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Senin, 01 Oktober 2012

The Writing Enlightenment of MasKatno Giri’s senior



Caused by self awareness, MasKatno Giri is eager to be a writer. He could imagine how nice  being a writer is. Also he feels that  he is getting older and  his physical power is also  getting weaker. He is ready to be a  writing motivator for  himself and others.

He’s sure that one day later he can be  a real writer. From now on, he is still studying how to be a qualified writer. He has experiences to take many witting work shops. He got much
more enlightenment from his seniors, they advise him as the following:
1. Reward Yourself For Trying
Rewarding yourself for trying also means not demanding that your work be brilliant every day. It won’t be: it will be awful most of the time, but that’s ok. You’re growing a tree, it’s as important to work on the roots as it is to work on the bark and the branches. So if you think you did a crummy job today, remind yourself: ”I’m still working on the roots!”
2. Don’t Place A Goal On When You’ll Receive Your Worth
Please don’t say “when I publish this,” or “when my book sells this many copies I will be a writer.” If you’re writing with a goal in mind, then you’re already a writer, and if you’re trying your best, then you’re a good writer. If you’re writing regularly, then you’re showing up to work every day and that makes you a great writer. If you place your worth in the future, then you’ll think your worthless now. And I don’t have to tell you that feeling worthless is not fertile ground for motivation.
3. Be Flexible With Your Writing Schedule
If something happens that’s out of your control don’t feel too guilty about not writing that day. Guilt is one of those other emotions that will kill motivation in a heartbeat.
4. Don’t Self-punish
If you constantly punish yourself for not writing or for not being as good as Virginia Woolf already, then you’ll only fall into a hole of self-loathing and despair that will evaporate all motivation. This isn’t helping you or your book, so stop doing it. Be gentle with yourself. Patience is important, so if you find yourself being impatient with yourself, take a deep breath and quickly say: “Good job, ____! You’re doing it!”
Try also to see impatience like the yellow on a traffic light. When you start getting impatient with yourself, get ready to stop yourself before you start spiraling down the self-loathing hole. Impatience is often a precursor to self-punishment, so stop way before the red light hits.
5. Don’t Overwork Yourself
If you are an artist, it’s your job to play, no excuses. Now, there are times when you might be inspired and will go on for hours and hours with your creation, that’s not really workaholism. Usually that’s a good thing, because you feel a boundless energy. But when you start to feel a strain coming in, your eyelids closing, and that shine from the screen is starting to hurt your eyes, and your brain is all fuzzy and fried, then that’s when you’ve overworked yourself. Overworking is no good because the motivation to work the next day is taken from you. So, in the end, you actually end up getting less done if you overwork than if you simply allowed yourself to stop and play for a little bit.
6. Follow The Inspiration
Following the inspiration is difficult because that little pixie of inspiration that makes writing effortless and brilliant is not someone you can constantly count on. So, sometimes you set a schedule to just move through what needs to get done, but then the little pixie shows up, and even though you’ve scheduled yourself to be working on Ch. 2, she says you need to work on Ch. 19, a chapter you haven’t even begun yet. Just follow her. If you don’t, you’ll be beating yourself up as you write on Ch.2, and you’ll end up writing an awful draft that’ll just be tossed anyway. So why not move forward?
7. Work Through Emotions
When we are highly emotional or under a lot stress these are the most challenging moments to get motivated to write. After all, if our boyfriend or girlfriend doesn’t love us, or our parents are judging us, or our boss hates us, how can we possibly feel good enough about ourselves to do what we love to do?
Now, generally writers and other artists get their greatest inspiration from their pain and anguish, so in those cases making the art is easy. But that’s not the situation I’m talking about. I’m talking about when what you are planning to write either is not congruent with your emotions or the emotion acts as a wall to your creativity.
To work through these emotions, first write all of your emotions down. Just listen to what your mind is ranting about and write it all down, let it all out, everything. If you’re writing it on your laptop then as soon as your done, trash that document. If you wrote it on a piece of paper, throw that paper away or burn it if you’re into dramatic displays.
For the moment at least, you’ll wash away that emotion and you should be able to move forward with your work.
8. Write
When you don’t feel motivated to write your poem, short story, novel, then don’t write that. But, please do write. Write in your journal, write on you blog, write on your notepad. It can be awful, it can be brilliant. It doesn’t matter. Write in your head. Write something that will remind you what motivates you so that you are motivated to write, and maybe motivate others to do the same. That’s what I did.