Tiga Tahap Sebelum Menulis Kreatif yang Patut Kamu Ketahui

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Terlepas dari definisi kreatif yang berbeda bagi tiap-tiap orang, aku rasa kita bisa menilai tulisan itu kreatif atau tidak tergantung pada cara si penulis artikel tersebut menyampaikan idenya dengan cara yang menarik sehingga pesan yang meski bukan barang baru, tetap meninggalkan kesan tersendiri di hati atau otak pembaca.

Menulis kreatif yang berkualitas bukanlah hal yang mudah. Dalam hal yang aku maksud adalah tulisan yang sarat pesan penting dalam balutan bahasa yang mudah dipahami. Aku sendiri selalu berpegang teguh setiap penulis mempunyai kewajiban moral menyampaikan hal baik ke sebanyak mungkin orang yang ia mampu jangkau, bukan memamerkan pengetahuan atau kecerdasannya semata.

Membuat orang membaca pesan baik kita tidak selalu menerima sambutan hangat. Bukan berarti tidak semua orang baik, hanya saja manusia memang ada waktunya jenuh dengan hal positif. Hal ini sangatlah wajar. Menulis kreatif pun menjadi salah satu cara agar pesan baik atau berita yang netral bisa menyentuh relung yang sedang jenuh melalui cara menyenangkan. Berikut aku mau berbagi pengalaman tahapanku hendak menulis kreatif yang tidak semuanya membahagiakan seperti yang tadi aku bilang:

  1. Mengasah kepekaan

Sejatinya, penulis yang baik adalah mereka yang memanfaatkan segala yang indera tangkap menjadi bahan berbicara. Setiap yang dilihat, didengar atau dirasa bisa disaring menjadi bahan untuk menulis. Setiap tempat, orang mau pun kejadian dapat memberikan ide untuk menulis.

Favorit aku mencari ide menulis adalah di tempat umum, tepatnya transportasi umum. Berada di Transjakarta, KRL hingga angkot selalu menjadi momen mengasyikkan untuk melihat dan mengamati orang asing yang berada di moda transportasi yang sama. Saat penumpang lain tertidur, bercakap satu sama lain hingga sibuk dengan gawai masing-masing, di situlah pikiran dan inderaku berkeliaran. Radarku menangkap banyak hal yang bisa digarap menjadi tulisan, entah ringan untuk dinikmati sendiri atau bisa diperluas menjadi artikel serius.

  1. Menentukan jenis tulisan

Katakanlah, sudah tertangkap hal yang dianggap menarik, langkah berikutnya yakni menentukan apakah tulisan tersebut sekadar untuk konsumsi pribadi atau untuk khalayak ramai. Apakah ide tersebut akan dibuat menjadi tulisan kreatif ringan atau serius.

Jika cukup menjadikan gagasan tersebut akar menulis kreatif ringan fokus berubah ke teknik kepenulisan yang unik. Lagi-lagi, si penulis perlu menentukan sendiri “nada” tulisan tersebut, apakah lucu, sedih, datar, satir, sinis, nyinyir, dan lainnya.

Sedangkan jika memilih menaikkan level gagasan menjadi tulisan dengan cakupan lebih luas, si penulis harus siap dengan referensi pendapat orang lain yang lebih ahli atau teori pendukung untuk menambah daya berat tulisan ini. Tulisan kreatif bukan berarti a la kadarnya melainkan tulisan yang bermakna dalam dengan sajian santai.

  1. Melakukan riset

Entah meniatkan gagasan tersebut menjadi tulisan semacam etalase atau serius, si penulis sebaiknya melakukan riset agar si buah pemikiran nantinya menjadi anak yang beda dari lainnya meski tema kurang lebih sama. Sebagai contoh, si penulis ingin mengupas tentang bahaya memakai gawai terlalu lama usai mendapati hampir semua penumpang KRL mengisi waktu di KRL dengan memainkan gawai mereka atau mendengarkan musik melalui ponsel cerdas masing-masing.

