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Jessica Hauser

Have you ever met that one girl that simply refused to do things the right way and the easy way? Or how about that girl, that no matter how many times she was knocked down, she still got up? How about that mother or wife who had something to prove to the world? I am that girl, I am that woman - and for that I am proud.

Story: One Last Phone Call

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What is the best writing advice you've ever heard?
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Write only what you know, and how you want to write it. Sometimes schooling or training in writing will change your angle, your individual special talent.
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When you start a new story do you prepare an outline in advance or do you just jump right in?
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When I write, it is because I am moved to do so. There is a need to get it out, or a story I remember that I would like to share. Outlines are a good starting point, but not one that I have used as of yet.
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How do you deal with writing criticism, apart from just ignoring it?
A:
My initial reaction is to correct them - but then I realize that if it bothers me, that there may be some truth there. There is helpful criticism and pointless critiquing, one benefits the writer and the other attempts to break them down.

Reviews

Bears Fan

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I really wanted to like this story, and for the most part in the beginning I did. I just don't understand how anyone could submit a story for this contest with so many obvious errors in it. I will agree with the review that said it seemed like you were remembering a memory and the more out of control the memory got the more out of control the writing was too. There were many, many inconsistencies in the mother's (?) behavior and it felt like some of the elements that should have been lengthened were delivered very abruptly. It felt like Ozzy Osbourne's Crazy Train...speeding out of control. I completely agree with Penniless Writer's review.

Touchedbyyourstory

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I am shocked at some of the reviews. This is a great story, that has a very real feel to it. As if it came directly from a memory, with only the names changed. Good job! Some women never have the courage to do what "Anna" did, and reading stories like this could help them. Good luck to you!

Lisa Rose

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I enjoyed your story. I know that sometimes women just feel trapped with no way out and that is a very scary place to be in. What do you do; run screaming into the night with only the clothes on your back and your children barefooted running beside you? Not knowing where you're going or if you will survive the night. There should be a better way, but unfortunately, sometimes there isn't. Sometimes there is no one to help you but yourself. 'Cold turkey' is what they call it when you stop smoking without benefit of help and that is what Anna needed to do. Quit Darren 'cold turkey'. At least she had her mother, some women have no support at all. In your text I noticed a few things. When you change speakers you should start a new paragraph. It helps the reader distinguish between characters. Also don't forget the punctuation when writing dialogue. In a couple of places you missed the ending period. There was also an instance when you used through and I think you meant threw; when she was breaking the beer bottles. It's the little things that matter and with a story this short you are not able to add all the little nuances the relationship would go through, but there were several that you added that told your audience what was coming. The possessiveness and the control issues that Darren had were only two of them. Good story. The scene I liked the best? 'Knocking over her milk, she went to the cupboard to get the paper towels, only to find a bottle of alcohol hidden behind it.' This exactly describes the relationship and the little secrets hidden beneath. Until Anna realizes that she can't make Darren stop drinking, no more than her friends could make her leave him. It is entirely a solitary decision. I hope this review helps you. If you have the time please read my story 'Drift Away' and leave a review to let me know if you liked it.

beth s

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I really enjoyed this ......great job!

baggyk

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There are theorists who say that short stories, novels, and other forms of nonfiction do not have to have a "purpose." They say they don't have to have a conscience or create social change. They are wrong. This story is as necessary to understanding life as it is lived now as Dickens was to understanding the Industrial revolution.

Williams

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http://anchoredstrengthandweatheredstorms.wordpress.com/ Found this from reading your blog. I can tell you rather write real accounts. This story is believable and I enjoy your blog greatly. It helps alot of people. Take a peek at her blog if you really want to see her writing talent.

Ledezma

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Stories of addiction always hit close to home. Some People fail to see the many different types of addiction that exist. You are brave to enter into this one and create emotion while doing it.

justhebeanz

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Wonderful job. Good luck!!!

J&EMomma

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Knowing this type of story, living this type of story - is hard. This makes sense to me, its possible - easily executable. Some errors and grammatical problems could have been avoided with reading aloud - Next time try that! Good Luck!

Malissa

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Saw the ending going completely different. Thought possibly it could go the direction of a murderish - snapped moment. Anna could have gone in a whole new world - direction. Good storyline though and enjoyed it.

JWW

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Not much of a reader but was able to read this. Not too sappy, and not too serious - made for a good story. May benefit from use of a timeline next time for clearer point of view and flow to next paragraphs.

SRJAMES

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I thought it was compelling, and was able to feel the emotion of Anna. There needs to be a little more detail in some areas and less in others but all in all - very good start.

Michelle James

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Very well written and engaging to the reader. I can't wait to to read more from this author!! Well done!

Anth0ny

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I hope my daughter never has to deal with this, its a real issue that people should work harder to deplete. Glad this isn't real. Could feel pain in it.

mommyof2

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Great story, wonderful ending, and well writin.

Gala

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Looks good to me. I'm not much of a reader other than a few blogs. :) GOOD LUCK and keep up the good work.

Friend of Mine

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I loved this story. It's like one that keeps being repeated in real life, much to the chagrin of those forced to live it.

Ashley Nicole Davis

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Great read! Looking forward to reading more from you! :)

Roxi

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Liked it very much. Keep them coming.

PamH

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I enjoyed this story! Very good ending.

Entertain Me

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The premise of this story is common--lots of stories cover the same subject matter--but there was nothing original here. No twists or turns to reward the reader. It was a Hallmark channel plot. PennilessWriter pointed out many of the flaws that I won't bother repeating.

PennilessWriter

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This story suffers from what seems to be a growing aversion to proofreading. There are so many errors as to be almost unreadable in some places. There is also a lack of realism, such as when Anna smashes the beer bottles. That it not only an overreaction, but something a mother with young children would never do in her right mind, and at this point in the story there hasn't been an even to take Anna out of her right mind. There is needless detail in some sections, and then in one three-line paragraph, Darren destroys the living room and the fire department comes and goes. A pretty major plot point glossed over in three lines? Overall, while the story is better than some, it needs serious editing and reevaluation, and while the subject is important, this story doesn't show us anything we haven't seen a thousand times on Lifetime. There is no hook. Finally, just as a matter of plot detail, I don't understand why she needed to put a wooden dowel in the window to keep Darren from getting in, and then subject her children to the entire night with this man hollering drunkenly at their mother and fearing for their safety. She says they have no way out, but if Darren could come in through the window, would it not stand to reason that they could leave through the same window?

AmdaNs

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I think that the woman in this story is stronger than most in this situation. It shows her vulnerability and struggle both emotionally and physically.

avidreader

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I found this story to be disorganized with inconsistencies in it. It feels as if it was hastily written or thrown together last moment and could be greatly improved with editing. I found a few typos (seems you should spellcheck and grammar check prior to entering a writing contest). The story was unbelievable to me because it starts off with a major continuity issue with the character barracaded in the room by a dresser one moment, then running out the door the next moment somehow without moving the dresser "barracade" or waking the children in the process.

tous4ever

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Great short story. The best point is that this story show truth that happens every day not just to women but men also.

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