The Print Version of Crushes

A month later, I think I have to call November a success. I managed to get the digital version of my debut fiction collection out on time and I even sold some copies. After that, I sacrificed some writing time and spent the month applying to jobs so that I can get my financial situation in order. I managed to find full-time employment as of a few days ago; now I just have to make it through the next few weeks to start working and get my first paycheck. Once I’m stabilized, I plan to get the print version of my fiction collection, Crushes, ready for publication. Once it’s printed, I’ll carry it around with me all the time throughout Louisville coffee shops and bars and use it to show cute guys that I’m an author and find a boyfriend.

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Crushes Is Ready

Well, it’s been a long time coming. What started out as a collection of 15 short stories that I’ve written over the last 3 years has been condensed down into 9 stories. These 9 stories and I have gone through a lot together. From our financially tight semesters at the University of Louisville campus to our current failing-at-Grindr-dating days in our Downtown apartment, these are the stories that I stuck with and refused to give up on.

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I’m Bad At Workshopping Short Stories

In college fiction writing classes, there’s one thing you’ll do a lot, and that’s workshopping short stories. I’ve written a lot of short stories and read a lot of short stories in classes and writers’ groups. In college, short stories are used for creative writing education because they’re short.

Short stories are short. That makes sense.

The reason creative writing professors need the stories they use to be short is because you spend most of your time in creative writing classes workshopping your fellow students’ short stories. In return, they workshop yours. Workshopping short stories can be a very helpful tool, not only when you’re starting out with creative writing, but throughout your creative writing life.

Here’s the thing about me and workshops:

People who let me workshop their stories don’t like me after I give back their story. I scratch things out on the page if they’re boring, if they do something that pulls me out of the story, or if I know that the sentence could be better. I scratch things out a lot more if what I’m reading is a short story. Short stories don’t linger. Continue reading “I’m Bad At Workshopping Short Stories”