Open minded & not afraid of criticism to become writer

Vilousha Hahembe with her TBM award certificate

By Vilousha Hahembe

I’d like to start by expressing my deepest appreciation to the Ples Singsing Masterminds for hosting the Tingting Bilong Mi essay competition. It has given many young talented Papua New Guineans a platform to express their opinions about the originality of PNG authors. My experience in the essay competition gave me a motivational boost to write more. The exposure that l got was 1, 200 viewers oustanding and all the critical comments and support from my friends and family were overwhelming. You guys are the best!

As part of our panel discussion during the ceremony, the first time writers are actually scared of criticism and perfection and that’s why they sometimes hide their work. But if you want to become a writer, you have to be open minded and not afraid of criticism and not trying to be perfect always. This is such a great encouragement for all of us to start writing.

I am now determined to publish more of my work with the Ples Singsing masterminds and hopefully inspire my peers to do the same as well. You will definitely see more of my work online during the semester break.

Also an encouragement to you parents, when your children are as young as 3 years old, please give them books to read instead of mobile phones to watch movies. English is still a struggle for some people to understand. When you train your children the right way to take interest in books they will grow up with very intellectual minds. Trust me!

Finally I’d like to promote the Ples Singsing Masterminds. They are a group of Papua New Guineans who have published some of the best PNG literature. They are not writers by profession but writers by passion. They offer free editing and publishing of the best literature pieces on their blog from Papua New Guineans with critical minds. They are open to all opinions so please if you’re someone with a critical mind who wish to express your opinions put them down on paper and make sure it’s very convincing and send it over to them anytime.

Your mind is the most valuable gem in the world!

Five Essayist

Published by Ples Singsing

Ples Singsing is envisioned to be a new platform for Papua Niuginian expressions of creativity, ingenuity and originality in art and culture. We deliberately highlight these two very broad themes as they can encompass the diverse subjects, from technology, medicine and architecture to linguistics, music, fishing, gardening et cetera. Papua Niuginian ways of thinking, living, believing, communicating, dying and so on can cover the gamut of academic, journalistic or opinionated writing and we believe that unless we give ourselves a platform to talk about and discuss these things in an open, free and non-exclusively academic space that they may remain the fodder for academics, journalists and other types of writers alone. New social media platforms have given every individual a personal space to share their feelings and ideas openly, sometimes without immediate censure. The Ples Singsing writer’s blog would like to provide another more structured platform for Papua Niuginian expressions in written, visual and audio formats while also providing some regulation of the type and content of materials to be shared publicly.

4 thoughts on “Open minded & not afraid of criticism to become writer

  1. Thank you for this Vilousha.
    Appreciate this.I am one of those who likes writing my mind out loud, but I hold back most of what I have written down.
    Also on your point as encouragement to parents, I would agree on this. I have a 3 year old daughter going 4 in June and I can say I started buying books when she was just a toddler, and would read to her. When she was just one, we walked into Papindo in Lae and when we passed the stationery section where the books are, she stopped and started collecting all the books on the shelf. To be honest, I got emotional of her reaction to the books. From there on, we bought her books from the second hand and she gets so excited over books when she sees them. She will be 4 in June and she can spell any word, when she sees one 🙂 I am so impressed. So yes, encouragement to Parents out there, give your toddlers books and spend time reading with them too.
    Thank you again.

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    1. Hi Leah, we are very glad to read your response and we hear what you say about holding back, we all do that to some extent. But also, for those writers who have started sharing their work over time it is confidence building and solidifies our thoughts, makes us understand our position on issues and ourselves better and allows us to connect with likeminded people as well as provide food for thought to others who have different experiences and opinions than ourselves.

      We hope you join Ples Singsing writers one day soon!


      Ples Singsing

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