In Cicalengka-Bandung Train

Purwa Aswa Purba Monument

The economy class train is always an opera to me. Many things to see here. And this is a characteristic of Indonesian trains, I think. I used to go from Cicalengka Town to Bandung City, and vice versa. From Cicalengka Station, I take the economy train called KRD Ekonomi. The ticket costs 1,000 IDR from Cicalengka to Ciroyom Station (a small station after Bandung Station), or 1,500 IDR from Cicalengka to Padalarang. It’s very cheap, but the train will stops at every small stations.

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Does A Writer Need to Write on Newspaper before Start the Writing Career?

NewspapersBy Rie Yanti

Literary on newspaper, such as short story, essay, poetry, critique, is interesting. It is high standard of literary, but popular at the same time, and as my friend said, “You see the money sooner.” However, newspaper literary has particular taste that does not always suit every writer. If any contributing writer insists with his own taste, it’s predictable, he will get a refusal. Sooner or later the question come up, “Do I really need to write on paper before start my writing career?”

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Self Publishing or Major Publishing


Yet the old question seems relevant these days: do you self publish or publish your book through major publishing? Self publishing is exhausting. First, get the pre production things done: manuscript, layout and cover design. For legal shake you also should register its copyright and ISBN. Then print it, while calculating the book price (usually five times of production costs). Distribution is the next step. If you hire the professional, they would ask 35-60% discount. Afterward, it’s promotion. That’s all? That’s the beginning! The most thrilling part is to know the public responds. You need to at least reach BEP, don’t you?

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Be Creative with Tobucil and Klabs

Be Creative with Tobucil & Klabs

When you are in Bandung City, don’t hesitate to knock on Tobucil & Klabs’ door. Physically, it is a mini-bookstore. But it also sells the handmade creations like accessories, knitting yarn, tools for knitting or crocheting, block notes, et cetera. There are a lot of cultural activities too.

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Menulislah Seperti Bicara

Oral cultureThe literate culture is not quite popular in Indonesia yet. Oh, sorry, I think it is not merely in Indonesia. Say, people everywhere love to talk more than write. In particular, this oral culture has been supported by the television and the movies. So to match this, the writers should write like they talk. Whether it is fiction (novel, scriptwriting, advertisement) or non fiction (news, sales letter, memoir) the formula could make your craft pleasurable to read. Also communicative.

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9 Penyebab Writer’s Block, Kenali dan Hindari

Mendung writer's block
Mendung writer’s block. Illustration by Brahm.

We can get the writer’s block, I think because we: (1) Are inconsistent (often change the idea, without even single finished story). (2) Have the others activity beyond the writing (it easily turns the goal off). (3) Pending the work too long. (4) Have a problem in confident (like feel that don’t have any talent). (5) Surrender to the underestimation by folks (people sometime doesn’t consider writer as a real job). (6) High-voltage of ego (so we become vulnerable with any sharp critic). (7) Low level of healthiness. (8) Wrong location to write (sometime it makes bad mood). (9) Personal problem (motivational things, include).

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