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Michell: “Menulis Fiksi Membantu Kita Menjadi Jujur”

Dok: GLI

11 Februari 2015

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Pertemuan ketiga Bengkel Menulis Gerakan Literasi Indonesia angkatan IX mengundang Ni Putu Dewi Kharisma Michellia dalam sesi proses kreatif. Acara ini berlangsung di warung Mieko Tulangan, Pusat Jajanan LembahUGM. Michell, begitu sapaan akrabnya, merupakan penulis novel Surat Panjang Tentang Jarak Kita yang Jutaan Tahun Cahaya, salah satu karya unggulan Sayembara Menulis Novel Dewan Kesenian Jakarta2012. Ia juga penulis produktif. Cerpen-cerpennya kerap dimuat di berbagai media cetak nasional.

Proses kreatif Michell di Warung Mieko Tulangan (Dok: GLI)

Bengkel Menulis: Proses kreatif Michell di Warung Mieko Tulangan (Dok: GLI)

Michell yang lahir di Bali mulai menulis sejak duduk di sekolah dasar. “Selain punya teman riil, saya punya teman imajiner. Namun, semakin saya tumbuh besar, teman imajiner saya itu menghilang. Itulah sebabnya saya akhirnya menulis.”

Karya-karya awalnya banyak mengeksplorasi tema-tema kematian. Hal tersebut disebabkan kondisi ibunya yang ketika itu mengidap kanker. Ia mengatakan,pada waktu itu ia seperti sedang menyiapkan mental untuk menghadapi saat-saat kematian ibunya yang akan segera datang. “Saya menulis tentang kematian akibat kanker, sebelum kematian benar-benar menimpa ibu saya,” ujarnya.

Kiki, salah seorang peserta Bengkel Menulis, berkomentar ketika Michell mengaku bahwa ia merupakan tipe penulis yang moody. “Berarti Mbak Michell selalu mood dalam menulis, terbukti dengan banyak sekali catatan yang ditulis,” ujarnya.

Michell mengaku bahwa ada masa-masa ketika mood itu tidak datang. Di saat-saat seperti itu ia akan mengalihkan aktivitas menulis melalui kerja-kerja pengklipingan dan membaca buku. Ia tidak pernah memaksakan dirinya untuk menulis meskipun ia terus membiasakan dirinya untuk menulis satu cerita pendek setiap hari. Tengah malam adalah waktu favoritnya untuk menulis. Novelis yang pernah aktif di lembaga pers mahasiswa Balairung ini mengaku lebih suka menulis dalam kondisi ruangan yang gelap.

Alumnus Sastra Inggris UGM ini menyayangkan kurang memadainya penghargaan dan apresiasi terhadap dunia sastra Indonesia saat ini. Justru, menurutnya, yang lebih banyak diapresiasi adalah karya-karya populer.

Dok: GLI

Dok: GLI

Ketika ditanyai mengapa ia lebih memilih menulis fiksi ketimbang nonfiksi, Michell menjawab bahwa menulis fiksi “membantu kita untuk menjadi jujur, walaupun orang lain tidak tahu bahwa kita jujur”. Menurutnya, penulis yang paling jujur adalah penulis fiksi anak-anak. Ia berkeinginan menulis fiksi yang bisa membantu anak-anak memiliki kehidupan yang lebih baik. “Kalau kita bisa menulis cerita yang sangat bagus untuk anak-anak, saya membayangkan mereka akan punya kehidupan yang baik.”

Michell sempat bercita-cita menjadi kimiawan, dokter, dan astronot. Sayangnya,belum satupun dari cita-cita itu diwujudkan. Ia masih memendam hasrat menulis novel sains untuk membayar kegagalan memenuhi ketiga cita-citanya tersebut.

Dari sekian banyak buku yang dibacanya, kisah Mahabarata dan Seratus Tahun Kesunyian karya Gabriel Garcìa Màrquez adalah karya-karya yang memengaruhi dirinya. Ia menyukai teknik menulis dan alur yang rumit.

Michell menekankan pentingnya sebuah riset sebelum menulis, tidak terkecuali untuk tulisan fiksi. Hal ini untuk mengantisipasi kekeliruan dalam penggambaran karakter, kecenderungan psikologis tokoh, dan unsur-unsur detail dalam tulisan. Itulah sebabnya, ia menulis dari hal-hal yang ia ketahui.[]

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