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!