You’re struggling. You want some inspiration. As a writer, I suggest you check these Korean dramas for writers, hoping they spark your writing spirit again.
NOTE: This post has been updated from 8 Korean dramas to 31. The list continues to expand as long as I update new recommendations from you. If you have something to add, kindly shoot me an email at email@example.com and I’ll check it out.
- Best Korean Dramas For Writers To Binge Watch
- 1. Rookie Historian Goo Hae-ryung
- 2. Chicago Typewriter
- 3. The Hymn of Death
- 4. Judge VS Judge
- 5. Tell Me What You Saw
- 6. 365: Repeat The Year
- 7. Memorist
- 8. I’ll Go To You When The Weather Is Nice
- 9. Dear My Friends
- 10. Unemployed Romance
- 11. It’s Okay, That’s Love
- 12. Kill Me, Heal Me
- 13. My Love Eun Dong
- 14. Full House
- 15. The King of Dramas
- 16. Ex-Girlfriends’ Club
- 17. Coffee House
- 18. On Air
- 19. W
- 20. Star’s Lover
- 21. What’s Up, Fox?
- 22. Because It’s My First Life
- 23. Temperature of Love
- 24. Father, I’ll Take Care of You
- 25. Romance Is A Bonus Book
- 26. Moonlight Drawn by Clouds
- 27. Miss Mermaid
- 28. Radio Romance
- 29. Wind-Bell
- Conclusion – Why Watch Korean Dramas For Writers?
I grew up watching Korean dramas. Their stories never fail, leaving their audience in awe, in an emotional rollercoaster ride. You cry, laugh, and feel bad for the characters.
Korean writers successfully maneuvered the plot twists, challenging cliches—making Korean wave aka hallyu wave possible. You’ll never predict what’s to come. All the time.
Because of that, it inspired me to do the same. I have been writing fiction on Wattpad applying the same principles I learned from Korean writers.
By watching several Korean dramas over the years, I never thought I could write successful stories readers love. And so can you.
If you haven’t tried watching them, here are the Korean dramas I suggest you start. Most of them have been recently aired. Hence, you’re guaranteed the list is up-to-date.
Best Korean Dramas For Writers To Binge Watch
By the way, this list will be constantly updated. And so far, these are the first Korean dramas I compiled.
If you have more suggestions to add, feel free to send me an email and I’ll be happy to check it out.
1. Rookie Historian Goo Hae-ryung
Rookie Historian Goo Hae-ryung was aired in 2019 on MBC. So, this one is one of the latest Korean dramas I haven’t checked out yet.
With that said, I plan to watch the whole series and write a review about it. You better check that out soon.
Anyway, Rookie Historian Goo Hae-ryung is set in the Joseon Dynasty, revolving around a woman known for her free-spirit and strong belief of challenging the status quo.
“Women shouldn’t be objectified and underestimated.” A motto Hae-ryung believes the government should act upon. However, it contradicts the reality wherein women are prohibited from learning, abused, and wronged.
Her life faces trouble when she passes the search for historian apprentices for the Veritable Records of the Joseon Dynasty—a task only given to men.
From there, her desire for women equality is further challenged as she meets fellow historians who constantly look down on her, as well as meeting the solitary, romance novelist, Prince Yi Rim.
While he’s popular among women, he never discloses his identity as an author and remains hidden under the pen name “Maehwa.”
He rather keeps his solitary and peace inside his chamber by not involving in any politically-inclined agenda. However, that will take its turning point as he falls in love with the activist, Hae-ryung.
With the help of fellow historians and the revolutionaries, Hae-ryung and Prince Yi Rin continue the fight for what is right and seek answers behind the ongoing oppression.
2. Chicago Typewriter
When it was aired in 2017, Chicago Typewriter created a buzz around the Korean drama community for its “perfection.”
Wondering what this means, I checked out its plot and found the reasons for loving this Korean drama series, which consequently leads to another review post. 🙂
Anyway, Chicago Typewriter is set during the 1930s Japanese occupation of Korea. What makes the story interesting is that the main character reincarnates as a best-selling writer and creates unusual bond with fellow writers united for a cause.
Here’s the catch.
Whatever they do will affect their future lives. Therefore, they have to endure the circumstances to keep history the same.
