Now that’s what I’m talking about.

At the moment I am watching a Thai drama called 2Moons. It’s different from what I usually watch, but I absolutely love it. Not all of it, though, there is this one thing I dislike about it. The cliffhangers!

I need to breathe for this one.

I’ve talked about cliffhangers before and how they are the main reason that readers (and viewers!) come back for more.

This post is just me elaborating more on that (and ranting).

The drama is well written I can tell you that. The episodes flow nicely and the characters always make me laugh. They are silly just right. Meaning that they are not overdoing it. Something to consider when making silly characters.

Try to think of silly or jokeful character that you know. Think of the characters that you have watched or read about in your favourite books. Most of the time it feels naural, their personalities I mean. They feel like a real life character. Sometimes even someone you need in your life. As writer, that is what we mostly aim for.

Try to think of that when you are writing about any type of character.

Going back to cliffies (cliffhangers!), this drama had the worst kind. Imagine watching your favourite series on TV and then all of a sudden there is a power outage. Like character A had just asked an important question that could determine life and death (of your feels) and now you’ll never know.

“But Noku, isn’t that all cliffhangers?” Guys, it’s not the same!

A movie being cut off at 30 minutes. In movies that is when everything starts getting exciting. The action starts, or the romance develops, or someone dies. Imagine the movie getting cut off there!

These are no ordinary cliffhangers. These were made to make us binge ten hours worth of drama.

I applaud them for that.

That’s what I am aiming for with my story. Readers beware.

Dramatic Kissing Scenes

If you have watched a Kdrama or two you might have noticed how dramatic the first kiss usually is.

I remember I was watching Supergirl and she kissed Mo’Nell. I’m not sure what I was actually expecting, but I felt a pang on let-down when it played.

Kdrama kissing scenes incorperate angles (of the same second, mind you), and the dramatic OST, which will do a good job at pulling those heartstrings. I mean you won’ be shipping the couple, but when they kiss you just want it to never end (except when your mum is there, then it just become awkward real quick).

It’s not just in the kissing scenes, though. Hugging scenes, those terrible moments that just make you wanna ball your eyes out scenes. They have just managed to find a way to prolong the excitement or heartbreak that the viewer would be having.

That is what I love about them. Just the fact that I can feel the joy for ten more seconds than anywhere else.

When you’re writing your story, stay clear! Legit.

Readers are not watchers. Some things are better off left on the big screen. This point is usually why books change so much once they are made into movies. The producers and scriptwriters know that if something that was great in the book is put in a movie, they might as well kiss all their profits goodbye.

My story might be inspired by Kdramas, but I am well aware that what happens in Kdramas should sometimes stay in Kdramas.

The bromance got me like…

I smell a bromance brewing.

What I usually ship more than the main couple and second couple in Kdramas is usually the bromance. Sometimes the bromance is so much stronger than the first couple’s romance that I have to focus on them.

An example of a great Kdrama bromance is the one in Goblin. Don’t deny it. We all fell for it.

The Goblin and grim reaper fought so much, but it was obvious they cared deeply for each other. Their bromance was playful and loving at the same time, I always ended up smiling whenever they were on the screen.

So how can you, as a writer , make the best out of your bromance this month? How can you make the readers fall for it?

I am not a pro, but I can tell you what I like the most about Kdrama bromances.

They are realistic. They do not try too hard to make it a thing. It usually forms in the most unexpected way. People are usually easily able to relate.

Have you ever seen guys get split up by a girl? It happens a ton in Kdramas, stop me if I’m wrong. Best friends since birth start having problems because they both managed to like the same girl (since they have the same preferences). They won’t talk, they’d fight even. But when a time comes when they need each other, they will help without even batting an eyelash. Helping each other comes instinctively. They are like actual brothers. Once one realises that the girl is not for them, they will easily stop the fight so that their bro can be happy. An example of this is the relationship between Moo Myung and Ji Dwi in Hwarang. That one was beautiful, don’t you think?

They are inseparable. Let’s talk about Tomorrow with you for like a paragraph. The bromance between So Joon and Ki Doong was what I made me sleep at midnight every day. I mean it was so cute that Secretary Hwang even mistook them for a couple. Either way I would have shipped it.

The key to making a relatable bromance is not forcing it and just letting it happen. Don’t write it with the mind-set of making it work. Write it not even thinking about it. Just write and the perfect bromance will form.

Make it so that even you as a writer will fall for it.

Still behind. My thoughts.

Fellow writers and Kdrama lovers, it is the 16th. We’re already past the halfway mark and by now I would be safe to say that we should be at 25 000 words. I mean, at least most people are.

I am not.

In the beginning I felt bad about managing to be so behind. But now, actually 10 000 words behind, I have made peace with my lack of words.

