Answers I considered and rejected: "I hope to gain 500 XP and a THAC0 bonus." "I hope to gain eleven days of free eats." "I understand there are a lot of hiking trails around there and Walter Freeman did a lot of hiking. Have I told you about Walter Freeman?" Here is what I have actually written so far:
Primarily I hope to gain a more objective sense of my powers as a writer. I know I will never be able to entirely shut up the unhelpful voices in my head that alternate between saying, “You’re no good” and “You’re the best writer ever,” but outside verification may help to make them less insistent, and the better I know myself the more productive I will be. I also hope to make friends with other writers so that we can help each other after Bread Loaf ends. I often feel as if I were trying to recreate the whole process of writing in a vacuum, without others to share the experience with. I don’t want a collaborator, but it would be helpful to have friends to remind me that writing is something real people can really do.
Given what I am submitting for them to read I am not overly worried about sounding like a crazy person. I'm just trying to sound like a really talented and motivated crazy person. Anyone who wants to make suggestions in the next two hours, please do feel free.