Sunday, October 11, 2009

On How I Begin Writing Literary Fiction

I encountered with serious writing tools (and then, literature--or the belle letters) on October 2007. At that time, started googling the word; suicide, I coincidentally found a site named Kemudian, and I found that the writings of the members are quite loveable. I didn't understand how to find a good way becoming member of that site, but for the first time, after the word suicide, I typed some other hints; ‘hujan’, ‘bogor’, and ‘kesepian’ and I just saved all of the writings on the disk and read it thoroughly

Back from school, I did it again. I did search for the site through while browsing for school’s material. Until then I registered for the site. Most of the writers joining the site are from Jakarta. At that time, in the middle school, Jakarta sounds like a so far foreign land for me. In my eyes, Jakarta is a capital city of my country--that in Jakarta, there would be so many arrogant people living there, that they must through a very hard life competing with each other. It’s quite funny to remember what I thought at that time, since today I found Jakarta no longer that scary.

The time I joined, I found a senior writer, Ayu Prameswary. I remember I asked her questions about the basics to use that site, such like how to adding friends, commenting to friend’s posts, and even to posting my writings there. She patiently answered my silly questions.

The entry that I posted for the first time, I took it from my diary. People commented on my writings or only did their sharing or greeting. I met several of best friends--yeah, I did find best friends from the site. Without saying who’s them, I know they know they really meant to be in my life.

In the same year, I wrote poems almost everyday, even though I made stories, I only made love stories, the teenager ones. Finding people wrote masterpiece, I then found my writings were sucks, love stories; love poems; without any morality points. Isn’t the plot and the character clear and lovable? Many questions reveal.

I did really start it from the lowest part like everyone might do (not for saying I’ve made my best, it’s only for sharing: people can get better) 'til my writings becoming better. I can say it happened because I found user name miss worm and andrea there.



Andrea Hifran, taught me all she knew about writings. From a little theories like: don’t-tell-but-show, climax-anticlimax, the importance of research for a serious story, how to make outlines or good plots, she taught me well almost every little basic about writings. I don’t try to say my writings becoming great because of that, but I’m proud to make my writings better and better each time I write by the rules she gave me. I’m proud I always have a great efforts to study.

And since I’ve a huge interest to Literature, even 'til now I still I learn many things autodidactly . I love History and now I study Literature from its history. I read cultures and civilizations of human being from here.

I also believe that language is very important to be mastered. For instance, when I want to study more about British Literature, I found that I’ve to know more about British difference accent from American, British difference culture, and many more. And it required a good and sufficient English skill to do so. I just realize that I really need to know their languages, their habits, cultures, more. From that on, I try applying the list. I think my Faculty provided a library with enough complete books about it. I’m eager to. I’m willing to be fluently of speaking in many languages.

Beside that, I tried to differ my priority studying the languages from the native speaker and which are easier and faster to be learned (I believe it depends on my interest). And it came to: English, French and Japanese, and German.

Take a look here . Ummh, isn’t it great to learn more about all of those matters? I found myself really happy to learn; and that I would cheer all day long.

Literature would contain many things: from prose to poems, from essayist to lyricist, even Science Fiction which being one of popular prose themes also do great contributions to our daily’s life. We would know how people in England lived, how cold the winter time is without ever being go to a winter’s season country, how African race have arguments to the white man. We could read interesting and important people diaries like Anne Frank’s and Hitler’s and Pramoedya Ananta Toer’s or maybe stories about valuable things in life.

And let me tell you about how complex literature is, from what my self-studied along these two months, I found that Literature has its great numerable themes. From its small branches:

Literature → Prose, Essay, Drama, Poems

All of we know that easy to define which is prose, essay, drama, or poem. And from studying Literature, it’d be not only that easy, it’s also really enjoyable to know the history of, many kind and themes of prose; essay; drama; poems, why people enjoy read one theme to another, and how exactly Subjects such like Philosophy, Psychology, and other Humanism Subjects till Chemistry, Physics, and other Natural Sciences Subjects do owned to Literature. By loving literature, we do save civilization of human. We save history, we save the past which then build the future.

I’d also love to share any other branches (I got it from here, anyway):

Prose → from its morph: 1. Ultra Short Story, 2. Flash Fiction, 3. Short Story, 4. Novella/Novelette, 5. Comic Novel, 6. Novel

from its content: 1. Absurdist fiction, 2. Adventure novel, 3. Comic novel, 4. Crime fiction ; Detective fiction, 5. Experimental literature, 6. Fantasy ; Bangsian fantasy, Comic fantasy, Contemporary fantasy, Urban fantasy, Fairytale fantasy, Heroic fantasy, High fantasy, Historical fantasy, Celtic fantasy, Steampunk, Wuxia, Medieval fantasy, Prehistoric fantasy, Juvenile fantasy, Low fantasy, Fantasy of manners, Mythic fiction, Romantic fantasy, Science fantasy, Planetary romance, Sword and Planet, Superhero fantasy, Sword and sorcery, 7. Gawęda, 8. Gothic fiction; Southern Gothic, 9. Historical fiction; Holocaust novel, 10. Horror; Splatterpunk, 11. Medical novel, 12. Microfiction; 55 Fiction; Drabble; Nanofiction, 13. Metafiction, 14. Musical fiction, 15. Mystery fiction, 16. Philosophical novel, 17. Political fiction, 18. Quest, 19. Religious fiction; Christian novel, 20. Romance novel; Historical romance; Paranormal romance, 21. Saga, Family Saga, 22. Satire, 23. Slave narrative, 24. Speculative fiction; Alternative history; Science fiction; Cyberpunk; Nanopunk; Soft science fiction; Hard science fiction; Weird fiction, 25. Sports fiction, 26. Surrealist novel, 27. Thriller; Conspiracy fiction; Legal thriller; Psychological thriller; Spy fiction/Political thriller; Medical thriller, 28. Tragedy; Tragicomedy, 29. Urban fiction, 30. Westerns

Essay → Academic essays, Descriptive, Narrative, Exemplification, Comparison and contrast, Cause and effect, Classification and division, Definition, Dialectic, Other logical structures (The logical progression and organisational structure of an essay can take many forms)

Drama → Tragedy, Comedy, and combination of that both.

Poems → Universal Themes

I don’t know, but I’m interested to read and write all of those kinds. I even made schedules to learn how to write them--every single day. Yeah, I need to be stick to my own tutorial program; tutoring myself to write in many forms of writings.

October 10th, 2009
12:21:58 WIB

1 comment:

  1. It's been a while away from fiction production and when I felt it was time to stretch some old muscles, our beloved kemudian is dead. Could you tell me what happened?

    Anyway, I'd really like to thank you for having some of my theoretical splice featured herein--I hope they really helped. Also I'd like to clarify certain point: that I had never suggested anyone to 'show-not-tell', not once, not even typed the term or its synonyms; well, until now.

    I believe this is to do with amian zanggol's public comment on one of my older works. What it conveys is not necessarily of my own standpoint. Even if it is, I'd prefer the pair 'mimesis-diegesis' for the ease and accuracy to refer to.

    In fact, I don't pick one in favor of the other. Not only the two are too subtle for me to differ; they are, functionally-speaking, simply not mutually exclusive [see e.g. here for elaboration]. I don't keep both concepts in my toolbox; what they address is something I usually handle on different level. In short, I don't use them let alone prescribe them.

    Some quibble be raised. Thanks.

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