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When I was at school, no career officer ever asked: Who wants to be a writer? There were no leaflets. No guidelines. I never even met another author who might point me in the rough direction, or even - standing far ahead of me on the bleak and windswept heath - give me footsteps within which to set my own.
And really, there is no blueprint. No secret path, or hidden door, no singular road less travelled. But there are many steps; and many of the first are faltering or hesitant and often embarrassing! But all steps, however faltering, lead somewhere, and the writing collected here reflect the many stages of a writer's life, with toddlers mixing in with old wanderers and wrinkled and published veterans. They are as diverse as a crowd of faces. What unites them is the quality of the writing.
In 200AD, the Chinese poet Lu Chi, author of The Art of Writing, wrote that ‘each writer finds a new entrance into the Mystery’. What is that mystery? Surely it is the experience of being human in a continually shifting and constant world: the essence of our desire to tell our stories.
Lu Chi also spoke of the joy of words - I might add ideas and images and emotions 一 being hooked up like fish, leaping from the deep. Some of the fishers collected here are new to the art, others a long way along the path. It is an honour to be able to bring this haul together.
Welcome, Dear Reader!
Come fishing... !
Department of English, Lingnan University
English Language and Literature
Undergraduate majors, Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Contemporary English Studies (2010-2011), Lingnan University (2010). Déjà Vu 憶 ‧ 記: A journal of creative writing, 7. Hong Kong: Department of English, Lingnan University. Retrieved from http://commons.ln.edu.hk/eng_studentjournal/1