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Renee Rose

How can i write fiction yet i cant write a bio on myself? Hmmm, lets see, where to start. When i was 4 i stuck a penny in a light socket. The very next day, i stuck a bobby pin in the same socket. Im not the quickest learner. When i was 33, i got too close to an electric fence. When i woke up 15 feet from the fence, the idea hit me. I want to write fiction!! This short story is only the begining of a novel I am working on, which I hope to be the begining of a multi book series.

Story: The Legend of the Beasts

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Q:
What is the best writing advice you've ever heard?
A:
Write what you love and love what you write!!
Q:
When you start a new story do you prepare an outline in advance or do you just jump right in?
A:
I jump in with both feet and usually without looking where i will land
Q:
How do you deal with writing criticism, apart from just ignoring it?
A:
I take it as constructive, see what the critic is saying and make changes accordingly. sometimes that means a total rewrite, sometimes it means i dont touch a single word
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:
Mabye the names of the two main charactrers, they are a little to close to sounding the same. might confuse some readers, but i stick by the names. once the full book is done, those two wont be together that much

Reviews

Frances Macaulay Forde

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Very obviously a n excerpt from a larger piece. I agree, the similarity of the names was distracting but the construction and pace moved the story along nicely. This is not my favorite genre, so I have only given this story a 3. My advice would be to read the story aloud to find the (small) mistakes and keep going - finish the book. I'm very sure you have an audience.

Lisa Rose

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I liked your story. You vividly set the scene with the village elder sitting down around the campfire to teach the children about the beast. Why do children always think that they know more than anyone else? The part I liked the best? Each child sat, entranced with his telling of this great beast, as the fire light reflected off his face. They learned that the forest was home to the creature and anyone foolish enough to wander into his realm never returned. Hours passed as the old man spun his tales of warriors doing battle and entire herds of cattle disappearing from the edge of the woods. You brought me into your world ( I only wish I had gotten to stay longer). Again, good story. If you have the time please read my story 'Drift Away' and leave a review to let me know if you liked it.

Jen B.

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I was hooked by the 3rd page. Very good writing. Can't wait till book comes out!

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