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Reading Your Writings

Submitted by on March 26, 2011 – 21:57No Comment

I thought it would only take place in United States or other parts of the earth, but I was wrong. A few months back, writer Amir Muhammad told me about the monthly Readings Session organized by Sharon Bakar. It was a whole new concept for me. As a writer, it isn’t my culture to read out loud the things I write. Whether it is a poem or story or simply a sentence, I have never read aloud my own writings. Neither have I heard others reading out loud my writings. So this afternoon, I decided to join the club and went for the March Readings at Seksan Gallery, Bangsar.

My first time there, I was captivated by the intimate settings where writers gather to listen to selected masterpieces of literature. The artistic paintings on the wall, the simple lazy chairs, the plants and sound of water flowing – it felt like I was teleported to an exclusive spot where only literature matters. The moment Leong Ming Chong, author of Sorry Jesus, stepped up to read extracts from her book, my heart was captivated again; this time by awe.

It was amazing to listen as stories and poems turned into life when writers read them. The very same words that we read in our heart each time sound so different when read aloud. I saluted the writers for bringing life to their stories and poems; for putting in so much emotions and expressions when they were reading their writings. I don’t think I could do the same if I were in their shoes. I hope I would never be in their shoes. But something Sharon Bakar said to me that changed my perception.

She said that as writers, we must be responsible for what we write and one of the ways is to step up and read it out loud. It made me realised that reading my writings is an act of responsibility; of allowing others to read my writing the way I wanted them to; of being brave in embracing the career of a writer.

Perhaps, as writers, we should all read our writings aloud. Whether it is in front of a crowd or just to ourselves, the boldness to do so marks a new level in our writing journey. From now onwards, it would be a new practice in my writing life. And for all you writers out there, it should be a practice in your life too.

Originally written by Gina Yap Lai Yoong © 2011

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