On Monday I’m going to my very first open mic (where I’m participating, anyway). I’ve been trying to get more plugged into the local writing scene, and a writing friend I’ve made invited me. People get up and read for five to seven minutes at a local bookstore, and then people clap, and give feedback, or boo—I’m not entirely sure, since I’ve never done it. But I’m excited!
As of writing this, I’m also not 100% sure yet what I’m going to read. I have some pieces of flash fiction which are probably about five minutes long, or I could read a section of a longer story that I’m working on. I’m thinking that will be a “game day” decision, and I’ll have to write about what I chose when I make a blog update in the next few days.
But besides being excited, I’m also bit nervous. So, anyone have any advice? Do’s and don’ts? Or ever done a fiction open mic before? In any case, if you want to come the event is in Greensboro, NC, at Scuppernong Books from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm or so, sponsored by the North Carolina’s Writers Network. If you come, you aren’t obligated to clap. But if you do “boo” me, I will only tolerate it if you go also throw rotting fruit and vegetables; go big or go home! Ha ha, and happy December everyone!
–Jeff and Leah