Jika si penulis hendak fokus ke nada tulisan, katakanlah ingin tulisannya kocak, ia sebaiknya memoles gaya tulisannya. Di sini, melakukan riset bisa berarti bereksperimen berulang-ulang atau membaca karya penulis lain yang sata paham dengannya.

Atau si penulis lebih memilih mengangkat ide yang sama menjadi bahan artikel dengan cakupan lebih luas. Maka yang perlu dilakukannya yakni mencari data atau statistik dampak negatif terlalu lama memakai gawai bagi psikologis seseorang, misalkan. Bisa pula menambahkan contoh kasus yang mendukung pendapat si penulis tadi.

Meski menyoroti dua sisi yang berbeda, hasil produksi dari contoh di atas tetap menjadikan tulisannya kreatif sebab dari sudut pandang yang berbeda tersebut didukung oleh analisa dan data. Kreatif bukan berarti sembarangan. Kreatif itu bebas tetapi bertanggung jawab.

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Sebuah Undangan dari Alqur’an yang Tak Bisa Lagi Aku Abaikan

Setelah sekian puluh tahun menulis, 11 tahun terakhir di antaranya untuk mencari nafkah, tibalah aku di tahap menulis topik yang paling ingin aku hindari. Tema tersebut adalah tentang agamaku sendiri dan Alqur’an, media dimana Alloh swt melalui sunah Rosululloh saw membimbing hidupku selama ini.

Aku paling takut menulis tentang Alloh swt, Alqur’an dan Islam selama ini, setidaknya dalam tulisan panjang yang Insya Alloh akan mulai aku hadirkan di blog ini berikutnya. Aku mempunyai beberapa alasan yang ingin aku bagikan di sini.

Alasan pertama adalah aku tidak mau terlihat atau terdengar seperti penceramah. Kesampingkan dulu ilmu soal Islam dan agama yang masih sangat minim, ide memberitahu, mengarahkan orang lain untuk berbuat baik dan benar sesuai tuntunan Islam (percaya atau tidak) kadang masih terdengar munafik di telingaku. Bagi yang sudah kenal aku, mereka mungkin menganggap aku orang baik tetapi sesungguhnya aku mempunyai sifat keras kepala.

Belakangan baru sadar ternyata keras kepala dan tidak suka diperintah memang sifat alamiah manusia. Butuh waktu untuk sadar. Salah satu orang yang susah diberitahu itu aku. Aku saja susah memberitahu diriku sendiri, bagaimana mungkin aku akan mengajak orang lain pada kebajikan?

Aku juga nggak mau terdengar bijak. Senantiasa berpikir positif menurutku solusi yang terlalu pintas untuk beberapa kasus tertentu. Dunia ini penuh dengan cerita kejam, kawan. Apa cukup hanya dengan berbaik sangka kepada Alloh swt lalu segala masalah akan selesai?

Diriku yang begitu skeptis akan hidup dalam setahunan terakhir menghadapi hantaman masalah pelik hingga aku nggak punya tempat pergi selain kepada-Nya. Bahkan aku nggak bisa lagi menemukan kedamaian dengan mempercayai diriku sendiri.

Di suatu hari pada Oktober/November 2017, babak baruku bersama Alloh swt dimulai. Aku nggak bisa cerita persoalan apa yang aku hadapi saat itu. Hanya saja hal tersebut begitu berat hingga aku tak bisa lagi bercerita kepada sahabat dekatku. Aku pernah di posisi yang kurang lebih seperti ini sebelumnya tetapi kali ini rasanya lebih sulit sebab lawanku adalah kesedihan, keputusasaan dan hilangnya harapan. Sedangkan dulu musuhku adalah kemarahan pada seseorang.

Tetapi justru dari cobaan ini, babak baru hubunganku dengan Alloh swt mulai lebih mendalam dari yang sebelumnya. Melalui proses yang cukup panjang justru aku belajar melakukan hal yang paling susah untuk aku lakukan selama aku hidup selama ini: percaya pada rencana baik-Nya.

