LISP Short Story FINALIST, IT’S HER WEDDING DAY by Mo Abdelkhalek
Can you please tell us about you and your daily life?
I am originally from Egypt, and moved to London just over 10 years ago. I currently live with my husband of 4 years in Central London. I work as an IT Programme manager, so a very different career and industry. In addition to that, I am also a filmmaker. In the last year, I have worked on producing a few short films and a web series. - When and how did you get into writing?
I have always used writing as an escape, to immerse ourselves in alternate worlds, fictional events and imaginary stories. During the last 10 years, I dabbled in writing short stories, plays, TV series and feature scripts. I have also taken some courses in creative writing and film production.I have not tried to publish any previous work, but I am hoping I will produce some of my work in the near future, including this story which I am currently adapting into a short film. - How often do you write? Do you have a writing routine? And what inspires you to write?
I write at least once a week, but I wish I have the time to write more often. I don't really have a routine, I usually think of stories as I am doing other things, or laying down on bed, then I would write it down all at once after it is fully formed in my head. I get inspired by many things, my own life experiences, and others around me are my main inspirations. Recently, I have been interested in writing more about different minorities, either LGBT+, people of colour, or others. - How does it feel to have your work recognised?
It is a huge honour. It assures me that I write good work, and people appreciate my work and my story came across and been felt. - What's the best thing and the most challenging thing about writing a Story?
The best thing is seeing my thoughts written on paper, while the challenging part is how to put all the thoughts in my head in a way that is simple, makes sense and felt by the reader. - How did you come up with the idea for your LISP selected story?
Is there a story behind your story? And, how long have you been working on it?
My story is a very personal story based on my real life experience. The idea came from my personal worry and fear of coming out to my family. It was mainly for me to describe how I was feeling and tell my own narrative. - Can you please give us a few tips about writing a Story?
Explore new things, read more and listen to people. Get out of your box and comfort zone to make your writing a more colourful. - What's the best thing and the most challenging thing about competitions?
The worst thing for me is the feedback. I am always worried about how would people react after reading my work. The best thing is the recognition and support. - Lastly, do you recommend the writers give a go on LISP?
Of course, it is a great chance to get recognition and share your work with the world.