On Being A Writer : Let’s Write Badly..!

19 Jan

The other day, my wife told me that one of my previous posts was “the worst post I’ve ever written in my blog.” Usually, I don’t take criticism that well. My colossal ego will get in the way and doesn’t allow her to even finish her sentence. Yet when I look back now, I had to agree somewhat with her opinion. That post just did not offer anything to the reader.

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On the other hand, what I want her to see is a lesson that I learned when several days ago I watched a tennis match in the TV. It was a re-broadcast of the Hopman Cup airing sometime ago, – involving Russia and France. The particular match that I watched was the one where Dinara Safina of Russia demolished Alize Cornet of France. Safina was just simply too powerful for Cornet, – outpowering her by devastating forehand winners and strong baseline plays. I was deeply enjoying her game when suddenly it dawned on me that for every successful game that she has, – there were many, countless hours of grueling practice where she might well be forced to refrain from doing other things she enjoys to do. It is also precisely on such practice sessions that she makes her mistakes, learn from those and develop what it takes to be a better player. At the moment, we all know where it gets her : Dinara Safina is currently one of the strongest female tennis players in the world.

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Here is the personal lesson and its related applications for me. Being a writer, granted, is a job which belongs to the creative realm. However, I cannot hide behind that fact and write only when an inspiration strikes me. I need to develop a regular practice, – however difficult -, to be a better writer. A harder thing to do perhaps, I also need to allow myself to make mistakes. To write some mediocre writings. And what other medium will fit this purpose better other than this personal blog of mine ? Here, from time to time, I need to write badly so I can write excellently when it matters in the future.

So with that in mind, – my dear wife and other readers -, let it be known that I intend to write more in this blog for this very purpose. If in the process I disappoint you with some silly, pointless posts; allow me to apologize in advance. There may well be some incoherent rants, because I feel this is what my blog supposed to be : my notes on life. In fact, I might have been thinking subconsciously about this when I chose a tagline for my blog : “My lessons of life. Sometimes bad, sometimes inspiring, always honest.” Thank you for understanding this need of mine.

On a lighter note, I also tried to develop some practices that I feel will delve me deeper into a writer’s habit. I actually bought some set of stationeries that didn’t cost me cheap to induce me to write more. This post was in fact written long-handedly in my paper notebook before I typed it and posted it here. I hope you like it, because that’s about it for now. Take care..!

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8 Responses to “On Being A Writer : Let’s Write Badly..!”

  1. Lisa January 19, 2009 at 10:20 am #

    Ya ampun Fajar, I’ve been having similar prob at work. Your post is enlightening, like always.

  2. Lisa January 19, 2009 at 10:20 am #

    Ya ampun Fajar, I’ve been having similar prob at work. Your post is enlightening, like always.

  3. unquote January 19, 2009 at 10:30 am #

    @ Ya ampun Lisa, thanks for the encouraging comment. I feel better about my writing already 🙂

  4. unquote January 19, 2009 at 10:30 am #

    @ Ya ampun Lisa, thanks for the encouraging comment. I feel better about my writing already 🙂

  5. Patrick January 26, 2009 at 7:12 am #

    ya ampun semua! Practice makes Perfect! 😀

  6. Patrick January 26, 2009 at 7:12 am #

    ya ampun semua! Practice makes Perfect! 😀

  7. henny January 27, 2009 at 6:46 am #

    Ya ampun eperibadeeeh! 😀 tapi yah, baca postingan ini jadi bikin saya nggak kecil hati 😀 hehehe… the promised land is within reach! hopefully i can write enough so i can produce one good thing, writing-wise, before i leave the planet. hardy-har-har…

  8. henny January 27, 2009 at 6:46 am #

    Ya ampun eperibadeeeh! 😀 tapi yah, baca postingan ini jadi bikin saya nggak kecil hati 😀 hehehe… the promised land is within reach! hopefully i can write enough so i can produce one good thing, writing-wise, before i leave the planet. hardy-har-har…

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