Iya, buatku khusnudzon sama Alloh swt itu paling berat. Kenapa? Sebab aku dari kecil terbiasa berjuang memperoleh yang aku mau. Usaha segini, harus dapat segini pula. Aku juga tipikal perencana. Segala harus sesuai jadwal. Kalau sedikit meleset aku stres parah. Berhubung hampir semua yang aku mau terwujud, lama-kelamaan rasa sombong itu mulai membesar. Tanpa disadari aku alfa bahwa semua karena Alloh swt yang memampukan aku.

Titik puncak itu datang di bulan tersebut. Ibarat berpegang pada seutas tali yang tadinya sangat erat, perlahan genggaman itu aku lepaskan. Tali di sini maksudnya segala hal yang di luar kendaliku, termasuk masa depanku sendiri. Segalanya (sampai sekarang) aku percayakan kepada-Nya. Aku banyak belajar meyakini-Nya. Konsep iman kepada Alloh swt seperti terlahir kembali buatku.

Semakin aku berusaha khusnudzon ke Alloh swt, cobaan tak hentinya datang. Dimulai dari kehilangan pekerjaan akhir 2017, menerima pekerjaan baru yang kurang pas, hingga ayahku sakit berbulan-bulan mampir ke timeline hidupku.

Namun malah dalam ujian besar itu aku belajar agar memfokuskan hidup pada hal yang memang penting yang sebelumnya aku abaikan, seperti keluarga dan kesehatan. Di situ aku merasa sangat terharu saat tetangga dan saudara menjenguk bapakku yang sedang sakit. Subhanalloh.. kalau bukan karena Alloh swt yang menguatkan aku, entah apa jadinya aku waktu itu, yang di tengah bapakku yang sakit aku masih harus bekerja dari jarak jauh. Ajaib dipikir aku bisa sekuat itu.

Aku turut membaca dan mempelajari Alqur’an dengan mata yang baru. Aku memang beberapa kali khatam membaca Alqur’an tetapi jujur, aku nggak merasa apa-apa selain kalimat perintah dan larangan.

Alhamdulillah, ceramah dari Nouman Ali Khan mengajakku mempelajari Alqur’an dari dalam hati. Dari proses ini aku jadi paham mengapa belajar Alqur’an yang sesungguhnya hingga memperoleh manfaatnya secara langsung itu teramat sangat sulit. Hingga sekarang aku terus berusaha menjadikan Alqur’an obat penyejuk hati dengan proses refleksi diri. Masih kesulitan sebab memerlukan hati yang bersih dan ikhlas agar bisa benar-benar terhubung langsung ke Alloh swt via Alqur’an ini.

Atas khutbah-khutbah Nouman pula lah serial tulisan ini ada. Jika atas alasan ingin meninggalkan jejak baik di dunia maya, rasanya aku terlalu mulia. Padahal ilmu nggak seberapa. Jika hanya ingin memanfaatkan hadiah titipan dari Alloh swt berupa menulis dan membaca kok rasanya terlalu pendek jika aku hanya berhenti di situ.

Akhirnya, aku menemukan alasan yang pas akhirnya berbagi tulisan seperti ini. Lagi-lagi terinspirasi oleh Nouman Ali Khan (terima kasih banyak pak Nouman), aku memilih menulis serial tulisan ini sebab ingin berbagi kearifan Alloh swt dalam Alqur’an melalui hal-hal kecil yang aku amati, rasakan, dan refleksikan. Tentang hidupku sendiri atau orang lain.

Sebab setiap dari kita adalah bagian dari rencana besar-Nya. Tiap dari yang ada di muka bumi, langit, laut dan seisinya adalah bukti keadilan, kekuasaan dan kehendak-Nya. Ayat-ayat dari-Nya bisa kita rasakan dan saksikan setiap saat, jika kita benar-benar menggunakan akal kita. Dan akan lebih baik lagi jika kita mengimani-Nya.

Bismillahirohmanirrohim.. semua yang benar datang dari Alloh swt, yang salah semuanya murni dariku, hamba yang serba lemah dan penuh khilaf.

Completing Reading “North and South” Like No Other Previous Novels

When I was about to begin today, I suddenly had an idea of delaying doing my daily job to resume reading ‘North and South’. I remembered only 50 pages left till the novel came to a close. Reading the novel would be the best thing to entertain my mind before writing things on gadget and technology.

