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, his/her writing style and to tell his/her story.
The Writer Files will be featured on my blog [rochemamabolo.wordpress.com] once a week featuring various writers.
The answers to the below questions should be taken in the context of writing [a book, blog or anything form of writing].
Today’s Writer Files features Dineo Molokoane. Dineo is an entrepreneur, accredited facilitator and assessor, professional speaker and DSTV TBN Channel 343 Phronesis Africa Show host.
She is very passionate about people development and personal transformation.
I have known Dineo for a while, I think just about 4 years now. She is very energetic, a great event host, and now recently a TV host.
About the writer
1. Who are you and what do you do?
My name is Dineo Molokoane and I’m certainly a creative thinker, writer and teacher at heart. I have published my first book titled: “A New Becoming – A Guide To Personal Transformation” in the month of June this year. This was certainly one of the most fulfilling experiences of my life. I’m now curious to discover more things I can and will do.
2. What is your area of expertise as a writer or online publisher?
The truth is that I write quite often. I have a very inquisitive mind and I’m observant. I analyze life, people’s behaviour and thinking patterns. I write about the ideas I formulate from this. These ideas normally end up being speeches I deliver in my talks or even a book I potentially end up writing.
I used to write poems as a young girl. I started writing poems when I was doing Grade 8 and my English teacher was absolutely blown away by that poem I had written which had the title: “My Mother My Heroine”. She ended up broadcasting the poem to all my educators including my late mom who also taught at the same school.
My most recent project: “A New Becoming – A Guide To Personal Transformation” will be officially launched in October 2019 and we are working on an Audio and ebook as well.
I strongly believe in the power of a written word. Books are one of the ways to guarantee that your footprints are left behind on earth beyond the day you are called “home”. The world is still to a large degree controlled by dead people whose spirits live on through the books they wrote.
3. Where can we find your writing?
In my latest project: A New Becoming. To get a copy can email:
The writer’s productivity…
4. How much time, per day, do you spend reading or doing research?
Plus minus 2 [hours] every day. Reading for me is one of the most effective ways to train my imagination muscle. It transports me to a world of dreamers, a realm where only exciting possibilities exist.
5. Before you begin to write, do you have any pre-game rituals or practices?
Meditation usually works for me. It calms my mind and allows ideas to flow through my mind easily.
6. What’s your best advice for overcoming procrastination?
I think writers procrastinate because of lack preparedness and readiness. I procrastinated a lot before I wrote A New Becoming. What really helped me overcome the habit of procrastination was doing thorough research on all the things I needed to help me be ready to write the book. Once I had all of those prerequisites in place, writing was pretty easy.
7. What time of day is most productive for your writing or content production?
I have to say mornings work best for me. I prefer to write in the early hours the morning when everyone is still fast asleep, and my mind is refreshed, rebooted and ready to run it’s operating system again.
8. Do you generally adhere to a rigid or flexible writing system?
I’m not quite sure what the difference is but I assume I’m more of a flexible writer. Agility is part of my make-up.
9. How many hours a day do you spend actually writing [excluding email, social media etc.]?
I guess it’s about an hour or two
10. Do you write every day?
No I probably write 5 days in a week
The writer’s creativity …
11. Define creativity.
Creativity is the ability to come up with new, original or different ideas; it can also include the ability to do things differently.
12. Who are your favorite authors, online or off?
Dineo Molokoane, Bonang Mohale, Jim Collins, Gary Zukav, Trevor Noah, Dr Spencer Johnson, Dr Myles Munroe, Rick Warren, Erchart Tolle, Deepak Chopra, Richard Stengel, Dr Caroline Leaf, Robert Kiosaki, Marianne Williamson, Moki Makura, Carmine Gallo and many others [in no particular order]
13. Can you share a best-loved quote?
I’m really loving this one in my book:
“When change is self-induced, external change becomes your servant” – Dineo Molokoane, A New Becoming
14. Do you prefer a particular type of music (or silence) when you write?
Absolute silence is the best type of music I love listening to when I write
😊 Simply put, I enjoy writing in silence. It helps me process my thoughts in much clearer and easier way
15. How would you personally like to grow creatively as a writer?
My observation is that a lot of people play safe when it comes to writing. I get a sense that they want to be accepted, not judged and fit in in how they think and write and honestly not questioning the status quo.
In my case, I want to question the status quo. I want to provoke people to think. I want to emancipate people’s minds that have been held captive by social conditioning and ill beliefs for decades. I want to restore hope in people’s lives, remind them of they truly are and lead them within where all power lies.
16. Do you believe in “writer’s block”? If so, how do you avoid it?
I don’t necessarily believe in it, but I’ve experienced something like that. When it happened I later on realized that whenever I try to write without having a clear intention of why I write, I happen to experience a writer’s block. But once the intention is clear, I write without any hindrance.
