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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

Avery

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Very well written!!

matt yarson

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one of the best horror stories in a long time! keep them commingJohn!!

Dianna

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Awesome!!! Can't wait to read more of your stories!!

eileen

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I'm not usually one to like horror stories, but I found myself very interested in this story. I think it was very well played out and written

kathleenpatricia

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i didnt enjoy this as much as the other reviewers. it was well written but i found it to be predictable. maybe i have watched too many horror movies, but i felt like i knew what was coming.

Lauren Shaw

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This is an amazing story! Definitely could see this as a top selling book/movie.

Nancy

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Awesome read!

Bubba

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Outstanding!!!

Riley

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Great!!

Chrissy

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Didn't want the story to end ! Definitely a great story and a VERY creative author. America's next author is here!

Guttles

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Wow, I want more....Awesome story!!!

Katie Morrison

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Amazing!

john sr

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cant wait for that book. felt the same way reading the hunger games

Bill B

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A great and captivating read! I wanted more!!!

Eric S

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Amazing read!

Jacki

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This story is amazing! You're so creative!

Book lover

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Great story! Really well written...except one thing...and this one thing is really bugging me... "the hideous scar that runs from ear to ear and across his entire neck" Either this line needs clarifying or "and across his entire neck" needs to be deleted. Other than that, the story was truely twisted and an honest to goodness horror story! In less than 5000 words! Awesome!

Bart

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This story is succinct, intriguing, and leaves you wanting more.

Rosemary

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Riveting, I felt like I was reading Alfred Hitchcock!

Deb

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Truly Outstanding! Kept me on the edge of my seat!

Molly2

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Thrilling! Bring on more mate!

Poet22

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Great read! Very good descriptive detail. I felt that at anytime I could close my eyes and had the whole scene playing out in my head. This would make a great horror film as well. I give it 5 stars for the story line and the choice of words with the detail.

yolou1@verizon.net

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Can't wait to complete this

Patty

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Great job!!

Manchester

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Amazing read! Strong writer! What else could you ask for!
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