Jul 15, 2006, 4:50 PM
Post #22 of 714
Re: [Junior Maas] TV-esque writing?
Yeah, ya know, I was wondering something like that myself when I read that quote in Kealy's book. I was thinking, "TV, huh, what now?" I mean, that's a pretty damn big category, TV. There's a zillion different stations with different target audiences and genres and all that. Personally, I decided to ignore his statement since I'm not applying to Syracuse and since it's too broad and vague a comment to address in any meaningful way. He really needed to elaborate or use just one good example. Since I don't know him, let alone share a brain with him, I can't possibly know what he means by TV writing. That's bad interviewing on Kealy's part, if you ask me. Anyways. I could guess at a meaning, but then that would just be my opinion of what bad TV writing is and I'm not a member of anyone’s acceptance committee. His statement seems personal, not necessarily something that bugs all instructors. So...if anyone knows him, they could probably ask him and see what he meant. I am not at all trying to sound like a smart ass. I honest to God wish he'd said more. It nagged at me too for a bit.
BTW, what schools are you thinking of applying to, Jr? Syracuse is one, I'm guessing. Just curious. My list just keeps changing. However, after the GRE debacle, I'm pretty much focusing in on non-GRE requiring schools. Man, I wish I'd listened to my instincts and stay'd away from that test - I know me, shoulda stay'd away. Let that be a lesson to all y'all who don't do the standardized testing thing so well or are just the type who chokes under pressure - do not let anyone muscle you into taking that thing! There are some great schools that don't require it. Of course, you can ignore the above statement if you're comfortable with the test - just know yourself/your limitations is all I'm sayin.
Sorry about the meltdown, Jr. Let me know about your schools. But as far as Saunders goes, I wouldn't worry too much on it - just stay away from clichés of any sort. You probably know a good story when you write one and I'm sure you've written some good ones. Trust your instincts. Are you taking any workshops right now? Anyways. Long log, too long...must be going...