Exclusive: H.E. Omar Saif Ghobash on his next book

Sekka Magazine | Sharifah Alhinai | October 22, 2017

Sharifah Alhinai meets with H.E. Omar Saif Ghobash, Ambassador of the UAE to Russia and author of bestselling book Letters to a Young Muslim, to find out more about his writing process, his source of inspiration, his next book, and more.

What is your writing routine like? Do you have a special place you like to write in or certain time of day?

When I was writing Letters to a Young Muslim, I took some time off work and would type from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., and then in the afternoon from 3 p.m. till I couldn’t type anymore. I don’t have a special place for writing because I am always moving from city to city. I do find that I can concentrate best when flying, and I get a lot of work done on planes.

What do you do when you get writers’ block? 

I look through what I have written and ask myself whether I have explained my points clearly. More often than not, I will find things to say and start writing again. I do not suffer from any major blocks, to be honest.

What are your tips for getting inspiration?

Inspiration comes from the message you have to express. It’s such a privilege to be able to write and then get published that I think this is inspiration enough. I must add, though, that I am inspired primarily by the idea that I might actually find people who will be ready to read what I have written, and so I write out of respect for them. READ MORE

Emily Goodrich