One of the reasons we started our #WriterSpotlight series was to encourage and celebrate writers all over the world. We are always happy when we come across writers with outstanding talent and passion. Today we have Sholape and we had a great time getting to know more about her love for writing. We hope you’d enjoy her interview with us.
Hello Solape. Can you please describe yourself in a few words?
My name is Sholape Abidakun, @desolape on Instagram. I am a lawyer, aspiring arbitrator and writer.
When did you discover that you had a passion for writing and why did you decide to follow this passion?
I discovered it when I was really young. I would write letters to my mum, giving detailed descriptions of what the house help did, what she wore, my entire day basically.
Can you tell us what you love most about writing?
The ability to put my thoughts and feelings on paper, bringing them to life. I also love that my writing connects with people in different ways and on various levels. It also serves as therapy for me.
Which author (dead or alive) would love to spend a day with if given a chance?
Stephen King (Alive).
Have you ever reached a point where you wanted to give up on writing?
I have never reached that point, and I sincerely hope I never do.
When you are struggling to find inspiration, can you share some of the things that you do find that inspiration to write?
I usually listen to music, or I just read. I turn to blogs, articles, the Bible (lots of stories there). Sometimes, I discuss with family or friends. I watch people and make-up stories about them in my head. I find inspiration in different ways.
Do you think you will ever retire from writing?
I hope not!
What will you say has been your biggest achievement as a writer so far?
I have never been as committed to writing as I have been this month, so I think my biggest achievement at the moment is staying committed to it.
Where would you like writing to take you in the future?
I want to publish books, hard covers and e-books. I would like to coach budding writers (like myself, at the moment).
What advice do you have for people who want to hone their writing skills and become renowned writers one day?
Be open. Share your work with people who are skilled in writing and listen to their criticisms, if any. Attend writing classes and workshops. Read different forms of literature. Engage in writing competitions or challenges.