The simple mission was going a bit further as I was on the reading process. My mind said, “Why didn’t I finish it once and for all?” I couldn’t help dealing with pain and sadness coming on the life of Margaret Hale over and over again in the course of months.

So, the final reading process was a bit on freeing myself from reading the problems faced by the heroine. Another aspect was being curious how she and John Thornton finally end up in happiness.

The book does put my mind at ease. In fact, the finale relieves me like no other previous books ever do. Elizabeth Gaskell’s description on the life of Margaret isn’t as extremely heartbreaking as Thomas Hardy’s Tess. In Tess’s ill-fated life, Hardy depicts her journey as very saddening, too much to handle within a book. Her story stresses me out.

Hale’s life is as dark as Tess in different ways, though. Tess’s problems mostly deal with romance, public view on her virginity and how she reclaims her dignity. Margaret Hale’s is more complicated and diverse. I can’t say the deaths of her parents as problems, by the way. That’s the way how life is, every human being will pass away sooner or later.

Margaret Hale’s tender and kind heart puts her in difficult situations for she can’t ignore the poor around her in Milton. The problem is, as the book progress, she has to “enlighten” Nicholas Higgins, a rebellious, alcoholic worker. The scene where she and his daughter, Bessy, share conversations until the latter dies peacefully, cuts me to the heart. After Bessy dies, Margaret Hale takes Nicholas to her father, once a parson. She even recommends him looking for a job to John Thornton.

I guess that’s the way she has to pay for all the care that she has for the poor and poverty around her. I mean like, she could have shut her eyes, right? I thought this part would take little portions of the book but that wasn’t the fact. Sometimes I wonder why didn’t Gaskell place more romantic scenes between Margaret and John for the sake of refreshment.

I thought, too, as Margaret left Milton for staying with Edith and her aunt, what was left to be revealed was how she and John reunited then lived happily. And I was curious how that would happen because of Margaret’s undesirable to get married to any man and John’s decision not to force his feeling upon her.

How wrong was I then! After the death of her father, Margaret was even more sentimental and miserable. She could cry every now and then remembering all the things that went so fast. She was very sad after knowing her brother, Frederick, couldn’t come back to England because of his mutiny problem. I couldn’t imagine her emotional turmoil, especially when she heard her father passed away. She was numb; her mind was going nowhere even when her aunt, Mrs. Shaw, was talking to her.

When she was buried so deep in sadness, her godfather, Mr. Bell, came and soothed her feeling. I was amazed by the bond between the two for Mr. Bell was very caring to her although they didn’t meet frequently. He then invited her to revisit Hellstone and met some people there. I myself really loved this type of plot because I believe that in life, to brush off lingering pain left hidden in the heart, one must go back to the place where everything starts off. Once, this will make them realize they are brave enough to feel the wound again. Secondly, doing this will somehow make the scar no longer that painful. And third, who knows that things change for the better.

I was surprised that the third one occurred to her. I was happy when reading this part although, yes, in the beginning Margaret recalled all memories, especially when she was inside the parsonage, her home for 20 years. But as she was feeling the pain, she noticed things changed for the better, nothing stayed the same. Not even the flowers. I love how Gaskell put a lot of nature elements here to encourage her living the life again in good light.

Just when I fancied the very last thing to be waiting for was the part of her and John another blow hit me quite hard; the sudden death of Mr. Bell. I was gloomy again because I had a sympathy for this character. And no.. she was sad, again and again.

The last ever problem was the bankruptcy of John’s business. Again, I loved the scene where he and his mother was conversing so deeply when things were going so tough. Their love was beautiful to be imagined.

As the novel was two or three pages left, it was really the part of Margaret-John remained to be seen (oh finally). They met unintentionally in a dinner hosted by Edith. It was Edith who invited John via Henry Lennox. So they met but not many words exchanged between the two.

After Margaret knew his failed business, she was willing to give him some unused money she had from Mr. Bell. There, they couldn’t stand of feeling the love. Not many flowery words or whatsoever. They just knew they were meant to share what they had kept, the longing for each other, at that very moment.

