I’ve been working on applications to MFA programs for Creative Writing. What I’ve learned in my brief foray into the land of MFAs is that sending a good writing sample is the most important thing ever. Legend has it, if you send a good writing sample, good things will happen. You’ll get accepted. You’ll get TA-ships. Fields of poppies will bloom wherever you tread and legions of literary agents will know your name!
So, of course, my new mission in life is to send a good writing sample. A writing sample that’s so good, that even if my personal statement were printed in Zapf Dingbats and all my recommendation letters were penned by cats, no one would even care.
In my quest to edit my stories until they can no longer be edited, I’ve Googled a bunch of really weird things. This reminded me of Daniela Olszewska’s masterful and hilarious “Things I Have Needed to Google While Writing Poems to Turn into My MFA Workshop.”
Needless to say, I’ll have to do some explaining if someone else ever uses my computer. They’ll probably type “m” into the search bar and Google’s top suggestion will be something dumb like “maximum legal amount of pit bulls to own in california.” And they’ll judge me.
After rereading Olszewska’s piece, I also Googled, “best font for cover letter,” because I was super curious about what the interwebs had to say about that. Surprise of the week: a lot people out there hate Times New Roman with a fiery passion. Who knew?