Writing Research 101: HELP


So you’ve got the most brilliant idea for a story. Yes! You know what your MC is like, what your LI looks like (yeeeesss!) and how it ends. Now to the hard part of outlining it.

Yes, I outline books like a nutter, only because I have a tendency to go off-tangent when I write. Structure keeps me from following minor plot lines down rabbit holes.

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#romanceclass Journalist Lecture!

(Video by Chi Rodriguez!)

How do we even begin to sort out our feelings?

It’s been a few days since we had our #romanceclass lecture, where we invited journalists to come over and talk about their jobs, relationships (wink wink) and other things!

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Set A Story in Hong Kong


Here’s a new idea. When I write, I always find myself relentlessly Googling things for my characters–quirks, usually depending on the job. But I wondered if it would be helpful if I wrote a Settings Primer to the different places I visited, just in case anyone wanted it. So without any further ado, here’s a quick primer of things you need to know when you want to set your story in Hong Kong. With pictures.

I’ve been going in and out of Hong Kong since I was a little girl, and the city has changed massively since I first started going. It’s become a powerhouse, a place where westerners can come and be fascinated by Asia without feeling too alienated. Most people speak English, and it’s impossible to take a walk down the street without seeing a Filipino. Here are some things to consider when you want to set your story in Hong Kong.

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