Ollie's Journal

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Recognizing Small Victories and Moving Forward to 2015

I’ve been a Muslim and embracing Islam all my life. While Islam means surrender, only recently that I surrender myself to the compassion and love of God. Accepting the fact that what I need is not neccessarily the same with what I want. And at the end of the year, I found myself losing some people […]


How to Discover The Power in You

Saya sedang makan siang bersama anak asuh saya yang berusia 17 tahun, saat ia mengecek Facebook-nya melalui laptop. Karena penasaran, saya kemudian berdiri di belakangnya untuk melihat bagaimana sebenarnya timeline seorang anak berusia 17 tahun. Apakah sama atau berbeda dengan timeline saya yang isinya kurang lebih teman-teman yang berbagi foto liburan, artikel bisnis, quote inspirasi, […]


Beijing International Book Fair 2014

I’m thrilled to be able to visit my first International Book Fair, Beijing International Book Fair 2014 (BIBF 2014) to represent NulisBuku.com with the winners of Tulis Nusantara 2014 writing competition (Ruwi from Ponorogo, Gege from Makassar & Rijal from Aceh) and Officials from the Ministry of Travel and Creative Economy of the Republic of […]


Bulan Narasi 2014

Can you write a novel in 30 days? 800 writers try to prove that they can, and at the end of the month, 150 writers finally succeeded writing their novels in 30 days! That’s the premise of Bulan Narasi (Nulis Rame-Rame Nasional) that was inspired from NaNoWriMo (National Writing Month), a global annual event to invite […]


For the Love of Words – From The 1st ASEAN Literary Festival 2014

I read more of Indonesian literature books in 3 days than in years, while attending ASEAN Literary Festival 2014 from 21 to 23 March 2014 in Taman Ismail Marzuki, Jakarta. Thanks to the fabulous programs, from poetry reading performance by Krishna Pabhicara, Khairani ‘Okka’ Barokka and Sosiawan Leak (they are my favorites), have access to high […]


The Traveling Words Writing Retreat: Journey to Your Heart

People are curious about The Traveling Words. Honestly, we were also curious on how The Traveling Words going to manifest. When Hanny & I first talked about this initiative, we found out that writing has helped us to overcome some challenges in our life that eventually grow us to become a better person. And we […]


Girls & Tech Book Launch

“I think I have picked the wrong subject (in university), I’m not good with IT.” I’ve heard this complaint a lot of time, often from girls. This is not about the subject, it’s all about mindset. We all know that IT industry is overwhelmingly filled with men. When girls see that, they immediately label IT […]


The Traveling Words

It’s a special day. I was invited to be a guest lecturer at ESQ Business School to talk about creative writing. Of course this is kind of suprising for me, because it’s a business school (unusual to have creative writing lesson in a business school) and I usually invited to talk about entrepreneurship. So this […]


Fiction Writing Tips: How to Create Outline and Generate Ideas

When you write a story or a book, it’s only going to be useful for your readers, when you finish it. What I’ve heard from time to time, young aspiring writers have difficulties to finished a writing. I wrote the 3 basic rules to finish a book. One of them is about writing outline. An […]


Why I Love Poetry

The first time I have interest in Poetry was when I visit Dublin, Ireland in 2011. There, in a small bookstore near Trinity College, I saw a whole shelf full of Poetry books and I thought, I never see something like this in Indonesia. Poetry has been stamped as an ‘art’ that could never be […]


Makassar International Writers Festival 2013

It was unforgettable moment for me, to be able to witness more 700 young people of Makassar, gathered in Fort Rotterdam and enjoy, really enjoying, poetry reading at the closing ceremony of Makassar International Writers Festival (MIWF) 2013 @makassarwriters. I said to Josephine Chia, fellow speaker & writer from Singapore, “Josephine, this is big.” Josephine […]


Why Teachers must Write

Saya merasa di Indonesia, menulis belum mendapat ruang yang cukup di sekolah. Padahal saat ini semua dilakukan dengan menulis. Mulai dari menulis email, menulis pesan via whatsapp/bbm, ngetwit sampai update status. Semua membutuhkan keahlian menulis. Jika tidak biasa menulis, bisa-bisa yang ditulis akan menimbulkan kebingungan dan salah kaprah banyak orang, pesan dalam tulisan tidak akan […]


Set Writing Goals for 2013

For the latest Nulis Buku Club meetup, we picked ‘Set Writing Goals for 2013‘ as the topic of the meetup. We invite one of the most productive writers, @IfaAvianty, writers of 70 books, to share her tips on setting writing goals. Mbak Ifa explained that we have to check our time availibility, physical health, emotional […]


3 Questions You Must Answer to Finish Your Book

I was interviewed in a talk show in MNCtv News yesterday about my book ‘Yes, You Can!‘ with Bella Fawzi and Adjat. After the show, I sat down for a while in their couch to eat some delicious cookies :)) – then one of the crew come to me. He said, “Miss… I really want […]


UWRF 2012: Poetry in the Making

With writing life becomes more interesting. Writing teaches to most of us that we are not looking at things as closely as we ought to and we are not understanding them as deeply as we ought. These days, we let life slide off us. -Ted Hughes I travel to Bali for Ubud Writers and Readers Festival […]


Start Your Own Social Enterprise

“In 100 years, we will not be known for our technological advances; rather we will be known for how we used technology to tackle some of humanity’s biggest challenges.” ~ Adnan Mahmud, Co-Founder Jolkona.org I had the privilege to attend @AdnanMahmud session at @atamerica when he was visiting Indonesia last week. In a way, I felt that […]


‘Yes, You Can!’ Make Your Dreams Come True

It’s been 8 years since I published my first book. And last Saturday, September 15th, 2012, I launched my 25th book called, ‘Yes, You Can!‘ at Universitas Indonesia’s library. Thanks @NouraBooks and @UI_Library for making it happen. It was a mixed feelings. I still can’t believe that there are people coming to an event just for me […]


Inspiring Teacher

Who’s your most inspiring teacher? That is the question we asked on NulisBuku.com & Biovision’s writing competition with theme: Vision for Education in Indonesia: Gratitude to My Teacher. It got 200++ short stories submitted in less than 2 weeks. And finally we announce 3 winners, @Aida_aie @Steve_Me_Pure @Wuri27to experience free traveling to Belitung Islands in the […]


How to Write a Novella in 13 Days with UltraBook

This month I had a situation that make me have to write a novella (shorter version of novel) in 13 days (don’t ask why, it’s a long story hehe). It’s in the same time where I have to start 2 new biz ventures, one is Salsabeela fashion line (and Salsabeela boutique launch!) and other is […]


Beat Writer’s Block & Start Writing

I have just published 2 books in the past 2 months, they are Cerita Sahabat & Rahasia Penulis Hebat Menciptakan karakter tokoh. Both of the books are published at Gramedia Pustaka Utama (GPU), they’re one of the biggest publishers in Indonesia, and I’m excited to partner with a lot of great writers in those books. But […]