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Richard Mercado Jr

I'm Richard, I'm 19 and I was born in Brentwood, New York where I still live. I never really did write before till my English teacher in my Senor year of high school said that my creative writing skills were the best he has seen compared most of my graduating class combined. ever since then I've been writing and trying to get better at it and I know I have a long way to go.

Story: Deaths Silver Lining

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Q:
What is the best writing advice you've ever heard?
A:
A man once close to me once said "Write only what you know. Put your emotions into words and put it out for the world to see."
Q:
When you start a new story do you prepare an outline in advance or do you just jump right in?
A:
At first, no. I always was under the assumption that people that write for a living just "jump right in". But the more I learn, the more I find myself making some small outlines for character and a plot that I can play around with it.

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baggyk

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Please read this article and revise your piece. http://www.thecreativepenn.com/2012/06/13/mistakes-of-new-fiction-writers/

Tammy A Evans

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Teachers are great, aren't they? I love the fact your English teacher encouraged you to begin writing. I enjoyed your short story-the story line of "coming full circle", resolving unfinished business is often used but you made a solid effort to make it your own. This is just my opinion, but I would love to read a revision that focuses the story on the mother and son-she is what drew him back home, and leave the ex-girlfriend and that failed relationship as a side story. The recalled memory of his mother finding resolution as she stood by the lake with her son by her side after the father's death...I would have liked her to make a statement about closure at that time, something she could repeat to her son as she lay dying. Something to help him find his own closure-come "full circle". Maybe something like "We live, we die. The most we can hope for is to find peace somewhere in between." It might go a long way to support his decision to leave the past behind him-the ex and his hometown-to find his own peace. Some of the dialogue is stilted, and his tone seems too young to support the age of the character. There are spelling and punctuation errors, but those issues are always an easy fix. Tell your story. Find your voice. And keep writing!

Lisa Rose

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Hi, Richard. This is a good idea for a story. You need to work on your punctuation and grammar. You also should watch words likes tiers and tears, the spell check on your computer won't catch them. In the writing of your dialogue, you are missing the ending punctuation(. , ") and in some instances just using the wrong word as in: She even "afford" to use her car. It should be "offered" instead. You should also use an apostrophe in the title of your story. Death's Silver Lining. Try reading your work out loud to yourself and this should help you catch some of those things. If you can, please read my story, 'Drift Away' and leave a review, letting me know if you liked it. Keep writing.

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