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“Hello Neighbor” author Aril Daine is a fan of “She’s Dating the Gangster”!

NoInk   |   17 January 2020


Get to know the writer life of Aril Daine!

Writers are usually readers as well, and they get motivation and inspiration to write through the novels and stories they read. This case is not an unusual scenario for “Hello Neighbor” author, Aril Daine, as she admits to have cried over the Wattpad famous story, “She’s Dating the Gangster”.

Digging deeper to her life as a writer, NoInk has interviewed Aril Daine and asked her more questions about her moments as a writer and how she writes. As she narrates, her first written story was penned back when she was just a high school student. She wrote a fantasy-adventure story that only a few of her friends have read, but she also spills that she is rewriting this particular story, although she is not still finished with its revision.

Aril Daine also tells that she can narrate to the characters she creates for her stories. This is because she writes them patterned with her personality. She also mentioned tells that some of the scenarios in the stories she has already written actually happened to her in real-life. That makes the story more relatable, don’t you think?

Meanwhile, when asked to whom she dedicates her writing, first, she says that she writes for herself. For Aril Daine, writing is her way to “cope up things” and tell the stories she cannot verbalize to other people. She also thanks her loyal readers who are with her since day 1. She expresses her gratitude for them because even though she went on hiatus, these readers stay by her side and still supported her, still reading and sharing her new stories.


Aril Daine’s writing tips

NoInk asked our featured author to share some of her writing tips and these are what she shared to us:

  • Ideas: Isulat lahat ng ideya na pumapasok sa isip kasi minsan pwede ring pagtagpi-tagpiin ang mga ito para makabuo ng panibagong kwento.
  • Be observant: Pwede kasing mailagay sa mga scene ang ibang nangyayari sa paligid mo.
  • Makinig: Minsan need din maging chismosa kasi pwedeng makaisip ng panibagong kwento gamit ang sitwasyon ng mga kaibigan.
  • Brainstorming: Nakakakatulong din na may kausap ka tungkol sa kwento na binubuo dahil hindi mo nalilimitahan ang sarili mo.
  • Why: Laging magtanong ng “bakit” kapag nagsusulat. Bakit ganun siya? Bakit nandun siya sa sitwasyon na yun?, etc. Ginagawa ito para magkaroon ng solid background ang sinusulat at ang karakter mo.


About “Hello, Neighbor”, in the author’s own words


“Ito ay tungkol sa babae na mababa ang confidence pero pinupunuan naman niya iyon sa pagiging hardworking nya. Ito ay kwento ng isang babae na for once ay pinili naman ang sarili at lumayo sa mga taong di sadyang nakapanakit sa kanya.”


Grab a copy of “Hello, Neighbor” by Aril Daine on leading book stores nationwide and ABS-CBN Books’ online stores for only P195.




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