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Jim Murdoch

Jim is a trained personal development coach and works as an IT Consultant. He currently builds teams to work for mutual success. Having had an interest in writing since childhood his first published work was in 2010 with his wife Katharina when they wrote of their experiences in facing change, a self-help book. He is currently working on his first fiction novel, and as in this short story, a moral or two are to be found.

Story: Hope

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Q:
What is the best writing advice you've ever heard?
A:
Just start writing! And start a blog and write regularly. Get it into written form and let people read it. Getting feedback from readers and seeing their appreciation is a stimulant. We can't please everyone, but pleasing one is a reward.
Q:
When you start a new story do you prepare an outline in advance or do you just jump right in?
A:
For the short story the idea came to me, and emerged and developed as I wrote . I follow a synopsis in writing the novel which helps keep me on track. I am intrigued as the story develops and can't wait to see what happens next.

Reviews

Dorothy Allemang

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Such an inspiring story John - very touching . My son had a friend named John Smith. They were together all the time - basketball was their connection. One Halloween John Smith and three other guys were in a car accident. John Smith was killed - a terrible loss. Thank goodness my son didn't get in the car. I will always remember John Smith's very special name. Thanks

The Success Wizard

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Thanks for the opportunity to read the story Jim. Its a very well written and compelling narrative. Really strong charaterisation and a tale of hope and faith. It has a very sound and engaging ending. Thanks for the read.

Zenamm

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I truly enjoyed the book, it was touching and riveting and full of suspense, can't wait to see his next piece.

cacancel

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Sweet story of hope and faith. Beautiful!

Sybille

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I get touched till the end! So wonderful ....

jayne

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Great story. Looking forward to the next!

DBM

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This story was written in an exciting way with a lot of feelings. Very catchy until the end. I don't read much, but I had to read it to see how it ends and what happens.

Katling

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A brilliant story.. I enjoyed reading. A lesson learned that there are those less fortunate than ourselves, and need our love and care...Congradulations Jim..this story is a masterpiece..there is a lot to learn from its emotional contents

Debbie M

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I really enjoyed reading your story Jim, what a great example of hope.

Damaris

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A beautiful story, really enjoyed reading it.

alij

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Excellent short story looking forward to the next one from author Jim Murdoch.

Ruby McAuley

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Beautiful story, I really enjoyed it, hope you do more because I will read them...

ClaireB

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I just loved it! Such a good writing piece.. Look forward to more.

Colleen

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An excellent short story, which I just had to read to the end. Jim has real talent as a writer and I wish I could write like that.

Nadine B Hack

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Jim - keep writing fiction! This wonderful short story had many layers of meaning and I enjoyed it. John Smith saves someone and is saved in doing so. All the best, - Nadine

Lorraine W

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I found the story quite interesting. It really grabbed my attention. I thought the ending was not the best choice but I do think you have what it takes to be an author.

Miriam G

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Very compelling story. So uplifting. It grabbed my attention and encouraged me to read the entire story - word for word.

Linda Mc Cosh

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Beautifully written Jim x

caroline mcburnie

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Great read jim thanks for sharing

Jonathan

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A very engaging short story, full of suspense and intrigue, shining humanity to follow and call to be thankful. Looking forward to reading more.

Jimmy

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A lovely story. It was more than a coincidence that they all met up. It was the faith of a little girl come true. Get started on your next one, Jim.

Peggy M

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A truly moving and lovely story. If only we had the faith of that little girl Gaby. I'm looking forward to the next one.

toonjonty

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One as to remember this is a short story, not a novel, so well done for condensing a lot into this. I think his name was overplayed a little as the title is about "Hope" but you still get the message across. A reminder though to double check for spelling errors, there are a few which should be corrected. Good job, now start working on your next.

DaveJM

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An unusual inspiring short about... read it!

TVisio

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Hard to engage real emotion in the midst of today's secular cynicism, but Jim has shared emotional intelligence in a sound bite world. Simple happy endings are dismissed by pretentious critics but this story will confound those who claim to know great literature. Murdoch is on to something.

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