Re-appreciate Jaipong Dance

RumingkangWhen I was a child, I desired to learn pendet, a dance from Bali. I liked the dancers’ eyes. They open wide and wild. It is very different with a dance from my region, jaipong. This dance looks bored, old-fashioned, hick, and the dancers sometimes has to do some movement with her hip or back.

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Giving Names to Fictional Characters

If you are going to have a baby, I bet you are busy to think about its name. Simply because a name is a prayer, an image. Wrong in naming, wrong in the future. Ask any brand strategist, ask any parent. Giving names to the fictional characters too.

If you really don’t have any idea, try to look up the dictionary, White Pages, visit some naming websites, or other fictions. I am quite surprised that these days there are authors who still have a problem in naming her heroes.

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The Strongest Reason to Write

Strongest-Reason-of-WritingOne always has a reason behind thing she does. So do the writers when write. I myself write simply because I want to write. That’s all. You may say, it’s a shallow reason. But I think otherwise. Let me use the love analog. If a woman ask her man, “Why do you love me?”, and he reply, “Because you’re gorgeous, rich, smart,” do you believe that’s a good answer?

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Take A Look Around for Writing Inspiration

Waiting for inspiration

Pretty often, we the writers are attacked by a so-called laziness virus. Doing research for the next story for a time bores us too. It’s stressful! How to make a story without feel it as a burden? If it’s your question (and was mine), here the dos list I suggest:

  1. Go out. Take adventure beyond the routines. Like Jean-Mari Gustave Le Clézio, the 2008’s Nobel Prizewinner in the field of literature, did. It will give you things to write.
  2. Listen to other’s story. You will amaze how your ordinary friends have quite interesting experience. At least, it can be a trigger for your work.
  3. You love the songs? Ok. Listen to the lyrics, not merely the music. Sometime it’s inspiring enough as a starting point.
  4. Or, just take a look around you. Believe it or not, every object near you has a meaning. You just need to be more critical and imaginative about objects that used to be insignificant to you.

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