Thus, the book ended. Hence, the problems stopped. Now, I can breathe deeply for eventually I don’t lose that magic speed reading for books I completely admire, like this one, and no more matters for Margaret. Thank you very much, Elizabeth Gaskell.

 

 

Istilah “Penulis Konten” yang Begitu Mengusik Tetapi Saya Tak Bisa Berbuat Banyak

Mengetik “content writer” belakangan menjadi andalan saya ketika mencari proyek lepas baru melalui beberapa situs pencarian kerja gratis yang ada di internet. Normalnya, akan langsung muncul banyak pilihan posisi “content writer” baik sebagai pekerja lepas atau pun pekerja penuh. Beda halnya ketika saya mengetik “penulis”. Si mesin hanya sedikit memunculkan profesi tersebut, padahal inti pekerjaannya sama, yakni menulis.

Biasanya, “content writer” atau “penulis konten” diminta untuk mengisi laman media sosial atau situs sebuah perusahaan atau instansi. Sungguh saya sangat beruntung mempunyai hobi menulis yang semakin dibutuhkan di era serba digital seperti sekarang. Meninggalkan jejak berupa kesan baik di dunia maya, salah satunya melalui tulisan, semakin saja dibutuhkan. Ya, setidaknya saya tak perlu bergantung pada menulis buku atau novel (yang sampai sekarang ini belum saya selesaikan) untuk bertahan hidup sebab saya bisa menjadi penulis bayaran.

Hanya saja, istilah “penulis konten” dari awal kemunculannya menggelitik sanubari saya sebagai orang yang doyan nulis dari kecil lewat buku harian ini. Kata “konten” saja, meski diterjemahkan cukup oke dari kata aslinya, “content”, tetap berasa aneh. Saya jadi ingat dengan meme yang pernah menyindir makanan dan minuman dalam bahasa Indonesia harganya jauh lebih murah dari namanya saat ditulis dalam bahasa Inggris (terlepas dari si empunya tempat makan menyewa di tempat mahal atau tidak).

Jangan-jangan kata penulis konten membuat profesi menulis lebih terangkat derajatnya (entah lebih tinggi pula bayarannya atau tidak) seperti kasus makanan dan minuman di atas (ingat loh ya, seperti).

Atau kata penulis konten ini membuat menulis bisa memiliki tingkatan yang lebih nge-pop dan ramah pasar ketimbang kata penulis yang terkesan serius dan idealis.

Sebut saya baper atau terlalu dibawa serius, penulis konten di satu sisi membuat saya terangkat prestisenya, tetapi di lain sudut, menjadikan saya terkadang malu jika mengingat penulisan yang saya tulis sebagai seorang pro atau mengamati hasil kerja penulis konten lainnya yang bersliweran.

Terkadang atas nama kreativitas saya menyebut tulisan dalam kapasitas saya sebagai penulis konten layak baca. Toh, ujung-ujungnya semua orang pada akhirnya jualan kan? Ujar saya dalam hati seperti itu.

Tetapi jujur saja, terbiasa menulis untuk kepentingan pasar semata membuat saya kadang merasa rendah. Sama seperti saya membaca berita yang viral, yang nggak jauh-jauh dari membicarakan artis ini, tokoh itu, gosip yang belum tentu benar adanya hingga kuliner yang sedang hits. Hidup memang butuh hiburan tetapi apa iya hidup hanya diisi dengan mengurusi hal remeh semacam mencari tempat liburan baru di akhir pekannya?

Sebagai orang yang terlahir idealis (sifat yang masih sering merepotkan) ditambah kebiasaan saya yang suka berpikir serius, profesi saya sekarang sekaligus bahan bacaan saya saat ini mengikuti tren memang menurun secara kualitas.

Dulu saya masih suka membaca analisa panjang melalui The Economists, Bloomberg atau pun TIME. Meski sekarang saya jadi jarang membacanya, salah satunya karena pemikiran mereka yang kurang berimbang untuk pemberitaan terkait Islam, hilang sudah kesempatan membaca yang membuat otak saya terbiasa diajak berpikir kritis secara sopan dan ilmiah sebab saya malah lebih suka memantau media sosial.

