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Hanny Kusumawati
Hanny Kusumawati

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My favorite books on writing.
1. On writing practice: Practice awakens that force in us. But not without being challenged, and we have to do it in spite of logic, the quirks in our mind, our heavy opposition. What practice builds in us is a true confidence that can’t be derived from outward signs of success—fame, money, beauty. This confidence comes from the fact that you show up over and over again. That you do what you say you are going to do. That you commit to a practice, one that is possible given your life and maybe with a few missed times, a few times you mess up, you stay in the driver’s seat.
2. Structure is so important. It’s how we learn to order our lives—and order our mind and our writing. If I have all day to write, often I never get to it, or finally only by four do I settle down. Rarely do I have a whole day, but if I look at my calendar I can block in writing time: Tuesday I’m free from five to six in the early evening. Write it down and for that hour, do it. You don’t argue if you see on your calendar a doctor’s appointment. You go.
3. Find out some short essays that will inspire you to write, and to write as a spiritual practice, as a part of life.
1. Writing is a lonely job. Having someone who believes in you makes a lot of difference. They don’t have to make speeches. Just believing is usually enough.
2. It starts with this: put your desk in the corner, and every time you sit down there to write, remind yourself why it isn’t in the middle of the room. Life isn’t a support-system for art. It’s the other way around.
3. Find out about the thoughts, inspirations, doubts, fears, and habits of this eloquent writer.
1. Writing reminds us that we are alive and that it is a gift and a privilege, not a right. We must earn life once it has been awarded us. Life asks for rewards back because it has favoured us with animation. So while our art cannot, as we wish it could, save us from wars, privation, envy, greed, old age, or death, it can revitalise us amidst it all.
2. Find out how Bradbury turned memories and experiences into stories
3. Find out how to live your life in a way so that you can see and hear stories all the time.
1. Every writer gets rejected. You will be no different.
The rejection is not personal. Unless he or she mentions something specifically about it, the editor is not rejecting you as a human being or your right to exist on this planet. He or she is merely rejecting an article you've submitted. That's all. That's it.
2. In this life, and in this field, you're going to have enough problems as it is. Don't make any more enemies than you have to. Try to be nice. And if you can't be nice, then shut the hell up and go stand in the corner with your drink and leave all the rest of us alone. Yes, yes, you're right and everyone else is wrong. That—like your immense talent—is a given. But just because you're right doesn't mean you should be a dick about it.
3. Writing competence is a learnable skill—and therefore most people are capable of being competent writers. Writing competently isn't rocket science; it requires the knowledge of certain grammatical rules, which are less difficult than, say, calculus, followed by lots and lots and lots and lots and lots of writing practice. Yes, some writers are gifted by God or nature to be great writers and have that great ineffable thing that makes their writing sing without any effort at all. The odds that person is you are slim.
1. Find out how to read a book as a writer, to get hints and inspirations, as well as to learn the craft of other writers.
2. Find out why certain writers use certain style, voice, sentences, gestures, dialogues, or characters, and how they create their own plot(twist).
3. Find out how to understand the way a writer structure their story, how their mind map the way, and the deeper meaning behind the words they chose.
1. Find out how to practice free writing on a daily basis. My favorite technique to overcome writer's block.
2. Find out how to not belittle the small details around you. They will make your writings raw (in a good way) and rich.
3. Find out how to be honest about your writings and why you do not need to find your 'authentic' voice (as you already have it!)
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