I looked up the job of a publishing company and realized that their job is every single thing that I’ve done for myself for the release of my first two books. On a much larger and efficient scale of course but stay with me. Being an independent author is no easy feat. It can seem like a glamorous thing to release a book, but the reality is that it takes a lot of work if people will ever know that it exists.
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.
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.
Monthly I participate in a Mastermind Call with some of the most phenomenal women that I have met on the interwebs. Getting close to a year in, it has already yielded some amazing results not just in things that we have accomplished but in the sense of community and support it has created. Many, if not all of us are writers, and this idea of self-publishing came up in which one of the women said something that we all had to nod profusely to. “I am not a self-published author but an author that’s self-published.”
If you’re anything like me, you probably started blogging as a vehicle to get your words out to the world. Very quickly though, you realize there is a lot more work to make that happen then just writing a great blog post and hitting publish online. Actually building an audience and community has taken participating in the community I want to have through Twitter Chats, attending events, writing challenges, guest blog posts and so much more. It has meant building a business around my blog that includes in-person events, online initiatives and much more. But at the crux of the important writing that we do will always be authenticity.
Thinking that you have something to offer the world is one of the most vulnerable places to be. Yet, I just can’t seem to stop. I can’t help but think, “what else is there if I don’t try?” And so I hosted my 3rd session of The Writer’s Muse workshop because I’m crazy enough to believe that I can help other writers learn to be inspired by everything in their writing. That I can help them expand the boundaries of their creativity, improve their storytelling and discover new dimensions of themselves through writing.
There may come a time when your blog is no longer your life. I know, sounds kind of nuts right, but go with me here. When I started out, all I did was blog. I would just write something, throw it up, and share it on whatever channels were available to me at the time. If we’re talking my Blogspot days, I really only shared it on Facebook and had like one faithful reader. Now I have like five at least, but I digress. NOW … I cannot even tell you how hard it is to fit writing actual blogs into my schedule. But it’s okay because everything evolves and changes and your relationship with your blog may just do the same.