The trio—a slump, a fan, and a ghostwriter—faces hurdles that test its friendship, comradeship, love, as well as betrayal. The consequences of their choices will change the course of their lives in the next 80 years.
3. The Hymn of Death
The Hymn of Death, like Chicago Typewriter, created a buzz around the internet sometime in 2018. When it’s first released, it drew people’s attention and shared sentiments in several forums.
Though the story revolves around a tragic romance, the reason for including this in the list is it’s perfection when it comes to unleashing the most devastating feeling a reader could feel.
The tragic romance between the first soprano and the married genius playwright gives you an idea of how you can deliver the story by considering the emotional maneuvering between the scenes.
For me, watching sad Korean dramas gives me insights on how I could deliver the story using the same strategy. Especially if I’m writing historical romance, gleaning the best ways to write intensely emotional confrontations.
Besides, The Hymn of Death is so good that many people recommended this as one of the best Korean dramas you should never miss.
So, why not include it on the list then, right?
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4. Judge VS Judge
Judge vs Judge is a 2018 South Korean drama series that aired on SBS. As the title suggests, the plot heavily circles law as well as politics.
The thing is that the writer created an interesting main character, Judge Lee Jung-Joo of the Seoul District Court.
She doesn’t have qualms about saying unspeakable words. Her blunt nature leads to gleaning the mystery behind her brother’s false accuse of murder and his murder per se.
This drama series teaches us writers about the importance of research in our writing process.
It doesn’t matter if we’re writing fiction or nonfiction, we need to validate our data to make sure we commit no mistakes in the details.
For instance, you need to have apt information about a cold case from several reliable resources to write your next book. Ensure a clear understanding of the circumstances because our readers can easily spot them.
Without research, we can’t validate our story and our idea. It loses the credibility of our content. Do you understand what I’m trying to say?
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5. Tell Me What You Saw
Aired weeks ago, Tell Me What You Saw is one of the latest Korean dramas I included on the list.
What makes this a great watch is seeing how the writer played around the cliche, leading to a series of unprecedented outcomes. A skill you need to work on to write successful content.
Talking about cliche, having a well-renowned main character ended in failure and isolation is commonly seen in most stories and movies. However, the writer added several story elements that stimulate curiosity among its audience.
A police officer with special abilities partners with the now-secluded top criminal profiler to solve cases in the country.
Given, writers need to exercise their creative writing juices in creating a world for the readers to enjoy and remember. Write something so phenomenal from an existing idea. It’s like repackaging a product to create more sales.
Tell Me What You Saw is a great example of that.
The writer successfully satisfied the audience by creating interesting characters and plots from a cliche. The same principle applies to our content. Be it fiction or nonfiction.
6. 365: Repeat The Year
365: Repeat The Year is also known as 365: One Year Against Destiny. It’s the latest time-travel South Korean drama series aired a few weeks ago.
As the title suggests, it’s about 10 people who travel back a year ago and reset their lives. When they did, several mysterious cases started to appear that would later threaten their lives.
Time-traveling could be another cliche but it doesn’t mean you underrate the storytelling strategy. Even online content i.e. blog posts contain this element. The writer may bring you to the past to understand the context.
This technique can be a great way to tell great stories as long as you pay extra attention to the details to prevent falling into the trap most writers experience.
You don’t want to bore your readers. You want them to enjoy, keeping retention from the beginning towards the end of the content.
Memorist is an ongoing South Korean drama series about a high school student gaining supernatural power.
Imagine a teenager, who knows nothing but fun, suddenly faces a life-staking situation. You wouldn’t know what to do. Perhaps, you feel hysterical, desperate to remove this “curse” and live a normal life.
But this young man is different.
Just as he acquires the ability to read people’s minds, he realizes the need to help the police force by resolving the cases himself as a high school detective.
The point is this. As a writer, exercise the power to tell great stories everyone can enjoy. If you target young adults, it’s best to share a wonderful story by challenging the ideal based on their realities.
For instance, everyone knows by heart that it’s best to stay at home amidst the coronavirus outbreak. What if you write something that opposes this by saying the outbreak isn’t serious?
If you’re a fiction writer, you do the same thing as well. The best way to hook your readers is to give them an assumption opposing their expectations.
Your story may be a cliche but include elements to spice up and create unexpected resolution.
