It’s Thursday and we’re featuring someone very exciting on #WriterSpotlight today. Her name is Mayowa and she has an amazing talent. She has published her first book, ‘It’s your life to lead‘. She blogs at mateyscott.com. Enjoy our interview with her.
Hello, please introduce yourself
My name is Mayowa Depo-Oyedokun. I am the second born of three girls. I love cooking and reading. I talk a lot when I am comfortable around someone.
What do you do?
I am a student, currently studying law at the University of Kent, Canterbury.
Why did you choose to write or what led you to writing?
When I initially starting writing, I did it for the fun of it. so I can’t say something made me start writing although seeing my older sister’s poems then made me think writing was cool and it made me want to start writing, but I wouldn’t say that was what led me to start writing. However, when I became serious about writing, I chose it because it was a way of putting down my many thoughts and also allowing others see what goes on in my mind. In secondary school at Olashore International school, I discovered I loved inspiring and motivating people and I did that a lot through talking. I decided to opt for paper and pen so I could inspire more people who only had to pick up my jotter to read my words.
What is your most challenging moment as a writer?
I think my most challenging moment is letting go of laziness and putting down what I have in my head. The thing is, I think a lot and I get inspiration a lot through simple activities such as walking on the road or having a phone conversation with a friend. Sometimes the will to actually sit down and turn my two line inspiration into a ten page article or a book, that will to put into words the picture I already see in my mind’s eye can be quite challenging.
Can you share any lesson you have learnt from writing?
I have learnt many lessons from writing, but I think the most important one I have learnt is that your writing matters. People that you might never meet will read your words and be touched and inspired it.
Can you tell us your most rewarding moment as a writer?
It’s an amazing feeling when someone messages me and thanks me for writing a particular story or article. That’s an accomplishment to me because it means I am not living a life of self. That is, I’m impacting people through my articles or stories and helping them see the endless pit of possibilities in them. The realization that my words helped or is helping a life is my most rewarding moment as a writer.
If you didn’t become a writer what else would you have done?
I am studying law. So I guess I would have pursued law fully.
Will you ever retire from writing?
I doubt I will. Writing has become a part of me and inasmuch as I write for people, I write for myself as well. So that would never stop.
What do you do in your leisure time?
I talk on the phone and read novels.
What would you pick
• Continental Food or African Delicacy? Continental food.
• R&B or Hip/hop? R&B
• Fiction or poetry? Fiction.
Do you have a writing mentor? If yes why?
Paulo Coelho. I love the way he thinks and writes. Most of his books speak directly to my soul and inspires me in ways beyond the ordinary. I also like his style of writing. He seems to use ancient writing style and he writes in the form of a story which comes off as inspirational.
Your best article or story so far?
My best story so far would be ‘You and I’. It’s not my best work, but I think it’s the one I enjoyed writing the most. And it still makes me smile a lot and feel the emotions of the actors in the story when I read it.
Words for upcoming writers
Believe in the power of your words. It might mean nothing to one person, yet mean almost everything to another person. Don’t let the doubt or fear of whether anyone is reading ever stop you from writing because you matter and so do your words.