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Growing up is a mess. There are responsibilities to tend to and relationships to untangle.
But, growing up is also a gift. There are the friends you can call at 4 a.m. and lessons to extract from beautiful disasters.
In this collection of short essays, Tyece Wilkins chronicles the coming-of-age journey that she first began sharing on her blog Twenties Unscripted. Whether she’s questioning society’s obsession with engagement rings, carving out her path as a writer, or reeling from unrequited love, Wilkins delivers wit and grit. Twenties Unscripted: A Journey of Womanhood, Writing, and Relativity is for any woman with the audacity to challenge convention, the resolve to trust her gut, and the courage to own her mistakes.
A Note from the Author
“Whatever happens to you belongs to you. Make it yours. Feed it to yourself even if it feels impossible to swallow. Let it nurture you, because it will.” –Cheryl Strayed, Tiny Beautiful Things
Writing about your life on the Internet is intimidating. Writing about your life in a book is terrifying. So I guess at this point I am both scared shitless and crazy enough to have written about my life on the Internet and now in a book.
After years of blogging and nearly 600 posts, it occurred to me that my book was right there on my blog. Buried underneath a lot of inane things I’d written from a place of millennial angst, there was a book. I just had to sift through thousands of words and pluck the essays I felt stitched together the fabric of my ever-evolving journey.
If you’ve been reading my work since the beginning of time, there are essays in the book that you’ve probably read before as well as a sprinkling of new ones.
I’ve also included “Beyond the Essay” commentary through the book. The “Beyond the Essay” snippets unveil a little bit more about what was going on in my life while writing those pieces as well as some of the aftermath that ensued once the pieces were published.
I do not believe in waiting for life to take on a more definitive shape in order to write about it. I don’t listen to the people who scoff when a 25 year old chooses to write a book about her life. I believe in taking chances, inking stories and lifting my voice. I believe in bringing people into my life and asking them to stay awhile. I believe in shedding my layers and speaking my truth.
I’ll probably be 50 years old and look back on my beat up copy of this book with some strange combination of laughter and disdain. But, for now, this is the teeny tiny imprint I will leave.