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Season of Writing IV: Short Stories
How short can I make these things?
My first season of writing started on May 1, 2022. A year later, last week, I wrapped up my third season. (Finally.) Here are the things I’ve written since starting this experiment, and what's coming next.
Season I: Personal Essays
5/17/22 — “Tales of a Kid Entrepreneur”
7/27/22 — “Going to the Dump With My Grandfather” (published by Seacoast Online)
9/20/22 — “Adventures in Love and Student Journalism” (published by Seacoast Online)
Season II: Humor
1/11/23 — “A Memo From MTV's VP of Programming Regarding 1,004 Episodes of "Ridiculousness” (published on McSweeney’s)
1/30/23 — “I’m About to Relate to Your Story by Telling My Own Semi-Related Story” (published on McSweeney’s)
Season III: Internet Writing
2/13/23 — “The Journal That Everyone Has Time For”
3/20/23 — “The Right to Reset on Social Media”
This most recent season — "Internet writing" — was my toughest yet. Why? For the same reason I continue to put "Internet writing" in quotes...I didn't really know what I was doing. The genre was ill-defined from the start. The four individual stories came out fine, I think. I heard some good feedback, and there are ideas I like in there. But they weren't as much fun to create. For that reason, I don't think it's a type of writing that I'll regularly do. And that's OK. Part of this experiment — figuring out what I want to write — requires figuring out what I don't want to write.
Season IV: Short Stories
For my next season of writing, I'm going to try short stories. While I'll continue to (try to) write every day, I think this form will demand plenty of private tinkering, trashed drafts, starting and stopping, etc. For that reason, my public output goal is a modest one: just one short story shared by the end of August.
I reserve the right to post other, non-short-story things between now and then, but that's my simple goal for this season.
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