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John Feldman

Stay-at-home son, Decent writer, better sluggard, amazing drinker. Want more? IM me and ask me my a/s/l.

Story: Danboro

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Q:
What is the best writing advice you've ever heard?
A:
Write! No matter what, just write! @AdviceToWriters and @Quotes4Writers are two Twitter Handles that I follow religiously. They help pry my lazy self off the couch and make me want to write.
Q:
When you start a new story do you prepare an outline in advance or do you just jump right in?
A:
Once I've come up with what I think is an amazing idea, I don't have the patience to prepare. An outline to me is like a tease. It's like a story being dangled in front of my face, but I can't write it.
Q:
How do you deal with writing criticism, apart from just ignoring it?
A:
There's no way that every single person who reads your story will like it, but everything a writer writes feels like their best work and when the excitement doesn't carry over to the reader, the writer feels a small sense of failure. I do, at least.
Q:
America's Next Author has been running for almost 8 weeks. If you could re-submit now, would you change anything about your story?
A:
I would have went back to edit a few times. It seems some of my reviews critiqued my uses of tense. Other than that, I wouldn't change the story line at all. I loved it. Still do.

Reviews

Sailor

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I'm so glad you didn't write the same thing over and over and over again like some of the other stories in this contest. Your story was thrilling! Great job and good luck!

Have You Met Ted?

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I agree with Artist82. I didn't have to force myself to keep reading this one. I was engaged right from the beginning and couldn't believe it ended so fast. Great creativity! Keep writing and good luck!

Artist82

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This story was both creative and engaging throughout. I am not an author, I am just someone that likes to read. Many of the good stories that I have read in this contest didn't get good until midway through or towards the end. Your story had me from beginning to end! Good luck, I hope that you get nominated!

Sid

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there seems to be alot of different reviews. Most of the negative is becuase people dont like horror.... If you dont like horror dont read it. A story doesnt deserve to be bashed because you dont like the genre. I thought that it was an amazing short story well written and it keeps the reader wanting more. I see a future in this author i want more!!!! Good luck!!!!!

PamH

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I Truly enjoyed this one! Very creative and suspenseful!

read 4 fun!

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This was really well written! Your are very creative and have a natural talent for writing. Your story grabbed my interest from beginning to end. I hope to see more of your writing! This would also make a great horror movie!

Sue Mc

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Well crafted, creative and thrilling! You definitely have a future in writing!

PennilessWriter

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This story is awful. It's not only poorly written in that it keeps switching between tenses and is incredibly rushed, but it is grotesquely, excessively horrifying. There is no suspense, no terror, no horror in a way that makes the horror genre great. It just goes from mundane to shockingly disgusting in seconds. I regret reading this story.

dmf39@aol.com

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Great story John hope you win!

D Biller

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Was a great story. Throughout the story I thought that I was going to be able to predict the ending... but this time I could not. I feel as if as a writer you have some great depth to your level of creativity. Overall a wonderful story

MikeF

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Great read! Leaves you wanting more. Very well written

Ross

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Outstanding! Gripping, kept me wanting more! Very creative! I agree with most of your reviews. I am not sure what story C.A. and C. Remus read??

C. A.

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Starts our with interesting elements. This author certainly knows how to write. Unfortunately it had the feel of something I had read before. I'm surpised to see so many reviews citing the "originality" because this seems like an episode of "Supernatural", i.e., black eyes, demons, the method of killing. Again, I'm not saying he can't write but part of writing is thinking outside of/adding to what's already been done, not giving it back again.

MaurS

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I enjoyed this story. I thought it was original and chilling. I think you described the detail very well without overkill (as many times can happe). i wish you luck and thank you for bringing a horror genre into this competition

C. Elizabeth Remus (FEAR & FIRE)

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I am not really sure what to think of this story, other than that it feels fairly amateur in nature. I think that it had the potential to be scary, but because you told the reader everything that was happening, the suspense was lost. I think if this story was fleshed out and given some time to work itself out, it might be interesting, but at the moment it is full of jokes that are too cheesy to really be funny (i.e. "Yorker Knew"). If you perhaps explored more about the character of the reporter and the character of Monty instead of telling the reader everything up front, the story might pace itself a little better. Try to expound on the details and be less "general" when you write. It feels generic.

a leigh

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this book was fastastic! so descriptive,I can't wait to read his next story!!

Megan

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You're a great writer! What an imagination. I could never come up with stuff like that myself. That was really creepy. I could picture the images in my head while I was reading. It's actually pretty gross, lol. Good job!!

Grespo

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Awesome!!!

Natalie

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This is excellent. I couldn't believe it was over. I wanted to read more. Very well written. Great job!

BIGJOEDIG

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AWESOME

kids

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Great book.

Tommy G

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Great Story... Thoroughly Enjoyed!!!

Crispy 209

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Honestly , I did not think I was going to enjoy it given it was horror catergory. But i found myself curling my toes as I was reading and actually enjoyed it! (still a little freaked out) But I think overall it is definitely a great story line and idea. very creative.

Claire

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Creepy! I loved the creepy feel to this story and loved the attention to detail without feeling like you tried too hard. I would love to see this as a full book/ movie

Ben Buckthorn

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Very well written. Concise and fast moving psycological thriller. A warning that we won't be able to heed to all of us about being too curious.
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