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JoshIsMyHomeboy



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Hi Chris.

I love your work (esp. Lamb, hence my username, am now working on TSA) and was hoping you could help me with a question I have.

I'm now in the process of looking at colleges (I'm a junior in high school) and my counselor said a few days ago that I should start to put together a portfolio of my writing for colleges to look at, since I want to be an author.

This wouldn't be a problem, save the fact that until a few months ago, I've been mainly a fan fiction writer and didn't do very much original character work. Should I put in a fan fic piece or two (I mean, I do have a year until applications are due) and just focus on original work from now on? My only worry is that fan fiction will look amueter-ish to admissions officers and unprofessional. Any suggestions would be a great help here, since making the switch from fan fiction to original work is really hard!

-Rai

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I would advise against including fanfics, but i'm only a high school sophmore, so what do i know? Well, I do know a lot about making the swap from fanfics to origionals though!
Here's a hint to making the swap. If you write a fanfic of a very well known work of literature that the author of is no longer alive, it does't count as a fanfic. Like fanfics of Shakespeare, Dickens, Mythology, Fairy Tales, etc. don't count as fanfics. Take "Wicked" for example. It's basically a Wizard of Oz fanfic, but it's a popular novel and a broadway musical. And there's TONS of fractured fairy tale published novels out there.
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Heck, now that I think about it, Lamb is basically a bible fanfiction, and Coyote Blue is a Mythology one! See? Absolutely nothing wrong with writing fanfics!
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unless the author is still alive. In which case youre screwed.

I say just switch the names around and call it a day. You can always say you were inspired by whoever the fanfic is derived from

but then again what do i know im just a junior in high school as well and my aspirations are no higher than UC Santa Cruz or some art college

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They're trying to measure your writing skill. So long as its not slash I see no reason to not include fanfic in your portfolio. You may wish to start working on some original short pieces to include however.
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Rai:

If it's your best writing, I don't think it should matter. But then, I never had to apply to a college that could actually turn me down. I don't think that most colleges expect you to have done great character work when you're a junior in HS, but you might take this opportunity to write a really great short story or essay. And don't be freaked by the "really great" description. Write a cool story that you'd like to read. Use your best skills.

To give you an idea of how these things can go...

I was twenty-five, hadn't written anything for about five years, but I kept telling my girlfriend that I used to write. One day she was reading the paper and saw an ad for a writers' conference in the area. "You always say you used to write, you should go to that."

They required that you submit a story in order to attend the conference, so I wrote something and sent it in. Anyway, long story short, I went, they loved my stuff, I found other people who thought writing was a valid and important thing. So being forced to write something for an application paid off, because I ended up really putting my head down and trying to become a writer, after basically dicking around for seven years after high school.

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hey, thanks everyone. You actually gave me a good idea about "reworking" an older tale. (Gonna need a bit of help with it, tho.) Plus, I have a few original-character, very short things (the longest is about 2 pages typed) that I'm proud of.

-Rai

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