8. I’ll Go To You When The Weather Is Nice
The reason for including I’ll Go To You When The Weather Is Fine on the list is because one of the main characters is a bookstore owner.
For writers, it’s nice to see relatable characters and enjoy their stories. Just because the character is constantly surrounded by books, it unconsciously stimulates our writing spirit.
We always dream to have our shelves full of books. I don’t want to be disingenuous here but I do hoard books, leaving them stuck and dusty. We just like the feeling of having a lot of books on our shelves, smelling its pages.
Our senses detect familiarity with the scenes depicted in this South Korean drama series. It’s like when we write in the same place where our ideas are at its safest. In my case, it’s my workspace.
When we often see stimulating parts like the library or a bookstore, it gives us that feeling to visit our bookshelves and read the books one-by-one.
Do you get what I mean?
This is what makes I’ll Go To You When The Weather Is Fine special. The plot itself gives enough bearing to the goal of this list—to keep going amidst the writing crisis.
9. Dear My Friends
“It is not the end, we’re still alive,” a quote to summarize the whole concept of this South Korean drama series in 2016.
The main characters share their journeys towards the last years of their lives, fulfilling their wishes and doing the things they once love before they pass away.
The reason for including this Korean drama series is because of the Japanese translation writer, who plays a crucial role in telling incredible stories about the main characters.
Inspiring stories are everywhere. If writers believe an apocalyptic event called “writer’s block” stops them from doing anything, it’s not because he doesn’t find inspiration anymore. He simply wasn’t looking hard enough.
When you become more aware of your surroundings, you realize you have a lot to talk about. Even a petty story in the neighborhood can be a best-seller. That is if you’re willing to spare your time and step back.
Feel your surroundings because you might have missed something. You were too focused on the big picture—to become a best-selling author—that you missed the chances of experiencing incredible journeys by writing each story towards the end.
This is what makes this Korean drama series a great reminder of our true value as writers. We aren’t writing for money. Of course, we love making money from our craft. But that doesn’t mean, it defines us.
We have the power to unleash hidden voices shut by society. Through our words, we can push people to do the right thing for humanity.
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10. Unemployed Romance
Unemployed Romance is quite an old Korean drama series, which was aired in 2013. Though it’s not as new as the others in the list, this one exemplifies the struggles of an aspiring writer.
The story focuses on how the main character aspires to become a mainstream writer for obvious reasons. Money. Fame. Power. And to achieve that, she must have to do whatever it takes to get it.
However, her circumstances keep on challenging her and her dreams. She’s working for a third-class program with a base salary.
For whatever reason, her life entangles with a temporary public worker whose job requires identifying unemployed citizens and determining their respective benefits.
As expected from a Korean rom-com, you get to see the two main characters in a rollercoaster ride.
But what makes this series an interesting one? It’s how the writer endures the pain-staking event of her life to get what she likes to achieve. To become a star writer.
Does that sound familiar to you?
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11. It’s Okay, That’s Love
This is one of the most epic Korean drama series you should never miss. It’s a 2014 series aired on SBS.
Aside from star-studded casts, Jo In-sung, Sung Dong-il, Lee Kwang-soo, and Do Kyung-soo on the line, the story makes it relatable and funny at the same time. Just so you know, Korean writers are fond of romance-comedy combinations with a lot of crazy twists.
So, with this one, It’s Okay, That’s Love talks about a best-selling mystery novelist and radio DJ with troubled childhood experiences.
Regardless of his exemplary work ethics and accomplishment with his chosen field, he lives a miserable life succumbed to obsessive-compulsive disorder.
With the help of a psychiatrist, he thought he might get this issue resolved so he can live a better life.
But the psychiatrist’s repulsiveness towards love and building relationships make his recovery a bit challenging.
Their strong personalities defy the need to connect as a doctor and a patient that was supposed to be the case.
However, their continuous bickering opens the doors to healing the deepest wounds that lead them to their current state of mind.
The question is: can they do it?
It’s quite challenging for a writer to live dual lives. People applaud our works as if the book becomes glued to who we are. But in reality, it’s not likely the case. We’re worse than people could imagine.
For example, my Wattpad readers continue to praise my work while I’m suffering from bulimia behind the success. While my readers enjoy the work, I forcefully purge to feel relieved.
This sounds true to most popular writers of all time. Charles Bukowski and Edgar Allan Poe ended up in the same fate.
