#JustWritePH—For the Win
Authors: Viai, Maita Rue, Mary Beatrice Ponce, and Saelynne G. LeClerk
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Insurmountable challenges from supernatural beings, political scandals in vast kingdoms, post-apocalyptic survival, and…dealing with the extended family? All in a day’s work for the characters in this thrilling bundle of stories about overcoming obstacles and testing their resolve.
Hunter Zero by Viai
Hunters – people who exterminate supernatural elements from the world. A certain element, called the Nis, latches on to our main protagonist, Eri Geiju, a stern-looking high school student with a peculiar reputation. This catches the attention of two professional hunters, Eight and Ten and opens her eyes to the true nature of the Hunting business.
The Seeker’s Inn by Maita Rue
Alexandra Jekyll inherits the Seeker’s Inn but there is a condition. Dearly departed Aunt Emily states that she has to run the inn for a full season in order to keep it. Simple, right? Things get complicated when she arrives to find Aunt Emily’s nephew, Dunstan Draycott, also claiming the inn. Alexandra is determined to keep the inn for herself and for her little sister. She is reluctant to call on her twin, Alexa Hyde, who was showing an interest in Aunt Emily’s nephew, for help. Will Hyde and Jekyll work together or will their rivalry tear the inn and their hearts apart?
A Solarpunk Fairytale by Mary Beatrice Ponce
Eons ago, the world was at an end. However, the days of that nightmarish apocalypse have long since past. Through the combined efforts of the various races, life flourished once again. But when Godfreed Bayani and her service dragon, Ludwig the Steadfast, uncover the remnants of a bygone age, the fate of the progressive land of Celestiano hangs in the balance. When the future meets the past, a duality is revealed and everyone must begin to understand why the world had to make such a drastic change to survive.
Her Highness, The Handmaiden: Ascension by Saelynne G. LeClerk
To ascend to the throne is no easy task as many would think and to be a handmaiden caught in the middle of a kingdom-wide scandal, there is no real way to go but to follow what you are told. Follow Helena in her quest to ascend to the throne and find who her real friends are and who may her enemies in the shadows be.
[Guest Post] Playlist for A Solarpunk Fairytale by Mary Beatrice Ponce
If memory serves me right, it was Plato who said “Music is the Language of the Soul”. If not, then the old adage still holds. Music is often a pure expression of emotion and can be really useful in a pinch to get into the right mood in order to start writing.
Music is highly subjective, so there are no hard and fast rules here. What I’ll be presenting here are merely playlist suggestions. If they work for you, then excellent! If they don’t, then don’t be disheartened. You’ll just have to find our own groove.
A good song to start with for general writing is “Despite What You’ve Been Told” by Two Gallants. It is fairly upbeat and is perfect to get you into the rhythm when you’re still trying to figure out what to write about.
Speaking of upbeat, if you’re looking for something that conveys unbridled enthusiasm and optimism, might I suggest listening to either “I’m Ready” by AJR or “Everything is Awesome” by Tegan and Sara feat. The Lonely Island? As the latter song is from the Lego Movie, it can also get those creative juices pumping since it is about finding imagination and ingenuity in everything.
Or perhaps you’re looking for something a bit more melancholy. If so, then “Let It Be” by the Beatles should be your go-to song. It’s a classic and you can’t go wrong with the Beatles. This is recommended when you’re writing a character who must find peace in the midst of profound grief and/or tragic loss.
How about a song for when your character is undergoing a great trial or conflict and must come out victorious at the end? Give a listen to “Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger” by Daft Punk. I guarantee that you’ll probably end up with your character in at least a training montage by the time this song is done.
Maybe you’re looking for something to get the adrenaline pumping because you want to write an angry character, full of rage and barely containing a tempest within. “Hell To Your Doorstep” by Thomas Borchert is the song for you. It’s from the “Count of Monte Cristo” musical so the revenge plot is a bonus if you’d like to use that as your character’s motivation.
Is righteous fury not enough for you? What if your character has actually fallen down the slippery slope and has become completely deranged? My prescription would be “The Perfect Drug” by Nine Inch Nails. A dosage is also recommended when you need a character with a deep and unhealthy obsession.
Well, that got dark. Maybe we can lighten up the mood just a little but not too much with some intense friendship. “Take My Hand” by Simple Plan is a song about trust. This is a song for when you need your characters to depend on each other during a crisis or dilemma.
But what if your characters are more than just friends? Are they romantically involved? Who knows? You, the writer, might, but your characters certainly won’t. If you need to get into the mood for choosing love – the character’s love, that is, – then listen to “Habanera” by Georges Bizet. It’s a classic for a reason. Note that this is not a love song. It’s more of a “mulling over love” song.
Let’s say your characters are actually in love. They are hopelessly, desperately in love and will do anything for each other. The love song I suggest is “All I Ask of You” by Andrew Lloyd Webber. This is from the “Phantom of the Opera” musical, so feel free to take inspiration from the love story there as well.
On the other hand, it’s possible your One True Pairing might not be so true after all. Character A was left heartbroken when his/her advances were spurned by character B. Time to break out the alcohol and listen to “On My Own” by Claude-Michel Schönberg from the musical “Les Miserables”. If you’re not a sopping mess on the floor by the end of this song, your character will be.
After that upsetting experience, your character may need to look inward and re-evaluate their life choices. Your character will need some introspection and will seek moral support. The song for this moment would be “Somewhere Only We Know” by Lily Allen.
Finally, your character has reached a catharsis and knows what to do now. A fitting song of realization is “Wake Me Up” by Aviici. This should help your character find his/her way and see it through to the end.
Well, there you have it! A basic but complete rundown of my recommended playlist when writing scenes and characters! Try it out and see what works for you. Even if it doesn’t, you might be surprised with what you can come up with. But most importantly, enjoy your writing. It’s about the journey, not the destination.