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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

BloWing BuBBles

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Amazing read. Love the horror genre. Hope to read part 2 soon!

Fast-paced, thrilling and suspenseful!

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This story definitely had a Stephen King feel to it. It moved along at a good pace and it definitely had my heart pounding at the end! There were still a few problems I saw with this story. For one, I agree that the POV was confusing and there was a lot of detail about Monty and his background, but we knew nothing about the reporter and his life. Was he married? Kids? I wanted to have the reporter think about (or miss) someone while he was trying to claw his way back to civilization. I also wondered why nobody had tried to clean up or sell Monty's NY apartment in all those years and why none of the other reporters ever tried to go inside that apartment? It was also a mystery why all these reporters were so determined to get to the bottom of Monty's life when all they had on him was the fact he never left his apartment and that neighbors complained about "strange" noises - seems pretty common for plenty of eccentric New Yorkers. I think that fleshing out a few of those details could help with the overall potency of the story, but all in all it was a great read. Best of luck to you!!!

pat

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i really enjoyed the book, It's very descriptive

K Smith

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I really enjoyed this one. Had to click and read to see what the number 1 story was and I was impressed. I think you have a unique style of writing and it takes quite an imagination to write horror stories. I would love to read more of your stories. Great job

Buttface McGee

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I didn't enjoy reading DANBORO. I didn't like the formatting, or the storytelling. It's not even 9 pages, but it sure felt longer. I did however like the use of the word "vomit". Keep trying!

KatherineLeigh

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Very well written. I couldn't believe it was over so soon. This was a great story by a very talented author. Can't wait to read more from you!

Lisa Rose

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Weird. Seems like something Stephen King would write. It might have been helpful for the reporter to introduce himself at the beginning while looking at a picture of Monty, (the smiling face, with a scar from ear to ear),then give the reasons why he was looking for him. There seemed to be a few holes in the plot, but maybe that's just me. I mean you are at #1. If you have time could you review my story, Drift Away, and let me know what you think. Again, weird, but in a good way.

hburrows

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This story has the making of a good thriller but I am not sure I like how the story changed mid way. It wasn't too confusing just flip flopped a bit quick. I think if this story was being narrated out loud we would have known the first part was actually all in the reporter's head but how would he know so much of what a total stranger was feeling like about his dog, if he hadn't already met him? Other than this, the story was amazingly written and shows the depth of skill the Author has in creating a world in words that is spine tingling! I look forward to reading more of his work in the future. Good Luck.

AuntKimmy

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WOW... I have never read a book online before, but I was willing to give this one a shot! Boy am I glad that I did!! I really do not do "scary" books, but this one had my attention the whole time!! Good job!! Good luck!!!

ILOVEMATH

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What an intriguing story! Great character development! Every sentence held my attention. The plot was so creative. You have quite an imagination! There’s nothing I would change. Great job!

dnsadkjfhjds

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I LOVE this book. It was the best! <3

Chris T

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I really enjoyed this story. Had me wanting to keep reading and really enjoyed the twist at the end.

tricia

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Brilliant!!

sacker

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Great story! Didnt want to stop reading! I really hope this one wins

Tito

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I can't believe it took me this long to read this and rate this! Well written. Great story.

MISSING THE HOCKEY DAYS

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Awesome book john. Very inspirational...good luck! I love the ending btw...

Alexander Jones

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This is a great story! Very original, with a unique style and a compelling plot. It's a shame it was so short, I hope to see novels with your name on them soon!

Francis Smith

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Loved it! Another story that's been told, rather than showed, and doing really well. AMNA, really is shaking up the old writing school mantra.

Christina

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Wanted to keep closing out of the story because it was really creepy!! But found myself not able to turn away. Really enjoyed this story. I think you have a very natural talent. Glad to see an original story in the contest. Good Luck!

JessHauser

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Holy crap, I am still trying to catch my breath after holding it through all those horrible moments. I will be honest be a fellow competitor in this contest, I came here to see how a young man with a profile picture holding two beers and calling himself an amazing drinker - Was #4. I stand corrected and impressed. I'm the girl my friends take the scary movies, like you just wrote, to laugh as I scream my head off! My toes were clenched and curled the majority of the time it took to read this. Even though I was terrified, I enjoyed it immensely! Great job and Good Luck!

Wings :)

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Great Book. Definityl a best seller!

Jacks Mom

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Wow....I've got the creeps!

Bits

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Im not a fan of scary movies or stories, mainly because I scare easily, but I actually found this short story keeping my interest..nicely written and could def see it being portrayed in a movie as well

RBurns

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I really enjoyed the plot line and your choice of words. One of the best in my opinion

frannyb

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It was a great story. I'm not usually a big fan of horror but I really enjoyed it.
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