Both of them are great writers. They’re popular. But their alcohol dependence led them to their deaths.
Many great writers, including you, are in deep pain. Through the power of words, we realize the impact we create if only we could transform that negative energy inside us into something better.
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12. Kill Me, Heal Me
If you plan to write a story about a character with dissociative identity disorder, this Korean drama series could be a good reference.
Kill Me, Heal Me aired on MBC in mid-2015 wherein a third-generation business heir struggles with his disorder developed after several life-threatening traumatic events.
He seeks help with a psychiatrist. However, the psychiatrist’s brother, who’s also her twin brother, becomes a threat as he continuously follows the rich man’s life for his scoop.
The point of including this Korean drama on the list is to show you how a writer shows no empathy for the bad situation for the sake of popularity.
When we’re too focused on the big goal (stardom), we missed the purpose of writing per se.
This is why writers must be extra careful with our content to prevent misjudging people or ideas because of our drive to become a star writer. It’s not how it should be.
13. My Love Eun Dong
Also known as This Is My Love, My Love Eun Dong is a South Korean series aired on JTBC in 2015.
The story begins when a top actor decides to hire a ghostwriter to write for his autobiography. As the writer continues to dig into his story, she learns the actor’s main reason for becoming a most-sought actor.
For her, writing for him fascinates her, although she has to deal with his tense, irritability, and difficult work ethics. His story continues to drive her to finish the book after discovering the true reason for his popularity.
He wants to reunite with his first love, Eun Dong, and through his newly hired ghostwriter, he could remember all the memories he shared with her back to 1995 when he was just 15 years old.
It’s quite challenging for the writer to ghostwrite for someone and let him take the credit of your hard work.
However, in this case, the ghostwriter is considerate enough—and maybe paid well—to compromise that.
Do you think you can do the same? Let’s say, you work as a ghostwriter for a book. When it was published to someone’s name, it became a best-seller. How would you feel?
Do you remain content because you, anyway, receive good pay? Or do you feel bad because that book could have been yours?
14. Full House
It’s one of the earliest Korean drama series I watched in my teens. I was in high school the time it was aired on KBS2 in 2004.
The interesting part of the story is how a person’s gullibility changes her life forever. Full House was a coined name for the house where an aspiring scriptwriter resides. Her father built it for her.
Yet, her life suddenly faces a turning point when her two best friends tricked her into believing she won a free vacation. Only to find out her house, her father’s Full House, was sold to a famous actor.
She bought the idea of a contract marriage proposal in exchange for getting her house back. But life takes another turn when the actor’s plan of making her crush jealous of his sudden marriage didn’t work.
In the end, their marriage—once considered a facade—morphs into something real as the two main characters fall in love unexpectedly.
15. The King of Dramas
The King of Dramas is an example of how a writer rises from the ashes. With his downfall as a brilliant CEO of a drama production company, he seeks refuge for unexpected people that would later play an important role in his success.
He works harder with the help of an idealistic aspiring top writer and a handsome but narcissistic actor to regain the success he once had.
I remember how real-life writers recover from a big fall. For example, I remember Stephen King in his youth when he slowly drowned in his alcohol addiction.
Later, he became sober and recovered. His recovery inspired many people and brought a new image of him as one of the best writers of all time.
If you are in an uncomfortable situation right now, it’s best to step back and reflect on how far you have gone and what went wrong.
Through the help of meditation and a healthy lifestyle, as well as being surrounded with positive and inspiring people, you can slowly regain your writing power as if it’s your life rather than relying on substances to keep you going.
16. Ex-Girlfriends’ Club
Ex-Girlfriends’ Club is an interesting South Korean drama series aired on tvN in mid-2015. As of now, I noticed a lot of unique series aired 5 years ago, by the way.
The reason for including this series on the list is the main characters’ desire to create an interesting plot about his experiences with his former girlfriends.
With the aid of his illustrating skills, his webtoon became a hit and scheduled for a movie adaptation.
When it was up for filming, the film producer, who happens to be one of the webtoon artist’s ex-girlfriends, was horrified. But she can do nothing but to keep the film moving and see the experiences he shared with these women.
Although the series didn’t end well, it still shows how a writer’s life can be exemplary in many ways.
