How learning new cultures helps you become a better writer | Being a writer

I am a writer. Although sometimes that is debatable. I write for fun. Sometimes I don’t want to do it, but I will force myself and make sure that I write something that makes sense, even just a little bit.

I was told that as a writer I need to be curious about the world around me, and the thing is, I have been curious for as long as I can remember. I wanted to be an archaeologist as a child, because I liked how they explored people’s pasts and how they studied how we came to be the way that we are today.

I liked that thought.

Finding out more about the people around me. Finding out why we act the way that we do today and how our ancestors acted before us. Why did we change, and how are we going to keep on changing? It’s an interesting thought.

I changed my career choice a bit later on for something more “stable”. Do I regret it? Slightly, but not a lot. I’ve come to realise that I can always study later on in life. I mean, I am no longer studying for the “stable” career choice, but copywriting, the not so stable writing career I have always dreamt of.

Going back to the main point, I am open minded. I do want to learn more about the world around me. I want to travel the world. I want to pass through every alley of all the continents and learn all the languages while knowing more worldly cultures. I want to do all of it and more, but I know that it will be near impossible in my one life-time. I will try my best to fulfill my dreams halfway, at least, before my time comes to exit this life.

As broke as I am, I believe the best way to learn about other cultures is to study their languages. By studying another language, I am not only bridging the communication gap when I visit the country in the future, but I make it easier to learn more about their cultures, to understand their music more, and to fall in love with people more.

I used to want to go to Italy, but I have fallen more and more in love with Asian cultures. I started with Asian (Korean, Japanese, Taiwanese) dramas and then I started listening to their music. I’m at the point where I just want to go to Asia and explore and know more.

I’m learning Korean, but also adamant to know Mandarin too. I want to go to Asia and I believe knowing their languages is the best first step. It is also cheaper, mind you. Then when I have saved enough I will actually visit the countries and have an easier time communicating, while learning more and improving my knowledge of the human race.

I’m keen to learn more about people and by doing so I will improve my character writing. Writing people of other races, cultures and ethnicities will be much easier, because I will understand them more.

Learning Korean and going to South Korea is not the only way to write your story set in Korea. You can just go to Google and find out all that you need. You can borrow a book about it from your local library or you can buy a book. But being even more curious, being so curious that you want to learn their language, that’s my type of curious and that is how I plan on improving my knowledge about the people around me.

I just want to learn more about people, the world and improve my writing at the same time. Is that too much to ask?

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