by Ardain Isma
While writing has the power to entertain, as I often do, its true potential lies in serving as a tool to motivate and educate readers—particularly in the realm of creative writing. This realization has been gleaned from my own experiences as a writer. Much like a preacher behind the pulpit, a well-crafted piece of writing possesses the ability to ignite the passions of those who encounter it.
I gauge the impact of my writing through the reactions of friends who have delved into my books. Their eagerness to share their thoughts, whether positive or negative, serves as validation that my writing is capturing attention. Sustaining interest in a novel, especially one exceeding four hundred pages, requires a personal connection and the reader’s determination to journey from cover to cover.
It’s crucial to acknowledge that the desire to continue reading doesn’t solely arise from a writer’s ability to induce laughter. There are deeper, more compelling factors at play. Take, for instance, the narrative of “Bittersweet” in both Book 1 and Book 2. A reader with a compassionate heart can genuinely empathize with the protagonist as he grapples with assimilating into a new society, all while humorously interpreting his challenging circumstances and enduring life’s hardships. This story serves as a mirror reflecting the struggles of millions of immigrants facing humiliation as they endeavor to construct a new life in a host country. The focus on acquiring survival skills often relegates their hopes, dreams, and desires to the background—a powerful lesson for all, embodying the essence of motivation and education.
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Note: Ardain Isma is the Chief-Editor of CSMS Magazine. He is a prolific writer and author of several books, including Midnight at Noon, Bittersweet Memories of Last Spring, and Last Spring was Bittersweet. You can order the books by clicking on the links above.