If we take a look at how the webtoon artist’s life turned upside down, it wasn’t that he intended to slander his ex-girlfriends.
He simply shared what he thought about their relationships. But fate seems playful enough for him to face an unexpected situation.
Many of us writers experience similar events in writing at one point. For over 6 years as a content writer, I never thought I would be contacted by a famous Hollywood actor’s publicist concerning my post (on an old news site I worked before).
Stuff like that happens in this industry. So, if you’re still for a blossoming writing career, be a daredevil and face all these kinds of odds.
17. Coffee House
Though this is a pretty old Korean series on the list, it still exemplifies the kind of life writers face in the industry. The series shows real-life scenes that happen in a big publishing company.
When you opt to work in a big company like that, you’ll never know your co-workers are.
The company hired him not because he’s eccentric but because he brings money. He’s a talented thriller novelist but, at the same time, he keeps a dark secret.
Aside from him, other workers’ personalities and desires to become a star writer someday play a vital role in keeping the company alive and crazy.
18. On Air
On Air is yet another classic. It’s a South Korean drama series aired on SBS in 2008. If you haven’t watched a Korean drama series before, you may haven’t met one of the actors and actresses. But it’s still a good series.
The story revolves around 4 entertainment industry figures. It shows the life of a successful director, writer, actress, and her manager, particularly on how their lives entangle while they film the drama and handle rumors towards the end of the shoot.
Becoming a writer can also be a pretty stressful leap. You have to test the waters a lot before jumping into one opportunity to the other.
For instance, you can try Medium to start blogging for free and still getting paid.
You may opt to establish your platform purchased from a web hosting service provider. (This option can also be best when you want to become an affiliate marketer).
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I remember watching the whole series while I keep writing for a news website back in 2016. In this South Korean drama series, it’s a tale filled with mystery and romance playing together.
The writer successfully crafted the plot that caught the audience’s attention so much that it became one of the most popular series with a unique story.
A surgeon visits her father’s office and sees the webtoon work displayed in his big graphic tablet where he focuses all his effort on creating W, a famous world for webtoon followers.
However, the series complicates when the real-life and webtoon-situation entangles to the point where the webtoon character’s villain tries to take over the artist’s life in the real world.
With the help of the surgeon and her father’s best-known webtoon character, they try to stop him from achieving the evil plan of invading the real world and keep him trapped as a webtoon character as much as possible.
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20. Star’s Lover
Star’s Lover is, again, a 2008 South Korean drama series, based on a story in which a ghostwriter is hired to change a top star’s image within the country and in Asia.
For writers, this is a big obstacle to face, especially if the job takes a toll on someone’s life.
If we fail to create a piece of work with our words, it might end up ruining a person’s life, as well as her career not only in the country but across other countries.
Of course, there’s a blend of romance and comedy in the series. But what makes it interesting from a writer’s perspective is the fact that it shows how powerful writers can be.
We might not realize it now. If we take a closer look and pay more attention to what we write, we may not know we pushed someone for the better or the worst.
21. What’s Up, Fox?
What’s Up, Fox is a funny 2006 South Korean drama series aired on MBC, which revolves around an ambitious third-rate magazine reporter who desires to find a man of her dreams.
At first glance, it might sound cliche but as soon as the story develops, she finds herself in an unexpected incident wherein she gets into an accident and meets the guy who’ll help her repair the car.
Her perspective towards financial stability as she once had changed as she lives her life with the man who’s content with his life and enjoys his work as a mechanic.
From there, her desire to become a top reporter (as most writers from a low-class media company want) takes a turn for the sake of love.
The point is, writers may dream of something big from everything we do. For example, we aspire to become a best-selling author or a successful 6-figure blogger someday.
What if circumstances change and we need to adapt by force? Otherwise, we’ll be into trouble. This is where writers’ attitudes towards writing must be in equilibrium with our lives.
Our desire to write shouldn’t be compromised with our desires for fame, power, and money.
Rather, we appreciate the opportunity to write regardless if we’re writing for a low-key person or a top star.
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22. Because It’s My First Life
Because This Is My First is one of my favorites on the list because it talks about how an aspiring screenwriter adjusts to the situation i.e. unexpected marriage, moving out, etc. and how she handles it as calmly as possible.
Because of the nature of the series, it accentuates the importance of how developing relationships with someone so different from you and how healthy compromises help to cope with the uncomfortable situation.
