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Authors tip on joys of writing
BY MATOVU ABDALLAH TWAHA November 10, 2017
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SHARJAH: An American professor of creative writing and two other writers have shared ways that lead them to enjoy writing – all concurring that new ideas are discovered in the course of writing.

The trio – Professor Tayari Jones (USA), Saad Mohammed Ibrahim (Iraq) and Leye Adenle (Nigeria) – shared their ideas while featuring in a session of one of the evening lectures on the panel titled “The Joys of Writing” at the ongoing Sharjah International Book Fair (SIBF).

Professor Jones, a professor of literature and writing at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, said she draws joy in getting new ideas stumbled upon while writing.

“However, finishing a novel takes commitment,” said the author of four novels including An American Marriage and a multi-award winning Silver Sparrow. For Saad the relationship of his characters brings joy in him. “When the character cries or smiles, I feel the same.”

“Writing is an adventure and a constant discovery. I discover the characters and I feel facing the problems they are facing,” said the writer of Al-Karaki Twilight; Bookseller Killing among others.

The London-based Nigerian crime writer, Adenle, said that writing is an act of self-discovery.

“Take your main characters, throw them off the cliff without knowing how they will survive. It is thrilling! I never start with a plot, but I discover it in the course of writing,” said the author of a widely-acclaimed Easy Motion Tourist.

Earlier, the trio had stressed on the importance of reading. Professor Jones, of Nigerian descent and currently a Bennet Fellow at The Black Mountain Institute at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, said she is deeply attracted by the works of the African-American, Tony Morrison, “because it helps me understand myself.”

For Adenle “I read Kenyan Ngugi wa Thiongo (Petals of Blood) and Nigerian Chinua Achebe (Things Fall Apart) several times.”

Saad advised writers to be “manipulative” in a bid to outsmart any political censorship and unnecessary red lines.
 

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