17. Who or what is your “Muse” at the moment [i.e. specific creative inspirations]?
Lately my niece has been my muse. She’s only 5 years old and she has been by biggest fan and an inspiration to me. Because of her, all my neighbours now know about my book. She goes around asking people if they know that her aunty has a book. She becomes very worried and puzzled if the people say they don’t have my book. It’s as if she wants to ask them: “So where have you been all this time?” LOL
She’s so daring and bold. She’s just a dreamer who only sees possibilities and opportunities. That’s why I couldn’t resist when she insisted on giving her class teacher my book as a birthday gift on her birthday. She told her mom that if she refused to give her the book, she would steal it while her mommy is sleeping😊 Tell me, who wouldn’t be inspired by an intrepid little person like this?
18. Would you consider yourself someone who likes to “take risks?”
I don’t consider myself to be someone who likes taking risks. Instead I’m an explorer. I’m fascinated by doing new things and different things all the time. Whether someone calls doing that taking a risk, I’m really not sure about that.
19. What makes a writer great?
I think the ability to tell stories in a way which makes readers feel like it’s their story being told, that for me is a great writer
The writer’s workflow…
20. What hardware or typewriter model are you presently using?
Well, I’m not certain if there are still typewriters left in the world…lol but currently I use my an HP touchscreen laptop. I do think it’s time for an upgrade though.
21. What software are you using for writing and general workflow?
Microsoft Word does the trick for now. MS Office 365 is perfect for now.
22. Do you have any tricks for staying focused?
I simply apply the power of FOCUS. I focus on one thing until it’s done. I avoid multitasking at all cost.
23. Have you run into any serious challenges or obstacles to getting words onto the page?
Nope. It’s usually the other way around. I normally have an overflow of ideas that sometimes I honestly feel like my thoughts/ideas are flowing faster than my fingers can write or type. In that case I simply recording what I want to write using MS OneNote or my Mobile Phone Voice recorder and transfer the notes later on
24. How do you stay organised [methods, systems, or “mad science”]?
I’m generally not an organized person. I try. I do have daily activities and rituals that keep me on track. Otherwise being organized doesn’t sound fun to me but believe you me somehow I get the job done, I meet my timelines and managed to finish writing my book😊
25. How do you relax at the end of a hard day?
I go and eat out with my husband and then buy some icecream on our way home. Winter or not! When we get home, I tell him silly stories. He’s the only person who can just listen to my nonsense and laugh at my silly jokes…lol
26. Who [or what] has been your greatest teacher?
My parents have always been my greatest teachers. They taught me never stop becoming; to always have an attitude of a learner and to respect my fellow human beings. They also taught me the power of serving the people around me and how to love people beyond their mistakes. They taught me to be an independent thinker, to have self-belief and to be patient in life. The most important thing they taught me was the art of learning to know and understanding what a human being is.
27. What’s your biggest aggravation or pet peeve at the moment [writing related or otherwise]?
People who think they know everything and refuse to be teachable.
There’s nothing as frustrating for me than a person who thinks he/she knows it all. These people tend to be their biggest obstacle to progress and success. The unfortunate part is unless they become aware of their ill-behaviour, they cannot change and hence the circumstances of their lives cannot change too. What a calamity!
28. Choose one author, living or dead, that you would like to have dinner with.
I’d honestly love to host the late Dr Myles Munroe. I think beyond being an author he was just an incredible human being. Funny, wise, inquisitive and daring. I really liked him.
29. Do you have a motto, credo or general slogan that you live by?
I am the creator of my own universe
30. What do you see as your greatest success in life?
It has to the impact of the 21 Days Personal Transformation Online Programme I run through my company Shedding Light. I’m blown away by how it transforms the personal, professional and business lives of my clients. It’s AMAZING how authentic, emancipated and content they become!
31. If you could take a vacation anywhere in the world tomorrow, where would you go [cost or responsibilities are no object]?
At this point in time I feel like going to Knysna
But New York, Thailand and Dubai are my destinations.
32. What would you like to do more of in the coming year?
Write more development programmes and explore more opportunities in the media industry especially on the production end of things.
33. 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?”
There’s no need to put pressure on yourself. Don’t force it. Let it come out naturally and effortlessly. Your ideas and thoughts when packaged properly are valid and priceless. Learn to place some value on them.
34. Please tell our readers where they can connect with you online.
Make you follow me on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter @Dineo_Molokoane. You can also catch me on Phronesis every Saturday on DSTV TBN Channel 343 at 11am SAST.
35. Is there anything else you’d like our readers to know?
Be gentle on yourself and never stop Becoming. To A New Becoming…Cheers!
36. Please send us a picture of your writing space, an office, room, desk with all your writing equipment.
About my favourite writing spot, it is on my bed I don’t think you want a picture of that
Thank you so much for tuning in to The Writer Files …
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