I made a mental note not to join any more writing challenges and just focused on my own writing, but you know, a challenge for me is like a drug - once I get a taste of satisfaction, I can’t resist but try when another one comes along.
This year, Mina once again facilitated another writing class for Buqo, called #buqoYA. Unlike the previous classes this one required a teenage protagonist (well, it’s YA) and the reason I was attracted to it was because they accept not only English, but also Filipino and Taglish (Tagalog/English), so I signed up.
There was four trope categories.
#1: OOML (Out Of My League)- My favorite! I even wrote a plot and created a character profile that would be suitable for it.
#2: FTMTF (Friends To More Than Friends) - This is great too! In fact, the one I wrote for OOML would fit in here too.
#3: HYLY (Hate You Love You) - Oh please! Please, please! Don’t let me get this! I prayed from the bottom of my heart, because I already have lots of draft with this trope.
#4: BDE (Best Day Ever) - I had no idea about this until Mina sent the class email and explained what it was all about.
Then I went and read what my trope and bam! Hello, HYLY.
I was so annoyed with the trope that I was about to give up, but thanks to my #buqoYA classmates, especially Six De Los Reyes, who privately chatted with me and cheered me up, I was able to move on and get started. Yay!
So far, I can confidently say that #buqoYA has been the most fun and exciting challenge I’ve joined.