Bacaan yang tergolong ringan pun adalah Reader’s Digest dan National Geographic, yang sesungguhnya tidak sesederhana saya bilang tadi. Saat saya rajin membaca mereka, saat itu dunia media sosial, aplikasi pesan gratis belum sepesat sekarang. Konsumsi artikel cepat saji belum terlalu diperhitungkan. Mengejar kuantitas, viral, klik belum sepenting saat ini.

Saya pun tak sanggup melawan arus zaman. Dari yang sebelumnya penulis akhirnya saya menambah embel-embel penulis konten. Yang dulu saya berjuang belajar menulis panjang dengan rentetan analisa dan komentar bagus sekarang saya justru berkutat bagaimana menulis dengan bahasa zaman now agar bisa dibaca banyak anak muda. Saya mencari klik, share hingga komentar sebanyak mungkin yang numpang lewat ke tulisan saya. Sungguh ini kerja yang cukup berat buat penulis yang sudah berumur 34 tahun dan lebih akrab dengan tulisan berat macam saya ini.

Lalu, menyesalkah saya?

50-50. Kadang saya rindu tulisan idealis seperti dulu, yang dibaca karena berkualitas, memberi pengetahuan dan wawasan.

Hanya saja industri merambah dimana-mana, tak terkecuali dunia media, jurnalisme hingga kepenulisan secara profesional. Akan sangat naïf jika saya terus-menerus mencoba melawan arah kapitalisme saat ini melalui dunia kepenulisan konten.

Pada akhirnya, saya mencari lalu mulai menemukan cara agar menjadi penulis konten tidak membuat saya merasa turun martabat dari segi isi artikel. Simpel saja. Saya berusaha menulis sekreatif yang saya mampu, memakai kosakata bahasa Indonesia yang unik hingga mengulas produk, aplikasi atau apa pun tulisan pesanan klien secara deskriptif atau sejenis feature.

Sebisa mungkin membuat saya tertantang menaklukkan tulisan tersebut dan menghilangkan sejauh mungkin perasaan tulisan ini bermutu kurang bagus atau promosi semata. Sejauh ini berhasil sih. Perkara pembaca merasa artikel saya berlebihan, terlalu agresif atau bombastis, itu saya kembalikan ke masing-masing pembaca. Buat saya bisa menikmati setiap artikel yang hendak ditulis dan menuangkan gagasan seprofesional mungkin itu berarti tugas saya sebagai penulis atau penulis konten sudah terlaksana secara baik, menurut ukuran saya pribadi.

