As a preview, read the following reflective piece by Lucas Ng Gao Jie, a participant of our year-long Starstruck! Young Writers Programme.
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SO, why do I choose to be a Young Adult Fiction author? The answer is pretty simple. I love writing.
Authors are the most fascinating individuals around the world. They have the capability of transforming fantasies into reality, the creativity to construct fictional worlds of their own and the ability to influence minds of millions, since the early days of human civilisation.
By being an author, one shoulders the great responsibility to inspire and motivate generations to come, for a brighter future. Besides, they are also wonderful teachers on our path to destiny and victory. Since I was a toddler, my parents spent lots of time reading story books to me.
Books from the Walt Disney’s Classic series, Cocky’s Circle Little Books Series, Arowana Science Series, Peter and Jane series and several other children’s book publishers were my childhood memories.
I loved listening to their stories, and they enjoyed sharing good ones with me. Little did they know that their efforts had successfully galvanised my interest in English. I picked up my first book, The Wishing Chair by Enid Blyton, at the age of nine during a visit to a MPH Warehouse Sale.
Instantly, I was mesmerised by the amazing illustrations and vocabulary that had miraculously brought fairy tales to life. Since then, I have widened my reading choices to publications by renowned authors like James Lee, John London, J.K. Rowling, Rick Riordan, Conan Doyle and Jeffrey Archer.
At just 10, I started getting into writing and was very enthusiastic about novel writing.
My classmate and I used to be partners at “producing” our own novel entitled An Adventure at Pipoisen.
Our novel narrated four primary school pupils who had obtained extraordinary superhuman powers through a bizarre encounter with Zargon, the general of the courageous Poisen (a foreign alien species), and their perilous adventure of eliminating the deadly Dranoids (an extremely despicable alien species), who were sent from Planet Drano to annihilate the Poisens.
Honestly, we had actually thought of publishing our work via Angsana Books, and even decided to split a 50-50 profit between the two of us. But we were sidetracked by the UPSR examinations and forgot about it.
To pursue my dream to be an aspiring author, I believe that sharpening my writing skills plays a major role here. Amazing plots and values aside, the key factor that determines the quality of a novel lies in the language proficiency of its author.
In other words, to excel at novel-writing, mastering English is a must. Therefore, I have recently stopped reading books; I study them.
Arming myself with a notebook, a blue pen and a thick volume of Oxford Dictionary, I make it an effort to jot down all the marvellous vocabulary and sentences I come across during my reading process.
I also vary my reading materials, which range from newspapers and biographies to magazines and novels. Perseverance and determination have been my indispensable comrades throughout my ongoing journey to becoming an elite author.
Nowadays, competition within the Young Adults fiction genre is remarkably strong. Check out the newest book sales and nothing less than heaps of them shall pop your eyes.
Some might argue that making a living out of writing can be challenging due to the intense competition, but I believe that such a risk is worth taking as long as I possess the passion for writing.
Success requires love and devotion more than anything else.
After all, competition exists since time immemorial. Instead of avoiding such inevitable competition all together, what’s stopping me from following my heart to strive for greater heights?
I plan on taking writing lessons in the United Kingdom after the SPM in my pursuit to becoming a full-fledged author. Being a top-notch author in the future is a dream that I believe will come true in good time.
Sumber : The Star Online