite writing prompts. Writing prompts are sentences or situations you could use to help you start writing. These prompts help you overcome writer’s block and for me, a breeding ground of story ideas. Below is one of the exercises I wrote using Read more about Writing Prompt #1[…]

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An Invitation to Collaborate

At this point, I would like to invite everyone to collaborate with me. As the website’s name implies, this is a crime fiction laboratory. Let’s experiment on the stories that I’m writing. This is open to not only to all readers, writers, and crime fiction fans alike but also to graphic artists as they are also Read more about An Invitation to Collaborate[…]

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In Search For a Writing Mentor

It is not just a question of having or not having your own writing mentor. The real question here is: Do you really need a mentor or could you do without one? Opinions vary from writer to writer. But first, let’s take a closer look at what mentoring a writer is. When we say “mentor”, it Read more about In Search For a Writing Mentor[…]

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Who Cares? Just Make It Up! It’s Fiction.

As a fiction writer, that title is something easy to say. But as a journalist, writing should be based on facts. I’m not a professional journalist but I’ve been a news writer and managing editor for our school paper back in college. Writing news follows an inverted pyramid pattern and has to be factual and Read more about Who Cares? Just Make It Up! It’s Fiction.[…]

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All I Remember

DISCLAIMER: This is a work of FICTION IN PROGRESS.   I remembered holding a glass. I felt I had drunk its content because I felt my thirst was quenched. I remembered being refreshed after drinking something so cool. I couldn’t remember what I drank, though. Was it water? Was it wine? I looked around and Read more about All I Remember[…]

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Feel. Write. Repeat.

Imagine a friend has come to you for help. He/She dreams of becoming a writer but is burdened by fears. He/She worries he/she has no talent and has nothing to say. Perhaps he/she worries he/she’s taking precious time away from her family to pursue his/her selfish desire to write. For 15 minutes, write to that friend Read more about Feel. Write. Repeat.[…]

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Common Mistakes Even College Graduates Commit

As a writer, I’ve been keen in observing correct spelling and usage of the English language, or any language for that matter. Not only it shows how educated a person is, but also how someone respects the language or dialect. However, even educated men and women, those who have earned a college degree commit mistakes on Read more about Common Mistakes Even College Graduates Commit[…]

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The 8 Basic Stories In Which Other Stories Are Based Upon

Sometime after attending a screenplay writing workshop during the late nineties, I bought the book Teach Yourself Screenwriting by Raymond G. Frensham. And somewhere in the first part of that book, it mentioned about the eight basic stories. It is said that there are only eight stories in the world in which other stories — be it film, Read more about The 8 Basic Stories In Which Other Stories Are Based Upon[…]