Supporter of All Things: Meet Christy Watson, RTC Client Advocate
on September 28th, 2021
What is your favorite service RTC offers our clients?
Wow, great question. Actually, my absolute favorite is our Full Manuscript Development service. Prior to RTC, I had no idea how much actually goes into a manuscript. I had no idea there were multiple ways to write a book, but most importantly, I didn’t understand how much of an impact collaboration has on a well-written manuscript.
When you collaborate, you are encouraged to elevate your ideas and thoughts in a way that uncovers your gifts for a higher purpose that can change the world. These gifts, when shared with a writing team, can really transform you inside and out. When you put them in writing, it makes your gifts real, authentic, genuine, and relatable. Having the right team that takes the time to listen, challenge, and explore you and your story is key.
I might be partial, but I do feel that RTC has hit the nail on the head for how to truly create a story worth reading. It is so mystifying how the questions they ask lure your authentic and genuine self to the surface. It is a true soul-searching, inner body experience. I have had multiple experiences working for RTC where the hair on my neck has stood up, a warm tingly feeling overcame my head, and goose bumps filled my arms. It is real. It is unique. It is relatable. And our editors are brilliant.
What is a piece of advice you would give new writers?
I’d tell new writers to remove all stereotypes, preconceived ideas of how book writing “should” be, or how books have been written by others. Every story is a different story. Allow yourself the freedom to play in the sandbox and get a little dirty, to pull the real story out and create a beautiful work of art. Your story matters, and the way you share and tell it matters the most. Do not compare yourself to anyone else. It is not always a fast process, so be patient.
What is one thing you’ve learned about yourself while working at RTC?
I have learned that there is nothing wrong with sharing your vulnerabilities. They are not a detriment but instead a scar that makes you who you are today. You can choose to wear the scar as a badge of honor or hide it deep within; however, everyone has them and carries them. It is all about the way you choose to use your scars to turn them into a gift.
I have been completely changed and become more in touch with myself than ever. I have the pleasure of working with these incredible individuals that elevate each other to brilliance on a daily basis. Could it be possible to work for a place that accepts your scars as badges instead of handicaps?
I have continued to learn how to truly slow down and embrace each moment for what it is. Silence is not a detriment but a moment of reflection. And listening is more powerful than speaking.
What is your favorite children’s book?
Wow this is a SUPER hard toss-up and shows my age. I have to go with Caps for Sale by Esphyr Slobodkina, but then again, who doesn’t love There was an old Lady who Swallowed a Fly? If we are talking about a more juvenile book or series, I would probably have to say Sideways Stories from Wayside School or Narnia . . . I wanted so badly to enter the wardrobe.
What was the last book that was so good you didn’t want to put it down?
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas. This book really spoke to me in many ways. I have always had that “I am not racist and have love for everyone no matter the color of their skin” mentality. If I am treated with respect, I will treat you with respect. However, it goes further than my statement. I thought I understood what racism really was, but this book really showed me oppression in a raw and true form that I was very naïve and blind to as a child. It walks you through the family struggles of the parents to the daily struggles of the kids. This oppression is a constant daily struggle for many in addition to racial prejudice, discrimination, racism, and reverse racism. We have a lot to learn, and this book gave me a perspective of what many of my childhood friends went through. It has also given me a greater understanding of where I can be a better human being for not only my children, but also for society.