Many factors affect the low interest in writing among the academicians. Other influential factors are the lack of incentives from the university/faculty and the low research interest.
"It seemed necessary to put extra efforts because the rewards are not received as fast as from teaching. But the most essential factor is that sometimes the academicians do not know how to write articles, books and scientific papers," says Prof. Mudrajad Kuncoro, Ph.D at the workshop Scientific Writing in Economics and Business, Writing is Easy, at the Phoenix Hotel Yogyakarta, Saturday (11/12).
Mudrajad said to be adept at writing, the most important is the motivation to write. In this case, of course, an understanding of writing techniques is required. Even a Maradona still needs to learn the technique to kick the ball effectively and Arswendo Atmowiloto sees that writing short stories or fiction is easy. "For me, I would say that to write is not quite easy but not quite difficult, either," he said.
The Editor in Chief of Journal of Indonesian Economy & Business admitted that for novice writers writing is tough. Even so, to become a writer does not require talent, because the various difficulties can be overcome by learning and developing habits. Like a person who smokes, if every day he spends a single cigarette, it can be ascertained that within a month he has become a smoker. "I chose to work straight, so I write down what I know first and then later I apply the good writing theory. So, the talent is only a requirement, however, it is not enough to be able to write," he said.
According to the Chairman of the UGM Department of Economics science writing promises a better economic life. He cited the author of the Harry Potter novels, J.K. Rowling. With the works of Harry Potter and The Goblet of Fire, JK Rowling earned U.S. $2.97 million, or about 29.7 billion Rupiah. "In fact, JK Rowling herself has written seven other novels of Harry Potter," he said.
Therefore, to be a best seller writer, commitment is required. To increase skills, quality and productivity, the writers need to provide a special time to write. In addition, he must have good time management. "Not wasting time and not delaying the work are expected. Therefore, the authors should be able to recognize their daily activities and priorities. In fact, even time spent on the road should be able to be used to write," says the author of 30 scientific books.
Vice Dean for Academic Affairs, Research and Community Service of FEB UGM, B.M Purwanto, MBA., Ph.D., welcomed the organization of the workshop. . The workshop was a positive activity to grow basic values like honesty and sharing for others. "These are two basic values for the academic circles in doing their research, that through the process and the high accuracy, the research resultscan finally be enjoyed by the public," said B.M Purwanto.