Jan 20, 2008, 11:48 PM
Post #968 of 1175
Thanks for the encouragement, Rambler.
Re: [Rambler] process worsening my OCDness
It's not that I think it'll disqualify me. I just hate knowing that something as simple as a misspelling has crept into something I invested so much time trying to perfect. It might not raise a huge alarm, but technical issues do have a way of downgrading an author, introducing an element of mistrust (however slight) in the mind of the reader. And with the schools I'm applying to I can't help but think every inch is critical. My most realistic bets are Montana (~10% acceptance rate) and Arizona (~15% acceptance rate); the rest hover at around 5% and below. With that kind of competition I can't afford to give anything away that's within my control.
That said, I had three primary readers go over my sample before I sent it off, all three of them creative writing professors. One of them caught the error (I somehow missed his correction); the other two didn't. So that, if nothing else, makes me feel a little better about it.
Hate to hear about your own situation. I definitely feel for you. Still, that's only one person's opinion. There's a good chance another person -- just as trustworthy and reputable as the author you spoke to -- would say your short stories are stronger than your excerpt. Matter of taste, all that. You never know.
Good luck to you as well.
(This post was edited by bennyprof on Jan 21, 2008, 12:00 AM)