Hi. So, I haven’t posted in a while. I know I promised to write more, but life keeps on happening. I spent most of my Christmas vacation writing (and napping, tbh) and now, school has begun again. It’s hard. Second year’s a lot harder than first year. Everything’s too technical, but I am enjoying every second. I love learning about new things—especially those I can use in real life.
Yesteday, I just concluded writing Play The Game. It’s the story that’s been bugging me even before I started going to law school. I have always been fascinated with the world of law, but I didn’t have the chance to write it properly. Well, I did try before (Just This Once), but I felt like it didn’t give much justice since I really didn’t know what I was doing back then. All I had were ideas about what’s happening in law school… but thankfully, I now have the opportunity to experience it first hand. That’s why PTG is so close to my heart. It’s like my dream project… and I am just happy that (I think) I pulled it off.
I also wanted to share all the things I learned from school. I think they’d really help my readers. I wanted to use my platform to educate. I mean, I have the platform, might as well use it. I sincerely hope that they learned something. In the Book2, I’d tackle more about Family Law, and I think it’s something that’s very useful? But Book3 will probably be the most educational because it will tackle search and seizures and what to do in case you’re stopped by authorities, what are your rights, etc. Aaaahhhh it’s gonna be so fun! And educational!
Anyway, before I started writing PTG, I wrote the whole outline. I knew it’s gonna be a complicated story, so I wanted to know everything about it before I even begin with it. I did all the things that I never did with my other words—I did a very detailed outline and character profiles. They’re like real people in my head. They have study schedule, personal preferences, all the works. It’s just a brand new experience for me.
When I started writing it, I was excited and nervous at the same time. I knew that (some) of my readers are kinda scared of reading my stories. They’re traumatized, I think, but this one… This one, I really wanted to write. Before I began writing it, I told myself, it wouldn’t matter if I’d lose more readers. I want this story. I’ll write it. It’s my dream.
And I did… and wow.
I was honestly stunned with the reception I got. I mean, sure, all my stories are loved by my readers, but PTG’s on a different level (although I think JTS still has the crown idk haha). I feel like it’s because PTG has all the elements that I (personally) like in a story. It has mystery, humor, romance, social commentary, and a little bit of law. I mean, this is the story that I wanted to read myself! Seriously. I was looking for something like PTG for a loooong time, but I couldn’t find any (segue, if you have a recommendation, do tell me! I’d love to read something like PTG). So, if I can’t find one, I’d write one.
Honestly, I thought the readers would take it against Kitty that she married someone else. I honestly expected people to bash her, telling her that she’s not good enough for Jax because she’s been with someone else…
But I got none of that comment.
It’s… wow. It’s honestly astounding. I am very happy that I have mature readers, that they are growing with me.
Anyway, here are the things that I learned about PTG:
- It’s never okay to hurt the person whom you love—physically, emotionally, psychologically. Just don’t. No reason would justify it.
- It’s okay to ask for help. Don’t be ashamed to ask for help. It’s okay. It’s normal. There’s no shame in knowing that you need help. Stop the stigma.
- It’s okay to be alone. You don’t have to settle. Like how Jax said it—he’d rather end up alone than be with someone who he didn’t love. And it’s okay. Being alone doesn’t mean you’re lonely. The same thing as being with someone else doesn’t mean that you’re happy. You make your own definition of being happy. Stop letting society dictate your life for you.
- You can love someone, but still hold him/her accountable for his/her mistakes. You don’t have to make yourself blind and willingly accept everything. It doesn’t work that way—it shouldn’t work that way.
- You don’t have to stay if you’re not happy. You can always stop.
- Love. Just love.
- Learn to forgive. You don’t have to forget, but do learn to forgive. It will make you feel lighter.
- Friends. Find people who will love you and support you unconditionally. If you find those people? Treasure them. Love them. Make them feel that you appreciate them. I swear it’s hard to find that kind of people. So if you have them in your life now, make sure to tell them that you’re happy they’re in your life.
- Failure shouldn’t stop you. It’s just a lesson learned. Do better. Be more prepared.
- And lastly, live without fear. You only live once. Live it fearlessly.
Thank you for loving Juan Alexandro and Katherine Tyrese.