I struggled through the screen writing workshop but never completed my first draft. It’s not the goal of the first workshop but something you’d really like to do within a few months afterward. Since this was all just an experiment to find the form and length most suited to my style, I wasn't too deterred. I pushed on and signed up for Introduction to Short Fiction, even though I felt my plots are too complicated for 5000 words or less. It’s an experiment right? So there’s nothing to lose in a learning experience.
Early on in the Short Fiction course I discovered something amazing and kooky about my stories, something I think contributes to my inability to finish a projected. For whatever reason, the stories I concoct, while interesting and enjoyable for others to read – at least according to some of the workshop critiques, the stories do not interest me. Say what??? I came to this insane realization, that I was writing stories I wouldn’t read myself, much less buy. They were my ideas, characters and plots but they weren’t in the types of universes I enjoy escaping to when I read fiction.