The Writer Files is an online interview I conduct with various writers about their books and their writing styles. It is a form of getting to know the writer, their writing style and to tell their stories.
The Writer Files will be featured on my blog (rochemamabolo.wordpress.com) once a week featuring various writers.
ABOUT THE WRITER: LUCAS MOLOI
Who are you and what do you do?
Well my name is Lucas Moloi or you can say The Champ, a serial entrepreneur with a focus of liberate Africa economically. I am an Inspirational speaker, an Author, Blogger and a seasoned business consultant in GRC (Governance, Risk and Compliance). I am the founder and Chairman of Junto Group, Chairman of SAQI (South African Quality Institute), Vice-President of WQC (World Quality Congress), Executive Director of Vuka Advisory Board, Non-executive Director of BLH (Bespoke Luxury Holding) and Executive Director of AWN (Africa Wealth Network). A Son, brother, father and Partner.
What is your area of expertise as a writer or online publisher?
I write largely on social issues, Inspiration and self-motivation. My focus is really to change peoples mind and focus them onto their ability and talent, to build in them a balanced being financially, emotionally and socially so the may succeed in their quests.
Where can we find your writings?
Published books are found at Exclusive Books around the country and also on http://www.lucasmoloi.co.za:
- The Everyday Battlefield
- Inspired Battle (Coming soon)
Other writings on:
THE WRITER’S PRODUCTIVITY…
How much time, per day, do you spend reading or doing research your writings?
I spend about 2 hrs on book reading and the whole day reading all the other stuff life throws our way. Every moment is research as I write about everyday activities and life as is.
Before you begin to write, do you have any pre-game rituals or practices? (Do you get coffee, tea, chocolate etc before you write)
I listen to some classic/opera/new-age music and put my feet high and put my blanket over them.
What’s your best advice for overcoming procrastination in writing?
Someone is waiting to read what you have to write, don’t let them die before they read it. No one will know what we have been through and how we have overcome it if we don’t write about it. Lastly if you don’t write your history it shall be told and remembered as others see it.
What time of day is most productive for your writing or content production?
The early morning or late nights works the most for me, when all is calm and the distractions of our day are gone
Do you generally adhere to a rigid or flexible writing system?
Very much flexible
How many hours a day do you spend actually writing (excluding email, social media etc.)?
2 hrs, I am writing various books so I divide the time amongst them.
Do you write every day?
THE WRITER’S CREATIVITY…
This question requires a creative response and I don’t think that I’m very creative.
Who are your favorite authors, (online or off)?
- Paul Coelho
- William Shakespeare
- Deepak Chopra
- Zakes Mda
- Roche Mamabolo
Can you share a best-loved quote?
“We met for a reason, its either you are a blessing or a lesson”
Do you prefer a particular type of music (or silence) when you write?
I prefer classic/opera/new-age music
How would you personally like to grow creatively as a writer?
I am not a novelist, however maybe one day I will get to it
Do you believe in “writer’s block”? If so, how do you avoid it?
Yes I do actually; if one is not inspired enough they cannot write. Spend the time in an environment that stimulates you
Who or what is your “Muse” at the moment (i.e. specific creative inspirations, like goddess of inspiration)?
The superior being (God, Buddha, Allah), whomever you may want to call him/her. The creation of life in all spheres is the greatest creativity and that fills me up with inspiration.
Would you consider yourself someone who likes to “take risks?”
Being a serial entrepreneur, oh yes. I am definitely a risk taker
What makes a writer great?
The understanding of the purpose of their writing, if the purpose of your writing is to entertain then don’t try and write what is meant to inspire.
THE WRITER’S WORKFLOW…
What hardware or typewriter model are you presently using?
Typewriter, what is that?* Laughs* I am an Apple man. MacBook Pro is my writing partner
What software are you using for writing and general workflow?
Microsoft Office has all the ingredients I need
Do you have any tricks for staying focused?
Lock myself away from everyone, switch phone off, listen to my meditation music and boom.
Have you run into any serious challenges or obstacles to getting words onto the page?
Eh, only everyday.
How do you stay organised? (Methods, systems, or “mad science”)
Process, process, process. If you follow it then the results are guaranteed
How do you relax at the end of a hard day?
Play chess, read and play some musical instruments
A FEW QUESTIONS JUST FOR THE FUN OF IT…
Who (or what) has been your greatest teacher?
Life, the lessons it teaches are timeless
What’s your biggest aggravation or pet peeve at the moment (writing related or otherwise)?
The media actually, their deliberate focus on what is negative and ignoring the positives that are happening
Choose one author, living or dead, that you would like to have dinner with.
Do you have a motto, credo or general slogan that you live by?
Veni Vidi Vici (I came; I saw; I conquered)
What do you see as your greatest success in life?
Being bankrupt 3 times and still managed to build my empire, that is a state of mind
If you could take a vacation anywhere in the world tomorrow, where would you go (cost or responsibilities are no object)?
Eh….. China. Would go to the great wall then Mount Everest
What would you like to do more this year?
Spend more time with my kids
Can you offer any advice to writers and content producers that you might offer yourself, if you could go back in time and “do it all over?”
Start writing as early as possible, stop procrastinating
Please tell our readers where they can connect with you online.
I’m on Twitter, Facebook and Blogspot as Lucas Moloi
Is there anything else you would like our readers to know about your next book, the title, what is it about and when will it be released?
The Inspired Battle – details to follow
AND FINALLY, THE WRITER’S DESK…
A picture of your writing space, an office, room, desk with all your writing equipment.
Nothing says more about a writer than the space they use to create.
The revolution begins here.
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