How to Generate Ideas for Writers

So, I just finished writing 2 books: one is my first travel journal, my story to find LOVE in 11 cities in the world (Yeap, I know you’re curious!) AND my first biography book, I wrote for my successful serial entrepreneur friend, Denny Santoso (you definitely want to read his success principles!). I’m pretty much in, not only holiday mood now, but also writing mood! Earlier this morning, I found my old journal where I kept a note of a very inspiring list on how to generate ideas for writers. I’m pretty sure I get this from some book, but I […]

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 I trust, losing a business I nurture for years, let go precious stuff I had, yet I gained so much more. In the midst of chaos, I finally found myself. In my religion, the first revelation that The Prophet Muhammad SAW received was ‘Iqra’ means […]

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, dan lainnya. Betapa terkejutnya saya saat melihat gambar pergelangan tangan yang berdarah-darah karena sudah disilet oleh pemiliknya sendiri dan di-upload ke Facebook. Beberapa likes dan komentar berdatangan menanyakan kenapa ia sampai menyilet pergelangan tangannya sendiri. Ia menjawab kalau ia baru putus dari perempuan kekasih hatinya. […]

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 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 Indonesia. Surely, China, a country that published nearly 8 billion books and 255,000 new titles a year, is an important region to watch. We skipped the Great Wall of China and went directly to New China International Exhibition Center (NCIEC) around an hour from city center. BIBF […]

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 writers to write their 50,000 words novel in a month. and Plot Point teamed up to organize this event. To be able to finished writing a novel in 30 days, you need focus, clarity, commitment and burning desire for your novel! I participated as […]

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 quality Indonesian literature from the publishers’ stands, getting more info about Indonesia’s participation in Frankfurt Buchmesse 2015 as guest of honor, to finally meeting living legends in Indonesia’s literature world like Joko Pinurbo, Goenawan Mohamad, Remy Sylado and many more. Bravo to all team behind […]

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 want other people to realize the potential and start exploring their life through writing. The question is: how? Finally last weekend we got the answer. It was such a pleasure for us to host our first Traveling Words retreat with a group of content writers. […]

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 as ‘made for men’ and difficult. Some of the girls never wanted to have anything to do with technology because of this perspective. I spend my teenage years knowing what I wanted to do: building websites. This idea came naturally after spending most of my […]

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 is new and I’m so excited! The students of ESQ Business School are all equipped with a set of positive mindest and enthusiasm, ESQ way. ESQ character building concept was founded by Ary Ginanjar Agustian. It’s known to combined IQ (Intelligence Quotient), EQ (Emotional Quotient) […]

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 outline to me, is like a map. Your writing is like a destination. To go there, to reach your destination, you need a map. In order to make an outline, I always use mindmapping technique. We’ll talk more about that soon. Before we start, we […]