Mar 7, 2010

Translasi + Inspirasi

INSPIRATION: The act of forgetting where you stole your ideas. ~101 Reasons to Stop Writing

Translasi Little Things by Raymond Carver

Pagi baharu sahaja bernyawa. Salji mula melembut dan bertukar menjadi cecair kotor. Beberapa garisan salji beku di sisi tingkap yang memandang belakang rumah juga telah menangis dan mengalir turun ke tanah. Deretan kereta di luar sana mula ditenggelami kegelapan, begitu juga di dalam rumah ini.

Di dalam bilik tidur, dia sedang mencampak, membaling, membuang pakaiannya ke dalam beg. Kemudian dia masuk.

Pergilah berambus! Saya memang suka kamu berambus. Dia kata. Dengar tak?

Dia terus menghumban baju-bajunya ke dalam beg.

I once sat down to write what turned out to be a
pretty good story, though only the first sentence of
the story had offered itself to me when I began it. For
several days I’d been going around with this sentence
in my head: “He was running the vacuum cleaner
when the telephone rang.” I knew a story was there
and that it wanted telling. I felt it in my bones, that a
story belonged with that beginning, if I could just
have the time to write it. I found the time, an entire
day—12, 15 hours even—if I wanted to make use of it.
I did, and I sat down in the morning and wrote the
first sentence, and other sentences promptly began to
attach themselves. I made the story just as I’d make a
poem; one line and then the next, and the next. Pretty
soon I could see a story—and I knew it was my story,
the one I’d been wanting to write.

I like it when there is some feeling of threat or
sense of menace in short stories. I think a little menace
is fine to have in a story. For one thing, it’s good
for the circulation. There has to be tension, a sense
that something is imminent, that certain things are in
relentless motion, or else, most often, there simply
won’t be a story. What creates tension in a piece of fiction
is partly the way the concrete words are linked
together to make up the visible action of the story. But
it’s also the things that are left out, that are implied,
the landscape just under the smooth (but sometimes
broken and unsettled) surface of things. ~
Principles of a Story BY RAYMOND CARVER

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