Empowered Youth Magazine - - CONTENTS - With Happy Rikhotso

Be­ing a writer comes from dif­fer­ent rea­sons, for you, is be­ing a writer a gift or just some­thing that any­one can do?

I be­lieve that writ­ing is what any­one can do. It doesn’t have to be a gift, it only needs hard work, a lot of re­search and be­ing clued up on what hap­pens around us, life in gen­eral, be­ing ob­ser­vant and open minded find­ing broad in­for­ma­tion and not lim­it­ing your­self.

What gives you in­spi­ra­tion for your books?

Sim­ply mo­ti­vat­ing peo­ple, help­ing them mend their re­la­tion­ships, fo­cus on their goals and live happy lives.

Is there any­thing you find par­tic­u­larly chal­leng­ing in your writ­ing?

I could say find­ing the right head­ings for chap­ters, you al­ways want it to be great and in­ter­est­ing.

Now, I’m throw­ing this one in for our as­pir­ing writers. Did you come across any spe­cific chal­lenges in writ­ing NOT EASY BUT POS­SI­BLE? What would you do dif­fer­ently the next time?

Yes there were cer­tain times I found it hard as I wrote about re­al­ity, what hap­pens on a daily ba­sis in peo­ple’s lives , at times I would lis­ten to peo­ple’s Prob­lems and I had to sit down and try to come with so­lu­tions, the most dif­fi­cult part is to try and come up with a so­lu­tion.

What in­spires you to get out of bed each day?

To be a greater be­ing and mo­ti­va­tor than I was yesterday, striv­ing to be the best what­ever the chal­lenges may be.

LETS FIX IT is quite loved by many young adults, how did you come up with the idea for the pub­li­ca­tion?

I used to up­date sta­tuses on Face­book about re­la­tion­ships, marriages and life in gen­eral and one of my fol­low­ers just said ” why don’t you just write a book” and look­ing back on all my ev­ery­day up­dates they could fill up a book, that’s when I went along with the idea.

When you de­velop sub­ject mat­ters, do you al­ready know what you will em­pha­sise on be­fore you be­gin writ­ing or do you let ev­ery­thing de­velop as you go?

I sit first and brain­storm, so by the time I start writ­ing I al­ready know what I will em­pha­size on.

We live in a coun­try whereby many young peo­ple feel fail­ure is the main thing hold­ing them from pros­per­ity. Ac­cord­ing to you, what is fail­ure?

Fail­ure is noth­ing than a learn­ing curve that shows you to do it with a dif­fer­ent ap­proach the next time.

Who are your favourite au­thors?

Steve Har­vey and Chinua Achebe.

Have you writ­ten any other books that are not pub­lished?

Not at the mo­ment as I am con­cen­trat­ing on my mu­sic ca­reer at the mo­ment and the re­lease of an al­bum this year.

What do you think about the eBook revo­lu­tion?

It is a great and ex­cit­ing revo­lu­tion, es­pe­cially for up­com­ing and un­known au­thors.

What has been the best com­pli­ment to you as an au­thor?

“You have saved my re­la­tion­ship” and “I am stronger than I was be­fore be­cause of you, your writ­ing keeps me go­ing”. This is what I get most of the time, then I know I am on the right track.

If you could have been the au­thor of any book ever writ­ten, which book would you choose?

Act like a lady, think like a man, Steve Har­vey is great Au­thor and it is a great book in­deed.

What ad­vice can you give to some­one who’d love to be a writer?

START NOW, be cre­ative, think broad, re­search and read dif­fer­ent books you will be sur­prised how it will de­velop you in dif­fer­ent as­pects of life.

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