Showing posts with label culture. Show all posts
Showing posts with label culture. Show all posts

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Writers In Bahrain - What Its Like to be a Bahraini Writer

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Writers in Bahrain are among the top fairy creatures, you hear myths that they exist, but they are all secluded in particular areas that no one knows of. 

It's kinda ironic because I do know of a number of extremely talented writers, but they are just shelving themselves in a bubble that they are in the wrong country. Well, the thing is, if your friend is a writer, just try this: walk to them and tell them I know another writer. Their reaction would almost be "but it can't be! I thought I was the only one!".

I admit, there is a tremendous pressure on everyone here to lay off writing and pursue a "normal" and boring career and that is one of the top reasons why established writers don't actually pursue it. They fall pray to the terror that is responsibility soon enough and just give up. 

See writing takes practice, and if you don't do it daily, you kinda lose track of those skills. Most also feel the torture of "you want to be what? A writer? Okay sweety, but what do you want to be when you grow up?". Writing is not taken seriously here... So I really think that it is very difficult to swim against the current, because being a writer in a country that is dominated by oil wealth is kind of being an investigator that is looking for unicorns. It can happen, but it is very unlikely. 

Lots of things can hinder our dreams and stop our talents from growing. But the most important thing here is to give ourselves the permission saying it's okay to fail and it's okay to be a loser in something while winning in another thing. 

My message to every writer in Bahrain, I hope that something or somewhere is built that links all writers together and a community starts that provides a successful platform for self-publishing authors and writers. Hell, it could be an annual event where the likes of Stephen King are invited to knock some god damn sense into our parents that being a writer is actually pretty damn cool.

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Things That Influenced My Writing

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There has been a number of people who have actually influenced my writing tremendously. None of which were my tutors at school. Growing up under all the pressure and stress that is put on anyone during the 90s was very difficult. We were witnessing the jump to total dependence on technology (whether this is good or bad is a story for another day). 

However, I have never really depended on school or any form of traditional ways to learn English. From a young age, I was really interested in that language, all the TV I was watching had me compelled and wanting to 'speak' like they do. It did have its charm, I won't deny it. 

But starting from then, I got involved with a lot of different forums that specialized in different things, the trick? All were English. People always mocked my grammar and spelling and to which I would always respond by insulting theirs (internet rage, go figure) until some day, I decided to just try to read beyond the (learn t0 sp3ll ... OMG !) and started to notice patterns. 

From there on, I constantly kept on improving. Noticing that "i" when referring to yourself should always be capitalized was the first thing I learned by the way.

Anyways, from there on, my level of English had always surpassed my school's standards. The exams were a joke to me personally, and I remember the myth that no one could get a full mark in writing. Well, I challenged that and got the mark. The teacher told me "this was incredible, I have never read something this good in a long time" which was a great compliment to satisfy my own ego (and boy I was arrogant).   

I remember when I was a kid, I would listen to English songs and try to say the words, as well as pick up English books and make silly sounds pretending that I was reading. Most of the times, people would come to me and say "do you even know what you're saying? Well, if you don't why do you say it!". People made fun and ridiculed when they could, but had I listened to them, I would still speak the "door oben, ziz wan not good" kinda thing that they speak and call it the English language.