AN INTERVIEW WITH ELLA OBANS FOR POEMIFY MAGAZINE ISSUE III
“When it comes to writing, it was first done for fun and eventually it became a spiritual practice for me, being that my message is a mandate to heal, teach and correct…“Ella Obans
Ella Obans is a content writer, publisher, editor, book project Consultant and purpose Discovery coach. She is the founder and president of VITA-W; a thriving community of purpose driven writers. She helps people to write, discover their purpose and master their mind. She’s the author of the bestselling book, “Be The CEO Of Your Emotions” a book that tries to unravel the complexity of emotions and how to take charge of it, also the author of the soon to be published book: PURPOSE DISCOVERY.
AMARACHI: Could you please give a brief introduction of yourself?
ELLA: Sure! I am Ella Obans the founder and president of VITA-W; a thriving community of purpose driven writers. I help people to write, discover their purpose and master their mind. I have delivered diverse presentation on these topics which in turn has helped thousands of people become better version of themselves. I am the author of the bestselling book, “Be The CEO Of Your Emotions” a book that tries to unravel the complexity of our emotions and how to take charge of it, also the author of the soon to be published book: PURPOSE DISCOVERY. I am a content writer, publisher, editor, book project Consultant and purpose Discovery coach.
AMARACHI: This is beautiful! I’m excited to have you here! Does writing energize or exhaust you?
ELLA: The pleasure is shared. Writing is life for me, I do it as much as I breathe, it gives me something more than energy, I wish I have a name for it.
AMARACHI: Wow! Do you view writing as a kind of spiritual practice?
ELLA: Thank you. Spiritual practice in my vocabulary is something you do in order to please a supreme being. When it comes to writing, it was first done for fun and eventually it became a spiritual practice for me, being that my message is a mandate to heal, teach and correct the saints and those willing to join the saints. More reasons, why it’s gives me energy and something beyond it.
AMARACHI: Terrific! Do you think someone could be a writer if they don’t feel emotions strongly?
ELLA: Yes, anyone can be a writer because in as much as there are people who started writing without having anyone teach them it’s nitty-gritty, writing can be learned, it’s a skill actually, why I strongly believe writing can be learnt, is because everyone has something to say about virtually everything. The emotion aspect is something one has to deliberately develop and in most cases it just courage one needs to become a writer.
AMARACHI: Beautiful! What was an early experience where you learned that language had power?
ELLA: Thank you. I have long realized that language has power, especially the one everyone can easily understand. The earliest experience I had that made me realize how powerful language is, was on the release of my most recent book, title: BE THE CEO OF YOUR EMOTIONS. I practically saw people think and understand things differently, especially towards their emotions and a good number of them I haven’t met but they became informed and changed just because they read my words in the language they understand.
AMARACHI: Marvelous! How did publishing your first book change your process of writing?
ELLA: Thank you. It encouraged me to write another and a better one in a more professional way to meet the need of my audience as I was inspired.
AMARACHI: And you’ve gotten better ever since, haven’t you?
ELLA: Sure, I have and I am still in the process.
AMARACHI: That’s good to know. How long on average does it take you to write a book?
ELLA: I do plotting before Writing. As I am writing my second book, I am plotting the third book as well. Considering the time I take to plot, I can say it takes me a year or something close to that to write a book.
AMARACHI: Wow! Do you want each book to stand on its own, or are you trying to build a body of work with connections between each book?
ELLA: I have intentions to do that because I believe every problem is connected to another, but I can only do that if God permit.
AMARACHI: That’s good! What other authors are you friends with, and how do they help you become a better writer?
ELLA: I don’t really have direct access to most of the author I look up to, thanks goodness for social media. But I have my people from my inner cycle who are authors they inspire me but the authors who help me become better are people like, Myles Munroe, Brian Tracy, Joyce Meyer, Priscilla Shirer, Ben Carson, bishop David oOyedepo, Sabri Suby, Kenneth E. Hagen and a few others.
AMARACHI: They’re great writers! What is the first book that made you cry?
ELLA: Thank you. The Bible, I have cried severally reminiscing on how real some words and event narrated in is.
AMARACHI: Wow! If you had to do something differently as a child or teenager to become a better writer as an adult, what would you do?
ELLA: I have no regrets, I only wish I started earlier because everything and everyone around me was screening how in abundance I have the talent to write but I have always thought I needed a special knowledge to start.
AMARACHI: Wow! Do you believe in writer’s block?
ELLA: No, I don’t. Though writers block may exist for some people I don’t believe it does for me. There’s always a reason why a writer can’t scribble words and lack of inspiration (triggers) isn’t one of them. I think what people call writer’s block is tiredness, it’s the need to be motivated. It’s the need to do others things which are calling our attentions, maybe things that could possibly go shout if they’re not given attention in the moment. Resting is one of it. Or reading books to have in-depth knowledge on what one wants to write, could possibly be all we needed to do.
AMARACHI: Wow! What period of your life do you find you write about most often? (child, teenager, young adult)
ELLA: I write about the three stages as the occasion serve.
AMARACHI: Cool! What was your hardest scene to write?
ELLA: Phew! sex scene. I find it weird to write all my imagination, I end up not writing is at all.
AMARACHI: You could put them down for your eyes alone. You know?
ELLA: Yes, I’d rather not. My mind can go wild, I know I can freely do so soon without feeling guilty. I imagine things a lot and it affects everything about me when I set out on the thought adventure, so I choose not to write on them at all.
AMARACHI: That’s fine. Our thoughts control our lives, right? What is your favorite childhood book?
ELLA: Exactly! Triumphant of Fate, it was a novel but I can’t remember the author’s name.
AMARACHI: How do you balance making demands on the reader with taking care of the reader?
ELLA: I try to categorize them according to their need and level of understanding.
AMARACHI: Nice approach! What mistakes would you advise aspiring writers to avoid at all costs?
ELLA: Thank you. One could be better if not best when they focus on growing themselves as writer while they wait for their time of manifestations, the mistake of striving to be recognized when one hasn’t done his or her assignments is quite dangerous and it can be avoided in time.
AMARACHI: Yes, yes! Finally, what’s your writing kryptonite? And how do you try to make up for it?
ELLA: Procrastination, I procrastinate a lot, I know in as much as people around me have fail to see it. This usually happen when I get inspiration, I always postpone it. I have learnt to use my phone recorder, whenever I want to procrastinate I reach for my phone record the word as it comes, so I can listen to them later and develop tangible content with them later.
AMARACHI: Wow! That’s nice. Thank you so much for the audience. It was a pleasure having you here. Have a great day ahead
ELLA: It’s an honour to be here. I don’t take it for granted. Thank you so much. Enjoy the rest of your day.
AMARACHI: Thank you