One day, I read a post that someone shared on Facebook; I liked the writer’s writing style for the first time I read it, so I visited his Facebook timeline to learn more about his writing.
He wrote excellent writing content. I can tell from what he had posted that he was a great writer.
I decided to follow him to read each of his latest posts and marked him as See First so that the posts will appear on my timeline before anyone else.
In the finest day, he announced about the enrollment of his writing class, I was interested, but I hesitated to take the opportunity as I was busy with my work at that moment. I was worried that I couldn’t focus on learning, so I decided to wait for the next enrollment. After several months passed, he finally re-opened the registration. I didn’t want to lose the second chance, so I enrolled in the class as soon as he announced it.
“Yuli, the lesson material will be sent every day for 30 days, with different topics each day,” he said, “it is equivalent of 30 meetings, or two and a half times more than the creative writing class I have held before—which was only 12 sessions in 3 months. I think It’s a lot more than the material for one course for one semester.”
It was the first time I had a chat with him, I was admiring him from every writing he wrote, and of course, I was excited to receive the first lesson.
I want to write as just how he writes, and I will be learning how to do it from him soon. I did not know how to describe my feeling at that moment, but I was thrilled.
From the first lesson, every morning, I felt excited about an incoming email lesson. When the lesson was received, I stopped my morning activities, looked for a comfortable place to read, and got excited about what I got.
As I have mentioned, I loved his writing style; I loved how he chose the diction and how he delivered the lesson using the storytelling method, and I fell in love with his writing day by day.
It was funny how I enjoyed his writing as if I got a gift box of surprise on my hand. I opened carefully to see what was inside, and when I figured it out, it made me more excited to dig deeper; and when I found what was in the bottom of the box, I smiled, wry smiled because I had to resolve a puzzle that I wasn’t sure I could do it.
In every material lesson delivered, there was a writing practice h gave, which sometimes made me feel bad. He made me realize that I was reading good books less.
I often read famous writers’ advice to read good books, but at that time, I didn’t know what it was a good book means. I just read random books I liked and didn’t consider them a good or not so good book.
“Well, Yuli, we have started our first lesson today,” he said after delivered the first lesson. “For the first day of practice, I hope you will copy a short story or a chapter of a novel from a Nobel Prize-winning author or a famous name equivalent to a Nobel Prize winner for literature.”
“With this exercise, I am sure that you will experience a lot of improvement; in style, etc, and that you will write better after the class ends,” he stated.
From that moment, I figured out that it was all that the famous writer means about a good book. And since then, I have promised myself to read lots. Read a lot of good books.
And here’s my reading list (in no particular order) that I want to finish over the next few months. Not all the books on the list are from noble prize winners, though. Some I read because it fit with the situation I am in now.
- No Excuses! The Power of Self-Discipline by Brian Tracy
- The Power of Your Subconscious Mind by Dr. Joseph Murphy
- Ignore Everybody: And 39 Other Keys to Creativity
- The War of Art by Steven Pressfield
- Steal Like an Artist by Justin Kleon
- Creative Writing by AS Laksana
- The Yearling—Jody dan Anak Rusa by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlin (translated novel)
- Old Man and The Sea (Lelaki Tua dan Laut) By Ernest Hemmingway (translated novel)
- Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury (Translated novel)
There are some more I want to add to my list, but I have to finish those on the list before adding some others.