Event Review| Is story only a story?
时间：11月20日，周三，19:00 – 20:30
Time: November 20th , Wednesday, 19:00-20:30
Venue: Shuter’ life
作家Writer:陈崇正/Chen Chongzheng ( 中国/China), Mineke Schipper ( 荷
兰/The Netherlands), 王十月/ Wang Shiyue ( 中国/China),
Wojciech Jagielski ( 波兰/Poland).
Liu Weiming ( 中国/China)
以“如何讲故事：探索多重方式”为主题的活动在树德生活馆顺利举行。讲座邀请了小说家、文学杂志编辑陈崇正，学术作者、散文家、小说家 Mineke Schipper，小说家、编辑、艺术家王十月，波兰记者、作家 Wojciech Jagielski (活动主持是《南方都市报》文化副刊部主编、作家刘炜茗)，围绕“如何写故事？”等问题进行了精彩的分享，并回答了读者们的几个问题。
In November 20th, an activity with the theme of How to Tell the Tale: Exploring Multiple Avenues was held successfully at Shuter life, joined by novelist and literary journal editor Chen Chongzheng (China); author of academic books, essays and novels Mineke Schipper (The Netherlands); novelist, editor and artist Wang Shiyue (China), and journalist, correspondent and writer Wojciech Jagielski (Poland)(in conversation with Liu Weiming, author and director of the Literature and Periodical Department of the Southern Metropolis Daily).They shared their experiences and answered some questions including how to write a story and the questions from readers.
在怎么写好故事这个问题上，Mineke Schipper作家首先跟大家分享了她自己的经历，谈到了“体验”对她的启发。她在非洲居住了多年。这离开原住地的居住体验使她能从不同的角度来看待原来所处的环境并得到灵感。她有一些作品就是与非洲人和欧洲人如何看待彼此有关。在那之后她写了一本书 Bird Falls Bird Flies（暂无中文译名），故事背景横跨了欧洲，荷兰，越南，美国和中国香港。
On how to write a story, at first, Mineke Schipper shared how experiencing has inspired her story. She has lived in Africa for many years. Living far from her original place is refreshing, which made her see her original world in a different way and get inspirations. For example, one of her work is about how Africans and Europeans see each other. Later, she wrote a book named Bird Falls Bird Flies whose background is partially in Europe, Holland, Vietnam, USA and Hong Kong.
She mentioned her experience in Vietnam particularly sharing her way of writing story by imagination. One day, she met a young man with sad eyes as if he had been wounded. She imagined that he was 18-year-old American soldier who had fought in the war in the name of USA and now he came back this place of crime. She loved to ask questions to promote the imagination, so she asked herself “I always like to ask questions.Like what does it mean?” After asking herself, she turned the young man into a father whose son was asked to be in the Iraq War in her book. In order to continue the story, she had even done the interviews with soldiers asking them how were they wounded in wars. Doing interview and survey is the other way of writing a story of her.
She also mentioned her famous work Never Marry a Woman with Big Feet: Women in Proverbs from Around the World which has collected proverbs about the female body, job and right. Although she has just collected about 15,000 proverbs because of great difficulties, they find the reality reflected in there proverbs. That is that man is more important than girl. It is highly recommended reading.
作为上岗超过25年的驻外记者，Wojciech Jagielski作家回顾了他的记者经历来回答如何写好故事这个问题。他认为作为记者成为作家并非易事，对于他来说，首先记者是不需要想象力的，并且只采访高端人士，会错过很多平常人的故事，即使了解其他国家如阿富汗的历史等信息，也不足以能使他写作。因此他必须问自己，“阿富汗的历史是关于什么的，恨，自由还是缺失？”在回答和思索中，他开始了写作。灵感对于写好一个故事十分重要。他也提到“我的灵感有很多来源：阅读，我遇到的人，我遇到的事情，我所看见的景象和某个日常对话中。”他写的东西是非虚幻，基于事实的，但是他的一些描述却是主观的，饱含感情的。他认为人无法做到完全客观, 这对写好故事也十分重要。
As a foreign correspondent for the past 25 years, Wojciech Jagielski answered the question by reviewing his career. He said correspondent becoming author is difficult for him. At first, imagination is not required. Then, only interviewing high-end people hinders him from knowing common people’s stories. Thirdly, mastering the history of Afghanistan does not mean that he can write. He had to ask himself “ What does its history reflect? Hostility? Freedom? Or loss?” He started writing in trying to answer the question.Inspiration is significant to write a good story. He also mentioned: “I have inspirations from many different parts, reading,the people I meet,the things I encounter, what I see, sentences in daily life. What he wrote is of non-fiction and based on the fact, but some of his description is subjective and full of emotions. He believed that human can not be totally objective, which is good for story writing.
Wang shiyue is an novelist who has worked in more than 20 professions. He regarded himself as a person fickle in affection who can not concentrate on one profession for more than two years until he started writing.He said: “ Writing fits best with my personality as being fickle in affection, because I need to find new stories and new perspectives continuously. He claimed that many Chinese novelists want to stylize themselves hoping to make readers can recognize who is the writer as soon as reading about three hundred words of his work.Nonetheless, he wanted his style diverse and be anti-stylized. From his point of view, always trying new style is beneficial for writing a story.
Chen Chongzheng believed that writing much depended on imagination. He has recently summarized his writing career and said that “ If there is one scene can be compared to my writing scene, that is I like spider, not spider man or spider monster, am spinning the web of my spiritual realm. He also mentioned than writing is to construct in three dimension. In his work Body Separation of Black Mirror, one can separate himself into three bodies, for example, popular stars can enjoy their life using this technique. The book tends to write about pluralistic world.
He also alleged that China is now more and more complex like web of the spider since thirty years ago. Writers should take their responsibilities to reconstruct the world and build new order.
In the session of communication, readers ask questions positively. A reader asked Mineke Schipper what was her opinion about those writers who write for themselves rather than for everyone with pedagogical meaning.
She answered that every work should be educational.If any writer only writes for himself, he can not make progresses in the long term. Another one asked Wang Shiyue how can he learn to write in a new style so fast? Wang answered than wide knowledge accumulation is very helpful.
After the activity, some readers surrounded them in a tight ring and asked more questions. Is story only story? We believe that every participant has already gotten the answer, Every story is a reflection of writer’s creation ideas, experiences and specific inspirations that is carefully written by them. More fantastic activities, please pay attention!