Meet Adil Dad, a 24 year-old author from England and founder of Leaf Publishing House. Continuously releasing new projects and evoking many by his words, his social media has grown tremendously and still does. His written works include Pick Me Up and Rise that has received 5-star reviews worldwide.
HOW DID YOU BEGIN TO WRITE?
My creative history has always predominantly been visual, with photography and a few experiments with film in the early stage of my career. I had never really thought about the power words could harness until I delved into Rumi’s collection of poetry. On the first read I didn’t know what any of it meant, I knew it held much more depth but also knew I didn’t have the power to understand any of it (yet).
A few months had passed and I was packing for an internship in London, while packing I knew I wanted to include a few books for the trip, and of course I added Rumi’s collection to my bag. Months had passed and I neglected this book, whilst it gathered many particles on my window pane.
Then, one morning while clearing up my room I saw it and put it in my bag, for the next day’s commute. This was my second time reading it, and I remember having to sit down, and take it all in. I’m unsure how or when this happened, but the words spoke to me. Very deeply. By the will of God, these words were so relatable, as though they were written for me. But how?
The next few mornings I began to task myself to write a few words, nothing big, just stuff that I was feeling at that moment in time, mostly about the human condition. Stuff we all feel. I then started to show a few friends my work and to know that they all resonated with the work was special to me, and to hear that they felt each word was again, very surprising that, through words, I had created something that moved someone.
And that is exactly what inspires me to write.
HOW DO YOU DEAL WITH WRITER’S BLOCK?
This is something that I’ve never really fallen into, yet. Perhaps, on small scale. I’ll have a day where I feel like not writing anything at all, and that’s ok, it comes out when it does. There’s no forcing it. I’ll usually open my favourite books and read anything for inspiration. I sometimes pop into my Waterstones and just choose a genre I haven’t quite explored yet and I’ll just dive into it, escaping my comfort zone.
EVERYBODY GOES THROUGH SELF DOUBT, HOW DO YOU OVERCOME IT?
This is seriously one of the most important obstacles I’ve had to deal with in the past. Am I good enough to do X a thing? To run a business? To write books? It’s truly something that is different to each person and if I hope I can bring value with what I’m about to say next…
Most self doubt comes from external forces, the best way to overcome it is to know that the internal is impenetrable, and nothing external can touch it. So, all the thoughts and statements you and people have made about yourself, they don’t matter. They never will.
WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO PEOPLE WHO ARE STRUGGLING TO ACHIEVE THEIR GOALS AND DREAMS?
Courage. Have the courage to do what you can’t, to open a whole new path for you to walk on. To believe it’s possible, and know that with prayer and action dreams come true. It will never come over night. But when it does, it is worth all your sleepless nights.
Keep up with Adil on Instagram: @adilsaperture