Menulis Itu Mirip Masturbasi, Katanya

‎Seorang teman bertemu secara kebetulan dengan penulis Iwan Setyawan hari ini. Dan ia mengatakan bahwa Iwan berwejangan:”…[k]alo nulis itu yg penting kita ngerasa seneng, menikmati, dan bisa takjub pas bacanya. Bukan mikir bagaimana ceritanya biar pembaca seneng. #TipsMenulis” Novelis Stephanie Meyer yang dikenal dengan Twilight series itu juga berpesan senada. Dalam sebuah wawancara dengan Time…

The Roadmap to Writing Like an Expert

Anyone can write. Your 4-year-old child can write simple sentences on the wall of his bedroom. Your nephew writes an essay on how more civilized and developed this country can be without Trans TV airing Raffi Ahmad’s live update of the wedding ceremony. Your teenage neighbor writes rants on Twitter every minute of his waking…

I Write Best when I’m Not Told to

‎Weirdly enough, I work best when I’m left alone. No pressure, no fear, only focus and much inspiration. I guess I suck more when people around me push me to excell. This explains a lot why I often fails to thrive inside and under a certain system of learning or working environment. ‎Freedom is so…

Menulis Itu Harus Egois

‎Menulis untuk orang lain itu susah, dan memang tidak seharusnya begitu. Apalagi kalau masih dalam tahap belajar. Makin terfokus pada pembaca, penulis biasanya makin stres. Dan meski stres itu bagus untuk memacu konsentrasi dan kinerja, jika berlebihan tentu dampaknya pada kreativitas berpikir seorang penulis juga kurang baik. Menyaksikan wawancara Stephenie Meyer dengan Times, saya menyimpulkan…

The Writing Muscles

“How can you make time for blogging?” “How is it possible to write between your day job activities?” I bumped into a friend on our way home a few days ago and he hurled the questions at me. I just grinned. He seemed to follow me on Path and sometimes clicks on my latest blog…

Overprotective Writers as Bad as Overprotective Parents

I don’t know how it feels to be a parent with children. Yet, I know exactly how it feels to be a parent of my writing. All articles, all anecdotes, all dialogs, all social media updates, all notes I jot down on any surface, whether it be a sheet of paper, or a word processor…

What a Talented Writer Does

Earlier today, I wrote and published stuff with a topic I never gave a thought‎ before: politics. Once I finished writing it all, I felt like feeling dead tired. And several thousands people liked the articles. Simply unbelievable. I am therefore feeling happy and tired intellectually. It doesn’t stop there though. A friend praised me,…

Write and Read, Read and Write

“If you don’t have time to read, you don’t have the time (or the tools) to write. Simple as that.” I read it somewhere. As inspiring as it seems, I decided to blog about it.

To Write More and Better, Get Disconnected. Totally.

Cerebral… I once said to my friend that being a writer means one should get cerebral. That entails the endurance of sitting all day long (or standing if you have that standing desk), working alone, without being and feeling lonely because one is much too busy, engrossed with and accompanied by all the intellectual work….

Secret of Good Writing

“The secret of good writing is to say an old thing in a new way or to say a new thing in an old way.” – Richard Harding Davis

How Does It Feel to Write a Story without any Climaxes and Conflicts?

I remember when my writer pal Titik Kartitiani joked,”I imagine someone wrote a story as flat and boring as daily routines. We don’t have to think of anything that excites readers, just provide lengthy recounts of happenings, events. Will such a story invite readers or make them frown with dislike?” That kind of story, however,…