I was so hyped up in the beginning of the challenge, thinking that writing 50 0000 words would be a walk in the park. It wasn’t. If anything, there came a time where I lost over 1 500 woords, and honestly, that’s where I think my motivation faltered.

As a human being, when success seems bleak, motivation falteres and everything just starts going wrong. I was only thinking about how I was a failure to writers everywhere and to my parents. I was having a complete Kdrama dramatic moment.

But after a few days, still lagging behind, I realised that maybe I had it all wrong. Even though NaNoWriMo was encouraging us to write 50 000 words in a month, they wee not forcing us. The challenge, I believe, was not made to make us write exactly that many words, but to help us start the writing journey. Since it is such a horrifying journey for others to start.

So far I have written approcximately 15 600 and I am proud of that. It is more than I could have ever written on any other given day. Ever since NaNo started, I have been writing more or less a thousand words everyday. That is a lot.

I have archieved something that I couldn’t have a few months back. Usually I would just write when I felt like it. Now, I write even if I don’t feel like it. This creates a habit, which I will be very grateful for in the future.

NaNo also taught me to concentrate on one project, instead of trying to write ten different stories at once. That was a pain. My ways of writing are not the same in all books. Sometimes the tone has to be a specific way so that it can go well with the theme. But when I am jumping between books, the stories end up sounding the same.

So I am behind on my writing, but I have picked up a few things. And for that, I am grateful.

Maybe next year I will be on time. I doubt it though, since I’ll be even busier than I am now.

Don’t give up. You don’t have to force yourself to write 1667 words per day. You just have to write something.

Crazy just for the lols

Can we talk about the girl who sees smells for like a second? I loved that drama to bits. Not only were the characters doing justice to their roles, but the villain made me have trust issues.

Legit guys. This person was pretty on the outside and pure nasty evil on the inside.

The saying don’t judge a book by its cover was made for that kind of person. He was a chef, doing all kinds of community work, making people happy, but they he went and murdered others. Like, WTF.

I want a character like that. A character that will leave my readers gasping for air and wishing to kill him/her.

Sometimes it’s okay for you to make a character crazy just because you can. Motive? What’s that? Is it edible? Just write, as long as it will make the plotline understandable. Where the villain has a backstory or not will not influence your plotline. Maybe the sanity of the readers, but that’s okay. (JK, no one put that against me.)

Antogonists without a backstory, make the whole journey to capturing them all the more fun, honestly. Since they have no motive, their final thought would be that he/she is just plain crazy. Crazy people can do about anything.

They probably won’t have much of a conscious too. So prepare for a killing spree. Or maybe a basement with dozens of the opposite sex. You know, for the lols.

 

Killing off characters

Killing off characters is my favourite thing to do after naming characters.

I will be frank. When I feel like there is something missing, I kill a character or make one go through an unimaginable amount of suffering. I mean, I still have to make it believable, but I also want to make the reader feel a bit of emotion. After laughing for so long, a bit of tears won’t hurt them.

This also happens quite a lot in K-dramas. For example, the killer car. It could be a truck or normal everyday car, but either way I always get anxious when drama characters cross the street.

I know that whenever one of the leads is happy, something bad had to happen to them, or to the people around them.

The writers are literally saying screw all feelings. Usually they do it in front of the lead too.

I was laughing one time when a character was hit by a car (not because I am a sadist) but because I saw it coming. When no one gets hit by a car in a drama, I applaud, since it is such a rarity.

As a writer, making drama is your job. Books without struggles are not my type. Are there even such books, I don’t remember reading one.

Make your readers beg for more and hate you at the same time. That will be the day you know you did good.

Flashback

I have written two flashbacks so far. I did not think about the first one much, but the more I write, the more I realise that there are some times that could do with a flashback. But it has to be properly place.

A flashback is a sudden memory of a past event.

I have noticed that in K-dramas it happens quite a lot. Especially in those suspense filled dramas. They are not even in the genre of suspense, but because the writers like seeing us suffer they do things that will make us want to stop watching, but at the same time be curious.

For example, someone would pull person A into a corner and tell her to do something, but the audience did not hear what was said. So for another episode or so the viewers would be biting their nails just to figure out what A had been told. Then A would do something totally unexpected and the viewers would go WTF. That is when the flashback comes in and fills in the blanks. They show the rest of the scene where A was told to do something and 1+1 becomes two.

Not all dramas are like this. If anything, others are to the point and only leave out the necessity to not make the drama suck.

So if you want to put a flashback in your story, do so. If it doesn’t work, you can just remove it when you edit later.

Don’t be scared to try new things in your writing. Make the story be focused on one character’s memories if need be. Just don’t give up and use K-dramas as a reference.

Don’t give up and write on!