Nov 26, 2008, 4:03 PM
Post #318 of 1018
Here's another thing about writing samples: the professional writer who read my work said that overall it was "superb" and "outstanding" and that I was "destined to get into any excellent program you want." But, in his markup of one of my strongest writing samples,he made a little comment along the lines of "go back and take out all the fillers" That made me question my work a bit, because I thought there wasn't much more to do. So, I went back and reread it. And you know what, I found things...little things and big things...that needed fixing. I rewrote entire pages, amplified the theme a bit here and there, took out extraneous words and sentences, added more characterizations throughout, fleshed out minor characters a bit, and the whole product became much much better. It was the 14th revision. It got to a stage where I was really enjoying reading what I had written. That, I guess, is a good test: whether you can read and reread your work without getting sick of it. If the work gets to the point where it doesn't read like something I wrote, if I can't picture myself writing those words, then I'm getting close to completion.
Re: [HollinsMFAer] Re:Progress in the process
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Lesson to be learned: You have to go through your writing sample with a fine-toothed comb, even if for the umpteenth time. It's been said here over and over again...WRITING SAMPLE, WRITING SAMPLE, WRITING SAMPLE.
(This post was edited by Raysen on Nov 26, 2008, 4:08 PM)