Darkest Hour’ bringing my movie taste back at its place

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It had probably been years I hadn’t felt very satisfied watching an actor’s performance in commercial movies before I watched Gary Oldman in ‘Darkest Hour’ last week. The after feeling that was very worthy of waiting. I had anticipated the release of the film since last December and was afraid the film wouldn’t be screened here. Alhamdulilah (Thanks God) the movie was screened in Indonesia last Friday and I had a chance to secure one of the movie’s tickets on the first day of its screening.
I had high expectations entering the cinema room on that very day. On the back of my mind, I was thinking I would learn history a lot, not just about Winston Churchill. For a history junkie like I am this is more than a sufficient reason to watch history movies. What I didn’t expect to see was Oldman’s performance that exceeded what I thought I would watch. I only knew Churchill was one of the rare politicians in the world with his contributions to the UK at that time. But I never thought he was that very complicated until I watched ‘Darkest Hour’.
At the very beginning of the movie, you will see chaotic scenes since the UK was in very critical position at that time. It was 1940s when Nazis and Adolf Hitler were ruling the world, almost capable of toppling the UK. The country’s prime minister at that time, Neville Chamberlain, resigned because he was deemed unable to have dealt with the crisis.
Churchill’s first appearance made me think that he was worthy of pity. Like what his wife said, he was old enough to have replaced Chamberlain at the time when the country was in a very dangerous situation. Churchill knew that but he took the job anyway. Honestly, I pitied him. His previous bad records that sent the country losing in some battles was sufficient reason to yes, put him in the toughest position at that time plus audiences knew that he was chosen because he was the only person in the ruling party that was liked by the opposition party.
What happened after that was a series of disbeliefs from people around him, only very few who trusted his strategy. He was called dumb, overly-optimistic (well, suicidal to be precise). And you know what? I got carried away with the major opinion since this was proven by how Churchill acted. He was often doubtful even if when he was furious. Man! I can’t imagine how Oldman was capable of doing that kind of acting.
Up till the middle of the movie I was deeply engaged in Churchill’s confusion and doubt. He was taking risky decisions to save millions of Britons, and there had to be parties that needed to be sacrificed. Political tensions were clearly felt in the movie. All of his negotiation skills, military strategies seemed useless when he was firstly allowing Hallifax to hold a diplomatic talk with Italy as Hitler’s ally at that time. That was the moment I thought Churchill was gone, nationality theme was mere theory, that Churchill wasn’t special figure I need to admire until there was a scene when he was in an empty room looking so exhausted.
That was when I realized no matter how brilliant you were at whatever kind of knowledge you are interested at, if you don’t involve feelings then there is nothing extraordinary about you. So was Churchill.
There I finally saw the leader the world has saluted for decades was truly the one who deserves that. I finally came to believe his sacrifice, his unquestionable love for his country that made him unable to sleep, drank glasses of alcohol and smoke cigarettes.
That smooth, silent peak moment of the movie was the scene that brought him back at his principle of resuming the fight. It was surprising for me to have seen that Churchill’s confidence was back again not because of his cleverness but more of his bravery to take all that it cost to defeat the Nazis. The courage that arose because of his deep love for the UK. And that was more important than skills and knowledge that he had.
At crisis time, taking guts then inviting others to share the same spirit as you is everything that you need to do. That sounds so simple but that takes bumpy roads to be that much confident, inspiring as what happens to Churchill unbelievably played by Gary Oldman.

Thank you Rotten Tomatoes for the picture..

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Fly me to the UK for a literary adventure I’ve always dreamt of

Quoting famous speech from Martin Luther King Jr, ‘I Have a Dream’, well, I have a dream, too, which is to launch what I call as a literary adventure to say hello, take inspiration for writing then say thank you for these literary genius whose works not only entertain my soul but their imaginations and voices have helped me finding my own place in this hectic cum wonderful modern life.
Thomas Hardy
I have been longing for paying a visit to the places that play significant roles in the works of Thomas Hardy, one of my most-beloved authors. If you have bumped to this messy blog then you realize how much I admire his works as his name becomes the most-tagged word in this place, hehe..
If you ask me why do I love Hardy so much, one of my answers is because he knows how to appreciate nature then put them into beautiful words. Reading his novels soothe my heart because his words are indeed pieces of arts, beautifully-crafted.
I would really love to go to the house he was born in a house in Stinsford, a village and civil parish in southwest Dorset, one mile east of Dorchester. Stinsford is the original ‘Mellstock’ in his ‘Under the Greenwood Tree’ and ‘Jude the Obscure’. I haven’t read ‘Under the Greenwood Tree’ but I have enjoyed ‘Jude’.
The first site I wish I can visit is Hardy’s cottage as you can see from the below picture. This is where the poet was born in 1840 then writing ‘Far from the Madding Crowd’ in 1872 and ‘Under the Greenwood Tree’ in 1874. I can fancy how peaceful it was when he was working by looking at the cottage and its surroundings. No wonder he was able to produce very fascinating words as its neighborhood was providing him a lot of inspirations to write. Hardy was staying in the cottage until he was 34 years old.

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He once moved to London but never felt at home in the big city. As such, he built a house namely Max Gate, which is just a few miles from the cottage where he was living before. He and his first and second wife inhabited the house, which I think is quite large and exquisite, from 1885 until his death in 1928. This is the house where he was creating his best fictions; ‘Tess of the d’Urbervilles’, ‘Jude the Obscure’ and ‘The Mayor of Casterbridge’ as well as most of his poems. While general fans mostly applaud ‘Tess’, ‘Far’ or ‘Jude’, my most favorite fiction is yes, ‘The Mayor of Casterbridge’. I really really admire the book. Anyway, this is Max Gate.

