Interview with Lukasz Laniecki

What is your dream job?
Writing. It took me more than 20 years of my life to realize that.
My school teachers always praised my writing, but all it meant for me back then was that I could get an A from my next written assignment. I never imagined that writing could be my main occupation in life. And that’s precisely what it is today.
Would you call yourself a writer?
I don’t like those labels. They’re imposed by our society. The society demands that we pigeonhole ourselves. We’re human beings and a human being is never just a writer, or just a lawyer. It bothers me that so many of us acquire those labels early on in our lives and wear them our entire lives. We forget that once we were Jims, Omars, Richards, Jessicas, Amys, Lilys. Now we’re accountants, lawyers, writers, painters, bankers, barbers. It shouldn’t be that way. Of course, it helps when we need a haircut, but the price for knowing whom we should visit to get one is high. Too high.

I believe that I there are things about me which are untapped, but which may reveal themselves to me in the future. I truly believe that I’ll explore other (than writing) ways of artistic expression.
What is your writing process?
I write every day for 5-6 hours (that’s up to 2200 hours per year, or three full months of writing non stop).

All days in a year, first thing in the morning. People can’t reach me on my phone - let alone in person - until 1 pm (sometimes I would forget to switch my phone back on). All sorts of people get mad at me because of my “weird” phone habits (including my mother and wife). But that’s necessary if I want to create. Would a pilot take your phone call while she/he is flying a plane full of passengers? Would a surgeon take your phone call while performing surgery on his/ her patient?

So, I figured, if people get mad at me, clearly they don’t understand that I too need to detach from the outside world (cut out all distractions). For some reason, they still try to convince me that comparing myself to pilots and surgeons can’t be justified in any way. And I, for some reason, would not listen, and stick to my daily surgeonish (or pilotish) schedule.

I write between 300k and 500k words annually (usually a nonfiction book is 30k - 60k words). I feel I could write more if I had more hours.
When did you start publishing your content online?
I started blogging in 2012, but it wasn’t until the beginning of 2016 that I decided to create a habit of writing and posting content daily. I maintained this habit ever since.
What do you write about?
I write about parenting, the challenges of being a young adult, building a career, and life in general. But if I want to write about something else, then why shouldn't I?
Besides books, where do you publish?
I share my thoughts and experiences with the world on my blog My Game, on Medium and on my Quora blogs. In addition to that, every day I answer questions on Quora. Plus, I respond to my followers’ individual questions via private Quora messages.
What is your background?
I’ve spent more than 10 years working in the legal profession. Wasn’t my cup of tea. So I quit at the age of 35, saying goodbye to combined 15 years of studying and experience.
Was I good? I was good at arguing cases in courts of law, particularly in .. writing. I could do a lot of damage to the other side’s neatly crafted story. Meaning? I had this ease of pinpointing any holes in their side of story - I’m still good at it.

I guess that’s precisely why I reject most of the rules we are supposed to live by - they’re hollow, most of them (they’re like sieves too me - they don’t hold water).
Are you a parent?
I have a son who is 11 years old (in 2018). And I love being a parent. I guess I was born for it. I completely ignore other people’s comments and opinions about how many children one should have (or I should have). I have just one, and that’s the right number for me.
What is your pet peeve?
That we as a society collectively developed a belief that it’s not OK to talk about our parents’ flaws and intentions.

Of course, if you only blame others and fail to assume 100% responsibility for your own life, you become a loser. There is no doubt in my head that this is how it is in life. But our inability to even look at what parents of this world could do better (apart from the advice to spend more time with their children - because there is no shortage of articles sending this particular message to parents) to me is staggering.

Parents are literally untouchable in our society. They are being let off the hook. And, as a result, young adults are the only ones who are responsible for making sure that the parent-child relationships in our society actually work. It shouldn’t be this way. It’s not fair.
What do you dream of?
I dream of some day going on a tour during which I would meet and have the chance to work with some of the contemporary artists from different regions of the world.
What is your life’s motto?
My late teenage years and early 20s wasn't the time to build my future. My whole life is.
Published 2018-08-05.
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Books by This Author

You Have The Right Not To Make Your Parents Proud.
 A Book Of Quotes
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,830. Language: English. Published: May 22, 2017. Categories: Nonfiction » Relationships & Family » Parenting / parent & adult child
A collection of 121 quotes from my book You Have The Right Not To Make Your Parents Proud. A good way to refresh the book's main points in less than 60 minutes. A nice instagram card design, but, most important, a valuable and life-changing content.
You Have The Right Not To Make Your Parents Proud
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 24,760. Language: English. Published: May 22, 2017. Categories: Nonfiction » Relationships & Family » Parenting / parent & adult child
Is the fear of being different or even discussing problematic issues that arise in families all over the world something we should accept as inevitable? Should we watch as young adults, generation after generation, yield to the family pressure, because they lack coping mechanisms (alternative narratives)? Can’t we challenge those fears and beliefs? This book is about overcoming those obstacles.