Get to Know Nikkah Lubanga and Learn Her Techniques
Nikkah C. Lubanga is a 21-years-old writer from Tuburan, a small town in the province of Cebu, Philippines. Her book “Beyond Redemption”, published on Widbook, was chosen as ebook of the week last week. She answered a few questions and shared precious writing tips and insights. Get inspired!
Widbook – Hi Nikkah, congrats on your ebook! What is the idea behind “Beyond Redemption”?
Nikkah - The idea sprang up when a mistake in the past haunted me in my dreams. I felt that was my guilt, trying to tell me that I should contemplate because of my past behavior. I thought if only I could go back in time and change what happened just like in the movie Source Code. In the movie, Jake Gyllenhaal was sent again and again in the past using an experimental device just to track a bomb inside the train and detonate it before it could kill hundreds of passengers. The only way to realize that idea in my own way is to write a story about my experience and my hopes of changing the events in the past using a special device. I also incorporated the theory of an existing alternative universe in the story. In my mind, I always think what if there is another me in another dimension who is living her life a lot different from mine. What if I and the other me meet in a specific space of time? That’s something to be happy or scared of.
How would you describe your writing Style?
I usually write short stories with mini chapters in it. Each mini chapter contains a rich plot and a cliffhanger in which the end would be resolved somewhere in the next chapters, except for first person view stories. I do it on purpose so that readers would get hooked chapter by chapter and would only stop reading until the goal of the plot is achieved. But sometimes, I let the reader decide of how he will end the story by giving him a vague ending scenario just like what I did in Beyond Redemption.The end is always something you least expect or contains a plot twist. I got almost all of my writing techniques from reading Sidney Sheldon and Paulo Coelho novels and from watching TV episodes. I just want my readers to receive my stories the way they watch a TV marathon of The Walking Dead or Breaking Bad. Some readers told me they like this technique, owing to the fact that they are lazy readers. This technique is not something you always see when reading a short story.
What are your goals?
I always want to publish a book, the tangible one. Of course I want it to be a best seller. I am now working on an epic fantasy novel which I think will be finished years from now. I am taking my time on it so that I will not sacrifice its quality and I am always busy with a lot of other stuffs. Also, I want to travel around the world and discover interesting places. I have quite an adventurous spirit.
What makes you happy?
Whenever I feel down or frustrated, I just paint something on a canvas. I feel satisfied of my work afterwards. But the best feeling for me and that which makes me happy is whenever a reader of my story appreciates my work. It’s the most priceless thing in the world for me and it fuels my drive to write more stories.
Can you give us your best writing tip?
For aspiring writers, give your story a voice of your own. Give your characters believable personalities and attitudes so that they will relate to the readers. Also, do write to express and not to impress. You may know almost all of the unimaginable words in the dictionary, but trust me, they don’t make your story readable. Avoid as much as possible the words which will prompt your readers to get a dictionary. Difficult words will make their reading experience less enjoyable.
Double-glazed baby back ribs and gummy bears.
Which book are you reading at the moment?
For now, I am reading The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon by Stephen King. I can’t tell you more yet about the book except that it’s a psychological horror novel. I’m still in its first few chapters.
An author who inspires you:
There are so many authors that inspire me but the one who is first in my heart is Mark Twain. I really love The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.
If you could change the world, what would that be?
If I could change the world, then John Lennon’s song Imagine would be the best answer for that. But no. I don’t want our world to be perfect just like in the song. I don’t even want to change it because if I do that, writers will not be able to write good stories about our struggling world and its people. Life is all about our struggles and how we can overcome them. I believe the best stories came from that notion. Stories of hopes and triumphs emerge from writers who are able to experience and see the imperfections of the world.