Do you want to be a writer ?. Or is simply unthinkable to become a writer ?. It have ever been occurred to me sometime ago. I wanted to be a writer. However, it was just be only in my imagination. The thing was no longer happen to me, this time I have actually become a writer. Although I have not generating any money from my writing yet.
What makes me confident that now I've become a writer began with a question from a friend of mine. He asked me, how many pages a day I have written yet ?. His asked was not without reason. He knew that I was writing a novel. However, he did not know that I have completed the novel.
I actually have written a novel. Currently I'm working on my second novel. I replied that I wrote an average of four to eight pages of writing. My friend then stated that I actually have become a writer. No matter that I've been making money or not from my writing.
The novel is written in Indonesian. I tried to translate it into English and collected them on my another blogs. I hope to be able to translate an ongoing basis while writing my second novel.
Circulating in the market many books to write instructions. However, many of which, if we follow to make our writing activities become so mechanical. Though the writing is a work of art. It would not hurt you to read and follow the manuals, but the main thing we need to remember is that to be a writer, then we still have to write.
The main thing to keep in mind by a writer is to write. There idiom introduced by a friend of mine about a technique of writing. That is, writing on the go technique. Just write what we want, others thought later. Sometimes we are so tied up with all sorts of theories to forget the act of writing itself.
The quality of our writing will develop in accordance with our increasing hours of flying in writing. Do not let the theories handcuff you. Now, start writing.
(photograph by Nina Ulfah Gaffar)