Friday, December 3, 2010

Being a Writer

I was at a writing workshop with my daughter last weekend. It was something I always wanted to do with Kak CIk. Not only I got to know a bit better of the book and writing industry in Malaysia but it debunked certain belief that you cannot make money by being a writer in Malaysia. The industry and opportunity are still wide open for everyone. You just need to start to write and be a bit more prolific. Especially malay language materials. The  current statistics say that on average Malaysian reads about 12 books a year. In a way support my hypothesis when I observed the visitors to the KL International Bookfair every year. It was really a nice thing to know. I hope Kak CIk is inspired to start to write now. I surely do. In terms of subject areas several options still open for me. The only thing I need to decide is whether I want to be a certain type of writer or just publish anything that I wanted to publish.  It can be a difficult decision. I guess at the end on the day the answer would be - what are the things that I am passionate about.