Tell us about your writing style. What are your influences, passions and the messages that you try to convey in your work?
I write poems and prose. In every piece I write, I’m trying to say different things in different ways. I often think that writing is how I discover things, rather than an exercise in telling readers things I already know.
What are some of the challenges you face in the writing process, and what tips would you give to aspiring writers to overcome these?
I’m a lazy writer. I like to spend my time reading books instead of writing. I also can’t write in crowded places unlike other writers, although I live in library which is quite packed with visitors. I try to allocate two to three hours daily at early dawn while everyone else is still asleep, to read books I admire and recommendations from my favorite authors. This is how I learn and a solution to my laziness. Reading books is good, they make me feel haunted and keep me awake so I ended up writing.
What have you been reading lately?
I recently finished Etgar Keret’s compilation of short stories, The Bus Driver Who Wanted to Be God & Other Stories. I read it together with re-reading Teju Cole’s novel, Open City. I like the way he writes and I’m expecting to learn more from him. At the moment I just start reading Clarice Lispector’s book, The Hour of the Star. I also read three poems compilation by Wislawa Szymborska, since I’m working with a friend in Poland to translate it to Bahasa Indonesia. [Read the Full Interview]