Raden Ahmad Kosasih in Obituary

Some of R. A. Kosasih comics

On July 24, 2012, Indonesia lost one of its comic artists, R. A. Kosasih, at the age of 93. He is considered as the father of Indonesian comics. Some of his masterpieces are Sri Asih (a comic with a superhero like Wonder Woman), Rama and Sinta, and Mahabharata. His books were inspired by Hindu and Indonesian traditional literature such as wayang (puppet). But in fact, his books span many genres too, such as children, romance, martial arts and superhero comics. Farewell, Mr. Kosasih! Continue Reading →

Simple Idea Yet Unexpected

Simple Idea Yet Unexpected

Did you know, every good book has always one simple idea which easy to understand, but unexpected. Just one. Not that more ideas in a book is forbidden. But, the books that stick on readers’ mind have only one simple idea yet unexpected. I give you examples. The Secret: “Ask, you’ll be given”. Message from Water: “Behave and speak in positive manner, because it would affect the waters around you.” Simple, yet unexpected!

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Tahukah Anda, setiap buku yang baik selalu punya satu ide yang sederhana, mudah dipahami, tetapi tak terduga. Satu saja. Bukan berarti punya banyak ide dalam satu buku tidak boleh. Hanya, biasanya buku-buku yang akan diingat terus oleh pembacanya memang yang memiliki satu saja ide simple yet unexpected. Buku-buku ini adalah beberapa contohnya:

  • Rich Dad, Poor Dad (Robert Kiyosaki, 2000): Mulai sekarang, jangan mau jadi orang gajian atau hanya rajin menabung.
  • The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference (Malcolm Gladwell, 2000): Ternyata ada hal kecil yang sulit kita kontrol, tetapi bisa membuat kita sukses besar.
  • Message from Water (Masaru Emoto, 2004): Bersikap dan berkata-katalah yang positif, karena itu akan mempengaruhi air-air di sekitarmu.
  • Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking (Malcolm Gladwell, 2005): Pada tingkatan kepakaran tertentu, seseorang bisa mendeteksi ketidakberesan atau potensi sukses seseorang/sesuatu dalam satu kedipan mata.
  • The Secret (Rhonda Byrne, 2006): Mintalah, kau pasti akan diberi bila meyakininya.
  • Outliers: The Story of Success (Malcolm Gladwell, 2008): Untuk sukses, milikilah setidaknya 10.000 jam terbang di bidangmu.

Buku-buku fiksi? Ternyata sama saja. Karya-karya yang melekat di benak pembaca, apapun itu, selalu punya satu ide yang simple yet unexpected. Satu saja! Misalnya:

  • Laskar Pelangi (Andrea Hirata, 2005): Sekolah tidak menentukan sukses murid, murid sendirilah yang menentukan suksesnya.
  • Negeri 5 Menara (A. Fuadi, 2009): Selalu berusaha, optimistis, semangat dan yakin dengan apa yang Anda cita-citakan.
  • Lelaki Harimau (Eka Kurniawan, 2004): Komunikasi adalah kunci utama dalam sebuah hubungan.
  • Harry Potter (J. K Rowling): Kebaikan selalu bisa mengalahkan kejahatan.
  • The Little Prince (Antoine de Saint-Exupery, 1979 ): Melihat segala sesuatu melalui persepsi anak-anak akan menimbulkan pandangan positif terhadap berbagai hal yang terjadi dalam keseharian kita.
  • The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (Frank L. Baum, 1900): Tidak ada tempat yang lebih baik daripada rumah sendiri.

Sekarang, ambil buku-buku koleksi terbaik Anda. Baca lagi sekilas. Pasti ada satu pesan sederhana yang begitu kuat yang menyebabkannya mudah diingat oleh pembaca.

FAQ (Frequently Accused-Questions) to Fiction Writers

Evil judgeHave you, as a fiction author, ever been asked by people pretended to know everything about work of writing and publishing? Were you boxed into a corner by those questions? I was. I have ever faced few “judges” like that. But I never give a damn, ha-ha. I have a list of what did my friends negatively say about work of fiction. Unfortunately, I didn’t have time to translate those into English. But I bet you already knew things like: all fiction writers are liar, a words waster, ones who live in imagination without seeing the real world, blah. Insignificant accusations that can be easily countered. Continue Reading →

Mind Mapping for Fiction Writing

Mind mapping exampleDo you make a skeleton before writing your work of fiction? I do. It is important for me. The skeleton is like a railroad that makes the machinist saves his time from thinking all the time, “Where do I go after this station?” You can say, skeleton for a novel is the same as scenario for a movie. The audience does not need it, but the storymakers do. Continue Reading →