Though it doesn’t center mostly on the writer’s life, the reason for including this on the list is because it shows how writers employ flexibility not only at work but also in real-life situations, a life away from our fantasies and PCs.
23. Temperature of Love
Aired in 2017, Temperature of Love is a South Korean drama series that centers around the life of an aspiring screenwriter who meets someone online and develops a relationship later on.
Her decision to pursue her writing career led to separating with the man she loves, who also wishes to pursue his Michelin-star restaurant, Good Soup.
This may sound tragic at first glance but if you think about it, there are times when we, writers, have to face this inevitable circumstance wherein choosing becomes the toughest decision.
In each option, you compromise something big. When you choose to be with someone, you let go of your writing career.
If you opt for the other option, you have to leave the man. It’s tough but you can’t help but choose.
You’re left with a decision to let go of important things for the sake of writing. For instance, you compromise your time with your spouse because you’re working on your next book.
This happens a lot of times in my life. However, I’m just fortunate enough to have such a wonderful husband who’s so understanding of my work. He encourages me instead of insisting on spending more on our quality time.
How about you? Have you been in this situation? What’s your experience? Share them in the comments below.
24. Father, I’ll Take Care of You
MBC aired Father, I’ll Take Care of You in 2016 for 50 episodes concerning the children, who mostly have families on their own, forced to live with their parents after rising housing costs.
Their financial instability, as well as the rising conflicts between siblings and their parents, increase the tension between them. Yet, their uncomfortable situation also led them to reconciliation and a happy ending.
I included Father, I’ll Take Care of You on this list because of one of the characters who was also a writer.
The couple failed to understand each other’s nature of work, frustrating the girlfriend who can’t concentrate because of her boyfriend’s demand for more quality time.
The conflict continues between them as he didn’t get the whole picture of how tough writing life is.
In the end, the couple agrees to respect each other, including her life as a writer. He proposes for marriage with a big promise: he’ll never mess with her again when she writes.
As I mentioned earlier, writers have dual lives. When we’re away from our desks, we can give you the care and affection you need. But when we start writing, we need you to stay away. Don’t give us distractions in any form.
This is the message of the drama. It’s not about love alone. A successful relationship buds when two people respect each other and understand the work demands, especially if our spouse writes for work.
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25. Romance Is A Bonus Book
What attracts me about Romance is a Bonus Book is the foundation of the plot. It centers around the romance between a younger man and an older woman, both readers.
The two characters grew up reading books of different genres until the man decides to pursue a new venture as a best-selling novelist.
The woman, on the other hand, pursued marketing and resigned to focus on building family, which didn’t end well. Her husband divorced her and left with nothing.
The younger man, who’s also her childhood best friend, became her refuge for shelter and other basic needs to survive after her marriage collapsed.
To finance her daughter’s education in the Philippines, she continues working as a part-time employee in the same publishing company her best friend established years back.
In the end, they both realized the special relationship developed afterward. A relationship formed by books.
In general, this series gives a lot of lessons to us. It provides us insights on how book publishing works and how many unsold books are thrown away.
For her, she feels dismayed seeing how her job as a marketer plays a pivotal role in a book’s success.
She feels frustrated every time she sees trucks of unsold books thrown away to lessen the company’s unnecessary costs.
26. Moonlight Drawn by Clouds
Setting aside its international popularity, Moonlight Drawn By Clouds focuses on the character’s intense desire to succeed despite the financial situation.
It’s a 2016 South Korean drama series aired on KBS2 with a 23.3% audience rating.
Due to its award-winning production, performances, and music, it’s no surprise this coming-of-age historical series earned a lot of positive feedback and recognition from several award-giving bodies in South Korean and abroad.
Going back to the story, the female character disguises herself as a man and romance novel author under the pen name “Sam-nom.”
Her continuous pursuit as a male relationship counselor led her to become the eunuch for Yeong, the only son of the king and heir to the throne.
Given, it gives me a clear picture of how writers can be aggressive when it comes to their desire to become successful.
Regardless if it’s writing a certain number of posts for our blogs or writing a book in 30 days, the fire inside us pushes us to do even the desperate measures to get it.
Does this sound familiar to you? Tell me more about it in the comment section below.
