For those of us who will be on the market in the fall, it's time to start thinking about what to use for a writing sample. The paper I used last year is one I'm pretty proud of. I've presented it a couple of times, had nothing but positive feedback on it, I've continued to revise it over the past year, and I've gotten it to a point where I think it's a really good paper. Of course, when I used it last year, I got absolutely nowhere with it. So I wonder if it's good, other things being equal, to use a different writing sample each year you're on the job market. I wonder if it's bad, other things being equal, to use the same one over again. Will I signal that I'm out of ideas or something? What gives?