The big thinker

The big thinker

The Young Post Summer Story winner is making plans


Lorenzo Chim Wung-cheong, the winner of Young Post's short story competition, hopes to earn a living as an author. 'If writing ends up as my career, I'll be happy with that,' he says.
Lorenzo Chim Wung-cheong, the winner of Young Post's short story competition, hopes to earn a living as an author. 'If writing ends up as my career, I'll be happy with that,' he says.
Photo: Thomas Yau/SCMP
Lorenzo Chim Wung-cheong doesn't always use his real name in life. But this doesn't make him a special operative of an intelligence agency, or an international fugitive, wanted for releasing the US military's secrets. No, he is a young writer.

Often using the pen name "Omnia Palliata" - Latin for "everything masked" - Lorenzo has won the Young Post's 2012 Summer Story competition.

The theme for stories, which had to be set in Hong Kong, was "I should've listened to my friend".

He says he chose his pen name because he wanted to distinguish himself as a writer who would reveal the truth of his stories to "ordinary eyes".

Lorenzo wrote his short story about the battle in Hong Kong between a secretive medieval church group and the legendary, real-life Chinese generalGuan Gong.

"I thought that it would be great fun to mix a Chinese legend into a story with a Western churchman," says Lorenzo, 16, who is a Form Six student at Sha Tin Tsung Tsin Secondary School.

Lorenzo is keen for his work to be read and often posts stories on different websites. He submitted his work to Young Post as a way to get one of his stories published, and also to find out whether people would approve of the idea, or thought it was too controversial.

Despite winning first place in the competition, Lorenzo isn't entirely satisfied with his story. "I don't think I've written anything good yet," he says. "I think my winning story was more of a crowd pleaser. I think later I'll be able to write something that has deeper meaning."

Lorenzo says that from time to time he casually flips through the pages of the English dictionary. If he sees a word he likes, he uses it in his writing. He also uses the Bible for background information in his work.

Popular video games often inspire episodes in his stories, he says. "The part of the main character jumping off roofs was certainly inspired from Assassin's Creed."

Not all authors become physically involved in their work; some writers might use their sources to tell them how a certain fight move might be executed, or search online for the answers.

Yet Lorenzo likes to try out all the action scenes he includes in his work - often using his friends for help - so that his descriptions feel authentic.

"The action sequence in my story took a long time to write," he says. "I wanted to use my own limbs, and test things on my classmates."

His ultimate goal was always to be a published author. Now that has been achieved with his short story, he says he might write a novel. He also wants to mix classical and contemporary language in his work.

If he discovers that he's not destined for life as an author, then he is prepared to choose another career path. "If writing ends up as my career, then I'll be happy with that. But if it's not my destiny, I think I would like to write for newspapers," he says.

The competition winners will share HK$3,000 worth of book vouchers from Dymocks.

Read Omnia Palliata's award-winning story, Eyes of the Departed, as well as the other entries to our 2012 Summer Story competition.

- Don't Mess with the Old by 13 year old Justin Yu
- I Should Have Listened to My Friends by 13 year old Charlotte Chan
- All's Fair in Life and War by 15 year old Brandon Mok
- Dreams of fame turn to tragedy by 15 year old Chaang Vi Ka
- A love to remain forever unspoken by 15 year old Lorraine Ho
- The sad tale of a drowned ghost by 16 year old Gene Lin
- A prank goes out of control by 8 year old Anoushka Hemnani
- It will be spring by the time you awake by 15 year old Emily Archibald



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