By Omar Bihmidine
By Omar Bihmidine
Morocco World News
Sidi Ifni, Morocco, April 5, 2012
Becoming a writer nowadays is an extremely challenging task for the majority of people. Some of the latter attribute this challenge to lack of free time, of interest and of readership. Others believe that the position of writer only means a dead-end, tedious job; in other words, good for nothing. However, only when I knew of Mohamed Zafzaf as the Moroccan writer who didn’t have even three dirhams to buy a newspaper have I concluded that becoming a writer is not always as difficult as we have always expected. At this point, each one of us should start reconsidering his or her retrospective views about the position of a writer.
It is never a matter of means or that of unjustifiable excuses that will preclude us from attaining this position. On the contrary, simple objects like a pen, cheap novels, etc -which made some ordinary people the greatest celebrities in the world- can help each one of us make this dream come true one day. Frankly, I am, myself, still obsessed with the idea that this dream is undoubtedly out of reach. Yet, hearing of Mohamed Zafzaf’s stumbling obstacle of not having even basic things, has totally changed my unreasonable views and set me to contemplate my future more consciously.
Zafzaf, one of the Moroccan literary figures, still makes me hang my head in awe. Despite the many insurmountable obstacles he faced such as sheer poverty, the Maghreban ignorance, absence of libraries, he never thought of them every time he put pen to paper. He rather kept reading widely and, thus, started producing profusely whatever was on his mind. At that time, he rarely or never received any recognition and acclaim for his productivity. He remained dedicated mainly to his writing. Unlike this amazing author, once we novice writers have one of our artistic works rejected or simply castigated, we begin to feel hopeless and even think of quitting the circle.
In short, not having three dirhams made this man one of the greatest writers ever, whereas having everything at our disposal has not yet resulted in anything except constant complaints, hopeless attempts and maybe leaving the dream unrealized altogether for some. The one who did not have three dirhams would of course recommend three insightful pieces of advice: constant willingness, total dedication to this path, and everyday patience.
Omar Bihmidine is high school teacher of English. He obtained his Associate Degree at Choaib Eddoukali University in 2008. His writings take the form of short stories, poems and articles, many of which have been published in Sous Pens magazine, in the ALC magazine in Agadir, and in the late Casablanca analyst newspaper.
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