27. Miss Mermaid
As far as this list goes, Miss Mermaid is one of the earliest South Korean drama series. It aired on MBC in mid-2002 to 2003 with 265 episodes.
Just so you know, most series aired in the early 2000s have this number of episodes compared to 16 episodes aired today.
Anyway, Miss Mermaid talks about a successful television drama screenwriter with a terrible past.
Her traumatic experiences as a child made her adult life more difficult – filled with vindication, hatred, and pain.
Later on, with the help of a man, she recovers and realizes the big picture of life and the true meaning of forgiving the people responsible for her troublesome life.
28. Radio Romance
Radio Romance is a 2018 South Korean series aired on KBS2 in which the story centers around an unskilled writer desperate to keep her radio show going by casting a seemingly perfect top actor.
The series of events follow after discovering several conflicts between her desire to “have a place as a writer” and to save her radio program and wish not to work with the actor again.
Given such circumstances, the series provides an insightful message to writers who are currently on the verge of quitting their writing jobs but confused.
We love to write. That’s certain. But the unprecedented events coming could be too overwhelming and stressful. Instead of seeing it as a craft, it becomes a job.
The constant exposure slowly develops negativity and confusion as to how we should go on as a writer.
Should we keep going with writing for a full-time job because of money or should we step back and reflect why we write in the first place?
Questions like these start to pop out in our heads by the time we feel exhausted after writing. We start to hate it.
I felt the same when I worked for several news websites wherein the constant pressure and demands led to my writing demise.
I wasn’t able to write for the next year after working that long in such a hostile environment.
Thank God, I took a break and slowly regained the spark I lost and finished 3 books in one year.
Did the same thing happen to you, too?
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Wind-Bell is a 2019 South Korean drama series aired on NAVER tvcast. It’s a mini-series with only 10 episodes which talks about a Korean-American writer returning to his homeland after migrating when he was just 10 years old.
Upon his return, he finds himself working with an editor to help him publish his new book. However, the more they spend time together, they fall in love.
The story itself follows a simple plot and is somehow predictable. However, what most audiences like about this series is how the writer (behind the series) manages to create scenes that emphasize undeniable chemistry between the characters.
It’s a testimony for us that it’s necessary to create a piece of content employing the same principle. Whatever we write, we must make sure it resonates with our readers.
You could write something short but sweet, lengthy and comprehensive. Regardless of how long we keep on writing, we mustn’t don’t lose the connection between the characters and the readers. It’s our big task.
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Conclusion – Why Watch Korean Dramas For Writers?
As I mentioned earlier, Korean dramas give us creative insights into how we deliver our stories. If you are a nonfiction writer, it teaches you how to immerse yourself with your audience.
Understanding how they feel plays a vital role in content marketing. A better storytelling process provides you, a writer, the higher chance to gain traction of whatever content you plan to write.
If you’re like me, both a fiction and nonfiction writer, you see similar elements playing together to improve our storytelling techniques. The difference between the writing process is thin.
In nonfiction writing, you don’t play around with figures of speech as much as needed in fiction writing. You concentrate on telling a story of yourself or someone to support the end goal.
In fiction writing, on the other hand, you use various storytelling methods such as foreshadowing and flashbacks, as well as figures of speech to show the scenes happening.
You don’t do the same thing in nonfiction writing.
Setting the different elements aside, both fiction and nonfiction writing follow the same structure with only a few details missing between the two.
The important thing is how we explore our imagination to create one of a kind stories for our readers. As most authors say, your readers are smarter than you think.
They easily spot your BS.
When we immerse ourselves, we better understand their feelings. And when we consider feelings in our marketing, it guarantees action.
Remember, our audience will only take action based on their feelings. We’re not robots, you know.
To end this post, I like to share this thought to ponder. Improving your storytelling process doesn’t necessarily come from printed books or ebooks.
At times, you acquire new and interesting ideas from everything. Every event that occurred in our surroundings gives us opportunities to learn and experiment.
The same thing with watching the Korean dramas for writers like us. If you’re losing interest in writing these days due to the quarantine, I suggest you take a break.
Step back and watch these Kdrama series this week. Let these revive the spark in your writing again. It’s your choice.
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If you have more recommendations to add in the list, feel free to shoot me an email. I’ll be glad to check it out for you. Perhaps, I could write my review about it, too. That’ll be cool. 🙂