Feb 12, 2007, 4:39 PM
Post #134 of 714
Re: [ghostracer] What did people write about?
I'm still waiting to hear back from schools and, having freaked out about sending a chunk of a novel as a writing sample, elected to write four new stories for the six schools I applied to. I don't think it was a very good idea. The un-workshopped element left me dangling nervously, and by the end I was just writing the stories because it seemed like the thing to do for the application. I think it was a really weird technique. I don't think I'm going to get into to any of my six schools. This was four new stories in one month, and they all strangely began to center around a similar theme of suicide. MFA programs brought me to the brink, I guess.
My mantra has become, "eh, there's always next year" as a story I wrote the other day I already love way more than the ones I used, feels more honest and 'story-y" to me.
I had three that I picked and peiced together, all told they equaled 30 pages, but two made 25 exactly. Am I good or what? ;)
One was a last minute flash (500 words) addition because an editor gave it a positive review, just told me to tighten it a bit then resend, so I tightened then sent of to colleges. It's about a nurse on her first rotation through the terminal patients floor, and the man who forgets her name.
the main one was maybe too topical, the aftermath of a school shooting on one family, and how they end up choosing to live in delusion, at least for the time being, rather than the harshness of truth.