What some of you may not know about me is that my journey in blogging honestly started from my work in the music industry. I know, weird right? But let me explain. I started college as a journalism major but decided that news sucked and I wanted to write about something more exciting, cue songwriting. Lol. I just randomly decided that I wanted to write songs and so I switched schools and majors to Broadcast, Telecommunications, and Mass Media which somehow held a music industry track and the rest was history. Why I am no longer in hot pursuit of a songwriting career is because at some point you come to a crossroads where you have to either get better or quit.
A writing workshop. It’s easy to wonder exactly what that means. Is it weird? Can I go if I don’t write all the time, but I write sometimes? What will it help me with? Do I even need help if I am an established writer? These, I am sure are the many questions one might ask when faced with something entitled a writing workshop. So I wanted to take some time on the blog to talk about what exactly to expect in a writing workshop environment.
I feel everything. It’s part of the reason that I shield myself from indulging in the news or too much of woke Twitter. I literally can’t take it. Some of us feel everything. Every part of the anguish, the frustration, and devastation that this world has to offer. Remember the film adapted from the book “The Secret Life of Bees?” May Boatwright was the youngest sister that was so burdened by the traumas of the world that it eventually led to her death. In that light, it may seem like empathy is crippling, but I believe as writers, it’s our superpower.
Someone reached out to me about guest posting on this blog. Which was normal, I sent over the requirements, and they had one question. “What is your site traffic like?”At first I had a moment of panic. And then I thought, “This person is reaching out to me, about my platform, and I’m the nervous one?” Yes, sometimes we are ridiculous, it is what is. The reality is, I don’t have boastful traffic on my site. When researching what brands are looking for in regard to influencer marketing, it was like 5,000-8,000 unique visitors a month or daily maybe? HA! I’m not there. AT ALL. I’m somewhere, just not there.
I was recently thinking back to the time that my husband was going to be on a TV show on Fuse. A close relationship led him to the opportunity to both produce music for the show and to serve as the DJ/host on-air. He had only recently picked up DJing and had absolutely no experience on a major television show at all. I mean speaking to producers through in-ears, learning scripts, having production meetings. He was spending the week in NY so he could tape and coming home on just weekends. It all happened so fast, but when I think back to that time, I think of how much he stepped up to the plate.
“Life comes at your fast,” couldn’t be a more accurate adage in this day and time. Every time I hear it, I nod profusely in agreement that sometimes life changes in an instant and if you’re not on somewhat of a solid foundation it will literally knock you right over. Someone was let go in my company and the proverbial ish all got really real.
I am a firm believer of curated timelines. I know there may be some people that I offend because I don’t follow back, but discoveries like these make it all worthwhile. As some of you know, I am working on a lot of projects that involve writers and specifically writers of color. So I have been making sure to also curate my timeline in such a way that reflects that. I’m all about learning and gathering opportunities through social media. If we’re going to waste our lives away, it ought to be on something useful.
Javacia Harris Bowser is the founder and editor of See Jane Write which is her online space that not only showcases her work, but is also a network and community of talented writers. She has written for publications that include USA Today, Birmingham Magazine, and a weekly column for B-Metro Magazine. A teacher by day and night really as her work helps women blossom through their writing, Bowser is a booming voice among creatives in the South. (Her crew practically filled our morning session at Be Blogalicious, so I know she is offering something special.)