I believe that there are not any coincidences in life but more so magical moments that have been predetermined. When I came across the blog of Tyece Wilkins, I had no idea that her words would resonate with me and become my place of solace during a time where I had the potential to crumble under life circumstances. Fast forward to today and I'll be the first to say that it has been an honor to witness the growth of someone I've grown to admire. To say that Tyece has created a powerful platform with her blog Twenties Unscripted is an understatement. She manages to capture the honest, lesson-filled and not so graceful moments of being in your twenties in such a way that makes you feel a little less self conscious...or lost. 

The work that she continues to produce is nothing short of riveting and, as a matter of fact, her latest endeavor solidifies the greatness living within her. Although Tyece took a few breaks from blogging and social media, she was quietly working behind the scenes on a special project that she would soon share with the public. Unbeknownst to those who actively follow her via Twenties Unscripted and her social media handles, Tyece was piecing together her first book entitled Twenties Unscripted: A Journey of Womanhood, Writing, and Relativity. 


Upon receiving my copy of the book, I found remnants of past experiences and current thoughts etched onto different pages in the form of essays. A few of my unpopular opinions and a sure fire memory that will live as long as I do even greeted me with the familiar feeling of reading old journal entries. Leave it up to Tyece to piece together a book that highlights the complex nature and experiences of women in their twenties. I'm excited to share that I was able to get a peek inside the mind of the compelling writer to see how writing has impacted her life and how her first book, Twenties Unscripted: A Journey of Womanhood, Writing, and Relativity, was brought into fruition.

Nai's Visions: You have a mesmerizing way with words that invokes a range of emotions within your readers. Growing up, at what point did you realize that you had a passion for writing?

Tyece: Thank you! There wasn't any definitive point when I realized I had a passion for writing, I just know writing has always been a part of my life in some way. Whether it was writing short stories, being a part of my high school newspaper's staff, performing spoken word or blogging, writing has always been in my DNA. 

NV: Do you choose to identify more as a writer more so than a blogger and, if so, can you explain why?

Tyece: There's a line on the back of my business cards that says, "Writer first, blogger second." The blog provides an amazing medium for my words, but it's still always about the words. What am I saying? Who am I reaching? It's especially important for me to identify as a writer when it can seem like writing is becoming such a lost art form. We're reading so much less and scrolling so much more. With the world we live in and the technology at our disposal, anyone can blog. But, not anyone can write. It's important for that identity to remain at my core. 

NV: I recall you previously mentioning that you wanted to develop "The War on Black Women's Bodies" series into a book long before debuting Twenties Unscripted: A Journey of Womanhood, Writing, and Relativity as your first book. Why did you decide to shift gears?

Tyece: The War on Black Women's Bodies was a beautiful project, but it was also only focused on one fraction of my readership and my own identity. I knew that the first book had to be something that any reader could hook into, and more importantly, I knew it needed to reflect the totality of my journey. I have always been a personal blogger, and I wanted my first book to mirror the content I have built a platform on. 

NV: Was the desire to pen a book something that always lived within you or did your interest in doing so develop over a period of time?

Tyece: Maybe this is a grand assumption, but I think all writers have that desire to write a book reverberating below their surface. However, over a period of time I realized that I could really do it. It went from this inflated dream to a possible reality. 

NV: Earlier in the year, you announced that you would be taking a blog hiatus. Did this hiatus serve as a means of giving yourself a break from blogger altogether or were you quietly working behind the scenes on Twenties Unscripted: A Journey of Womanhood, Writing, and Relativity?\

Tyece: The hiatus I took around May/June was definitely because I was working on the book. But, one of the things I always say is that you have to protect the vision. I don't know if readers had an inkling that I was working on the book, but that is what was happening. I wanted time to just focus on pulling this massive project beyond the finish line.

NV: Although you were advised not to make Twenties Unscripted: A Journey of Womanhood, Writing, and Relativity a "collection of blog posts," you did so anyway. What was running through your mind upon hearing that advice and do you feel that your decision to compile your blog posts into a book turned out for the best?

Tyece: When I heard that advice, I absolutely took it to heart and agreed with it. However, most people who have read my work know that I go beyond just writing blog posts; I write personal essays night after night. A book of blog posts may not translate. but a book of essays can and did. Because of the way I chose to compile the work, the sections I included, the new pieces and the "Beyond the Essay" snippets, I produced something new for readers, even with previously published work. 

NV: Your book not only explores a range of topics that millennials face on a daily basis but it also provides readers with a sense of transparency. More specifically, in the article "Not Suitable for Public Consumption" you write about your experience with rape. What made you decide to include this article in Twenties Unscripted: A Journey of Womanhood, Writing, and Relativity. 

Tyece: The book would have been incomplete without Not Suitable for Public Consumption. The story of being sexually assaulted and the aftermath that followed is a pillar in my coming-of-age narrative. That experience explains so much of who I am and WHY I am the woman I am now. It wasn't an easy decision to include the essay, but I would not have done my story justice without it. 

NV: Ironically one of my favorite quotes can be found pages before Not Suitable for Public Consumption in With Your Head on Your Shoulders and Your Heart on Your Sleeve. What kind of space were you in when you wrote "Every day, you learn to make peace with the reality that you are a woman who lives with your head on your shoulders and your heart on your sleeve?"

Tyece: This year I continue to return to this realization that I am layered, complex and fragile. Underneath a tough and seemingly successful exterior, I am still very emotional and sensitive. That is that reality I am learning to make peace with. I'm learning to always judge my emotions, but also not to always let them lead me astray. It's a tough balancing act, but it's the space I've been in the most of 2015.

NV: Do you feel that Twenties Unscripted: A Journey of Womanhood, Writing, and Relativity is setting the ground work for the future endeavors of Twenties Unscripted, the brand, and Tyece Wilkins, the woman?

Tyece: Absolutely. This book is anchor for everything to come. Twenties Unscripted has a full tank of gas and Tyece, the woman has a new boost of confidence. I can't wait to see what's next.

NV: If you could tell the younger version of yourself, upon first discovering your love for writing, one thing, what would it be?

Tyece: I should tell you that there will be lonely nights and bouts of doubt. There will be days where you want to give up and moments where you wonder if it's all worth it. You just won't be like the others. It's not how you were built. It's not how your threads were stitched together. You'll miss out on some things and chase dreams that don't quite make sense to anyone else. Dream away. Write away. Despite all of the doubt and growing pains of being a misfit, writing will always bring you home. Writing will always be your shelter from the storm.


Tyece Wilkins believes in the power of witty women, wise words and full wine glasses. She is the creator and editor-in-chief of Twenties Unscripted and author of Twenties Unscripted: A Journey of Womanhood, Writing, and Relativity, available for purchase on Amazon now. Visit www.twentiesunscripted.com to read more of her work and connect with her on Twitter @tyunscripted.