Where is your Strength? by Lawunmi A Nwaiwu is a self-help book that reads more like an inspirational tale than a preachy guide. Through the incorporation of anecdotes and experiences from her personal life, the author attempts to provide a clear picture for us as to how can we develop our strength.
In a candid interview with Bookish Fame, Lawunmi A Nwaiwu talked about her book, her journey as a writer, and gave some valuable inputs for the budding writers too. Read on!
- Please introduce yourself to our readers.
Lawunmi A Nwaiwu is a UK based Wedding Planner, born in Nigeria, who started her writing career in 2015 has written books from personal experiences to inspire others to live the life that they want.
- When did it dawn upon you that you wanted to be a writer?
I’ve always had the deep desire to share my life stories with others, my mistakes, failures and successes or life lessons learned so that others can live a better life or run a better business but the urge to write what I’m feeling through self-reflection and start a new journey through self-discovery started in my late 20s.
- What inspires you to write books? What are the things which catch your attention?
At times, inspiration can come from books that we read, things we do, someone else’s story, our lifestyle or from a passion we love. I have come across some setbacks in life that may have questioned my purpose in life and by sharing how to find the unexpected strength within us during our darkest times is an added reassurance that our past can no longer have control over us.
- Tell something in brief about your book Where is Your Strength? How can we find unexpected strength in our struggles? How can we find our purpose in life when everything around us seems almost impossible?
This self-help book will guide and empower anyone to get back on track to discovering their unique gift and identity. It will inspire the younger generation to break through the challenges and storms of life, to discover their untapped talents and build the courage and determination to succeed in life.
- Why did you choose to write a non-fiction book? How did you develop this book?
If I knew some of the life lessons l know today, years ago, I probably wouldn’t have experienced any setbacks along my journey. However, I believe that sometimes in life we have to go through a certain journey to receive the greater things waiting ahead. This is why through daily self-reflection on my values and beliefs, I felt the need to write what I’m feeling, writing motivational and practical content that will inspire those who are yet to experience or going through similar changes.
Developing a book structure on why I wanted to write this book – my personal life stories, the book’s message – the life lessons, and making it a practical book – the tools and techniques to help others discover their strength, purpose and identity in life.
- Do you see books as a carrier of an important message or a medium of entertainment?
Whether it is a non-fiction or fiction book, there is a story or message behind a book written. Of course a book can have a different message for each reader but the most important thing is knowing what you want that book to mean to you.
- How do you organize yourself, as a writer, to keep track of the world you’re writing about?
Having a writing process map has been an important guide to completing all of my books. I set daily goals of what I’d like to achieve, to be able to complete a book. There are key 5 tips that have helped me is i) Mapping out a plan ii) Strategise my plan iii) Keep a journal iv) Review my goals or progress v) Join book-related groups to share my writing journey.
- When you were young, did you ever see writing as a career or full-time profession?
If anyone told me in my youthful years that I was going to release a book, my response would have been “you must be a comedian”. Back in school, I hated reading – thought it was quite boring but when I started writing in my late 20s, it gradually became a part of the time. After the first book, it became easier and the passion for writing developed.
- How did you approach the writing process this time around? Do you have a set routine or does it vary?
December 2019 was when I started writing this book, I wasn’t entirely sure what the book was going to be about but I knew deep down that it was going to be filled with motivational content that will inspire others to understand themselves better especially during tough and challenging times. I discovered that I enjoyed writing at early hours in the morning. I always felt a huge new wave of energy.
If I haven’t spent as little as 30 mins writing daily, I’d feel like a part of me was missing. So it was more of figuring out what works for me, knowing where I could get the inspiration to continue writing and reminding myself each time why I started writing in the first place.
- How would you describe the contemporary scenario of writing and reading around the world? How crucial are marketing and promotions when it comes to selling a book?
The launching of a book plays a key role in getting a book out to readers who might be interested. I remember doing a lot of the work, self-publishing through writing-related blog contents, creating newsletters and web contents to encourage users to subscribe to mail list, live streaming about the book and writing experience, joining some book clubs to engage readers in preparation for book sale. So it’s crucial to get the ball rolling on marketing and promotion at least 4 months before launching/selling a book.
- Do you read much and if so who are your favorite authors? What is your favorite genre?
I have few selected books I’m usually interested in reading, well depending on the topic. I mostly motivational/self-help books that I can relate to. Female authors and entrepreneurs who have contributed and made a positive impact to empower other women.
- Any advice you would like to give to aspiring writers?
We all have a story. No matter how big or small your story is, the fact that you have been through it all is an experience and so you can still inspire others through your writing. If you have being feeling the urge to write about your life journey, start it right away because nobody else can tell your story better than you. Just start writing. It may not make any sense at first, but with time and revisiting again with fresh eyes, the journey of writing gets better.
- Are we going to hear more from you in the future?
A lot of exciting things to come. Currently available is a One Month Free Plan; a one to one coaching to help others to discover their passion, become more accountable, set realistic goals and begin to achieve them, boost self-reflection, develop healthy relationships and increase their motivation to succeed.
*We wish Author LAWUNMI A. NWAIWU all the best for her future endeavors.*