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George Eliot
Mary Anne Evans or mostly popular as George Eliot (12 November 1819 to 22 December 1880) is my second most-adored Victorian novelist. Until now, I don’t know how Eliot produces such an extensive, rich in terms of issues, imaginations and characterizations as in Middlemarch. By the way, my personal favorite is ‘The Mill on the Floss’ as it becomes my first ‘real’ experience reading her works. I read ‘Silas Marner’ back when I was a university student but I don’t consider it as a ‘concrete’ experience because the book that I was savoring was its simplified version. I don’t want to read the unabridged version of ‘Silas Marner’ though because the story is really sad.
So this is Arbury Hall estate. In its South Farm, the very smart baby girl namely Mary Anne Evans was born in 12 November 1819. The estate was belonging to the Newdigate family where which her father was working as a land manager there.

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In early 1820, the author family moved to Griff House where Mary Anne was living for 20 years. After that, she was travelling and moving to some places. Here is the Griff House:

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Elizabeth Gaskell
For any Victorian enthusiasts, you should try Gaskell’s books, which move very soft and smooth. ‘Mary Barton’ is my favorite book from her. No wonder she is able to produce elegantly-made words. Gaskell is described as a lady-like person, tidy, well-mannered one. Oh, I can totally associate with her writings, in terms of word choice and placement, characters (esp in ‘Wives and Daughters’) and issue selections. If I have a chance, it will be delightful to stop by in this house, where the author and her family were living for some years. Let me put the address here: 84 Plymouth Grove, Manchester. Oh I love the building. What a lovely sight!images (3).jpeg

The Bronte sisters
Of course, the Bronte Parsonage Museum must be in the list! This is the house where the Bronte family was staying which is in Haworth, West Yorkshire. Looking at the building, I think the family is quite wealthy. My favorite Bronte is Anne because her traits much like mine, hehe. Who is your beloved Bronte, my friend?

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Charles Dickens
So far, I have read ‘The Old Curiosity Shop’. I honestly say I’m not really into his works which is a matter of writing style reason. But if I were in UK, this Charles Dickens museum as you can see below is a temptation I can’t resist, hehe.. The address is on 48 Doughty street, Holborn, London. It became the home for the author from 25 March 1837 until December 1839. Though it was relatively short, the house saw him producing best fictions, ‘The Pickwick Paper’ in 1836, ‘Oliver Twist’ in 1838, ‘Nicholas Nickleby’ between 1838 and 1839 and Barnaby Rudge in 1840 and 1841. How prolific Dickens was!

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Jane Austen
And here is the queen of all romantic women out there, I included, is the one and only Jane Austen. The picture shows Jane Austen house museum in the village of Chawton, near Alton in Hampshire. She and her family were occupying the house for the last eight years of her life. It is assumed she was revising the drafts of ‘Sense and Sensibility’, ‘Pride and Prejudice’ and ‘Northanger Abbey’ here. Austen also wrote ‘Mansfield Park’, ‘Emma’ (I love Emma!) and ‘Persuasion’ here.
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Wilkie Collins
And the last author who recently spurs my adrenaline is Wilkie Collins. He is chubby anyway by looking at his picture. Collins and his wife, Caroline Graves, were occupying Harley Street 12, Marylebone, in the central of London, from 1860 to 1864. I’m not really sure whether he owned the entire building or just rented some rooms of it. Collins is said to have written most parts of one of his best mysterious novels, ‘The Woman in White’, here. I currently look for reading the title after I am so immersed with ‘The Moonstone’. images (5)
So, those are a number of sites that completely attract my desires to go there. I think my bucket-list is already full even before I have enough money to make it, hehe.. Well, never mind. Hopefully the bucket will be filled. Till then, let’s dream again!
Thank you very much for Wikipedia, Wikimedia and Wilkie-Collins.info for providing all the lovely shots.