Writers love these kinds of days when the pressure is on and you don't want to make a fool of yourself. On the first few days we get to listen to our classmates, as well as the classes before us and behind us read cuttings of the work they have accomplished over the past semester, It's exciting standing in front of everyone, hoping they like your work, but wondering if you'll ever be as good as the works coming from others.
I had the priviledge of reading first, a task I didn't mind though I probably whined a bit about it to someone:) The room stills and everyone gives you their full attention. You read, looking for the body language that says they are interested...or not. When you are done, you wait again, ever insecure about the work you've created. The crowd always bursts into spontaneous applause, like you're a somebody! It's the greatest feeling!
You walk to your seat, a little less afraid of why you chose to put yourself in this kind of debt or put yourself through this kind of self-doubt. Then a fellow writer leans over and puts their hand on your knee and says, "That wowed me!" and you thank God that he has been there all along, pushing words from your head into your hand. That's what writers do! The MFA program is about the commaradarie that only other writers can understand. They know you have leveled your guts and thrown out everything you have for the readers praise or pity.
Speaking of writers, the photo today is of Kaylie Jones, author and daughter of Jack Jones who wrote From Here to Eternity. Kylie is a wonderful author in her own right. Her latest book is a newly released memoir titled, Lies My Mother Never Told Me. A good read! Visit Kaylie at http://www.kayliejones.com/. How lucky are we to be able to share wonderful conversations and friendships with writers like Kaylie!
Check out the latest contest from Hope Clark's Funds for Writers! If you haven't yet joined Funds for Writers, this is the month to do so! You won't regret it. It's full of great advice, fun and contests that will test your writing stamina! Go to http://www.fundsforwriters.com/ .
2011 MINOTAUR BOOKS/ MYSTERY WRITERS OF AMERICA FIRST CRIME NOVEL
NO ENTRY FEE
The Competition is open to any writer, regardless of nationality,
who has never been the author of a published novel (authors of
self-published works may enter, as long as the manuscript submitted
is not the self-published work) and is not under contract with a
publisher for publication of a novel. Only one manuscript entry is
permitted per writer. All manuscripts must be original, previously
unpublished works of book length (no less than 220 typewritten pages
or 60,000 words) written in the English language by the entrants.
Murder or another serious crime or crimes is at the heart of the
story. If a winner is selected, Minotaur Books will offer to enter
into its standard form author's agreement with the entrant for
publication of the winning manuscript. After execution of the
standard form author's agreement by both parties, the winner will
receive an advance against future royalties of $10,000. Deadline
November 13, 2010.