Nov 19, 2006, 8:34 PM
Post #217 of 1175
Re: [Junior Maas] Writing Sample: Help Me Please!!!
Hello, helpful ones... Any advice on the following?
My two best pieces--the ones I hoped to send off--just haven't come together. They're first drafts, but also my teacher-approved, best work.
First of all, you've got between three and six weeks before deadlines at most places. Work on them. Get them as good as you can before you throw in the towel.
Second of all, I agree with what Syb says: you send in your best work. That's all you can do. Programs are not looking for genius; they are looking for the sparks of genius. Yeah, I guess it's a bonus if you come in as James Joyce (without the attitude), but most programs are simply looking for promise, for spark.
Third of all, you absolutely have to keep writing no matter what. If you submit this year and do not get in, then write a bunch more short stories, keep workshopping, try to go to summer conferences, whatever. Do you really think you only have these two good stories in you? I say submit, hope you get in, but plan as if you won't. The day after you post your applications (or two days after, if you are hungover), start working on stories for next year. The hope is that you keep growing as a writer, and the stories you write in the next year will be better than the stories you applied with anyway....