There’s something about “KKN di Desa Penari” (roughly translated to “Community Service Program at Dancers’ Village”) that we writers can be glad about. Social media and internet really open up a zillion new doors to publication of your works. These doors you never knew existed.
If you’re a stranger to the story that went viral recently among Indonesian Twitter users, here’s a context for you to understand.
“KKN di Desa Penari” is one of mystery stories published on Twitter by @simpleM81378523. It created more or less 6,300 buzzes after many people ‘devoured’ the story and shared this endlessly according to digital intelligence company Isentia.
The story gained a great deal of popularity as it managed to provoke public curiosity as to where the story was in fact taking place. Indonesian netizens began guessing the location of the story and all the characters whose names were intentionally hidden and changed to protect their identity.
But the popularity doesn’t stop there!
The story is now going offline. Everyone can read it in its physical form after Bukune Publisher contacted the anonymous digital writer and ensured him to publish the entire story.
Cited from Detik.com, Bukune Publisher’s editor Muhammad Barkah Winata admitted he had seen the writer twice.
“Simpleman is one of the topics I’ve talked about in my podcast. We saw each other in Surabaya (East Java). He is really a simple man, wearing only a modest t-shirt,” he told Detik.com.
As I look to Twitter, Simpleman is still tweeting more and more horror stories in threads. Which stuns me because typing on handheld devices requires a lot of patience. Even if Simpleman types it on a PC or 15-inch laptop and post it on Twitter, I still cannot understand the pleasure of serving and enjoying literary works (or any long form work) in bits (tweets) that are hard to trace back.
The recipe of a hugely popular story is very mysterious. No fix and fast rule of thumb here.
It’s a point located among inconceivable cross-paths between a lot of X factors.
People think it’s about writing in a moving vehicle, just because J.K. Rowling invented and wrote Harry Potter in a train.
People also think it’s about writing in your dark, cold basement, just because Gillian Flynn did so while producing her “Gone Girl” manuscript.
People keep thinking it’s all about divine inspiration, just because we’ve heard of past canon authors wrote in idyllic countryside.
But maybe, just maybe, there’s no such secret or ‘secret sauce’.
It’s all about coincidence. And the universe allows it to happen. (*/)