Friday, June 24, 2011

Write about what you know [Phillip Gwynne]

Write about what you know is one writing advice that Phillip Gwynne mentioned during his session with students of Year 7, 8 and 9 in British International School, Tangerang, Banten on Friday June 24th, 2011.

Phillip is the author of few books and he won several awards for his works. He was invited to give session to those students with relation of his books Deadly Unna? This book is about indigenous culture, racism in sport and the ethics involved in these queries and it has been made into a movie called Australian Rules in 2002. During his childhood in Point Victoria, Australia, Phillip has grown up in environment to which racism was clearly happening to Aboriginal people.

Phillip shared his life stories as professional footballer, computer programmer and finally an author. Phillip has always known that he had potential in writing. His English teacher once telling him when he was a student, although Phillip didn't take this too seriously.

Another advice Phillip said about writing was most writing is re-writing. It means that once we complete the first draft, we would then spend more time in revising it. Phillip was completing first draft of Deadly Unna very quickly and finished the whole book in 8 months.

Back to a question, so how do I start writing? Phillip said, setting write on the page!