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NoInk’s 1-2-3 Steps to Millennial Storytelling a Great Success!

NoInk   |   15 August 2018


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Raffles Makati—Drenching downpours did not keep the gathering of writers, authors, book lovers away that wanted to celebrate their passion for the literary arts through NoInk’s1-2-3 Steps to Millennial Storytelling in the annual Philippine Readers and Writers Festival Saturday afternoon.


1-2-3 Steps to Millennial Storytelling is a panel discussion where writers like Patricia Nicole “Patyeah” Danao, Binibining Mia;  Ma. Ana Theresa “TheLadyInBlack” Cruzate; Ethyl dela Peña;  Mari Kris “Makiwander” Ong and publisher/editor Alex Cruz answer the questions asked by the moderator, Yesu Labrado about the basics of storytelling, finding the writer’s niche and content marketing for authors. 




When Yesu asked the panel, about what’s the first step they undertake when starting a story, Alex answered it with “Generally wala talagang step na pwedeng gamitin. Iba-iba ang mga writers. Pero kung meron kang idea na pumasok sa isip mo, the best way is to write it down, gawa ka ng quick draft kahit 2-3 paragraph na tingin mo ‘yon ang tatakbuhin ng kwento, then afterwards basahin mo. Kapag binasa mo, tingnan mo kung may sense ba. Kapag may sense tuloy mo lang.”


Makiwander discussed on how she come up with the elements of her stories, “Ang una kong iniisip when writing a story is the plot. I usually get inspired with the movie I last watch or a book, I have last read. Pinakaimportante na gusto mo ‘yong isusulat mo. Write what interest you. Second, your strength and weakness of your character and how do the readers will love your characters. Setting, I make sure that I’ve been to that place or make a research about it.With regards to premise, use the social issues, para mas maging malalim ‘yong story.”


In Patyeah’s point of view on what’s the most important thing to remember when writing a story, she said, “Nobody nails it the first time. I failed a couple of times but my pet is to continue writing, if that’s what you love to do.”


Ethyl’s thoughts about how she found her niche was, “Bini-base ko lahat ng sinusulat ko on my experience. It’s my way of sharing sa book a part of me. Gusto kong masabi ng mga readers ko na, ‘Ah…nangyari din sa ‘kin ‘yan’. For inspiration, use your own experiences. Para mas relatable at makuha mo ‘yon loob ng readers mo.”


According to TheLadyInBlack, when she was asked if she write for a specific audience, or do she write for herself, she answered it with, “Nagsusulat ako for myself, ‘yong gusto ko lang isulat para mailabas ko kung anong nararamdaman ko at gusto kong mangyari.”


When Binibining Mia was asked about her personal goals in story writing and experiences as she reach them, “Personal goals, bago ka magsulat ng story, una mong iko-condition sa utak mo, panindigan mo siya hanggang huli. ‘Wag mo siyang iwan, ikaw ang nagsimulang nagsulat no’n, tapusin mo siya.” 


After the panel discussion, ABS-CBN Publishing Inc. launched I Love You Since 1892 written by Binibining Mia.



The event was a great success and was just the beginning of creating a highly active and connected community for readers and writers with innovative and fresh ideas. NoInk will endeavour to provide the right platforms for this and tailor future events to further strengthen our love for reading and writing.


Thank you to all who joined us.


You can also check out the “I Love You Since 1892” book preview HERE



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