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William J. Hammon

I'm just a guy who likes to tell stories. Hopefully people enjoy them. If they do, awesome. If they don't, meh. Name me one writer throughout history that has absolutely universal appeal. Even Shakespeare had people who thought he was a total hack. So here's me, and here's my story. Have a nice day, or at minimum, don't die horribly.

Story: The Back Row

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Q:
What is the best writing advice you've ever heard?
A:
Write every day. That's what my screenwriting professor told me in college. Doesn't matter if it's a story or an email. Just write something every single day.
Q:
When you start a new story do you prepare an outline in advance or do you just jump right in?
A:
It depends on what I'm writing. If it's something lengthy like a script or a novel, there's an extensive outline process. For shorter works like this contest, I just map out the story in my head and put pen to paper, editing on the fly.
Q:
How do you deal with writing criticism, apart from just ignoring it?
A:
I just take it in stride as part of the territory of creating any content, be it writing, video, music, etc. If the critique is substantive, I take it as well-meaning advice. If it's just, "You suck," I let it go without notice.
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:
Not really. The only thing to do over would be to know about the contest right from the off, so I'd have eight weeks to campaign instead of six. Those two weeks I was ignorant may be the difference between advancing and not.

Reviews

RevSu

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Bill, that was delightful! I loved Sarah's personality :-) I am proud to know you and wish you luck in this contest.

Jonfan2

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At no point while reading this work of fiction did I wish I was reading another, similar, work of fiction. My average blink rate (ABR) did not change. End communication.

Margaret Alice

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This story made me smile. It was very sweet, and I loved the tidbits of humor sprinkled throughout. Such a fun read! Could you check out my story, "The Fate Continuum?" Good luck!

CelticKim

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Great Story with wit, sarcasim and a hint of sentimentality. Fantastic!

Susan Gale Wickes

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If you're a hopeless romantic, like me, this is a great story. I really enjoyed reading it from start to end. It was believable, entertaining and well edited. I think you have a natural talent.

Bruce M

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Quite fun.

rno janie

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Good read! Hope you continue to rise in the rankings, William!

Ramon

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Hi William- Kudos on your story. It was well written and well edited. It had a full story arc with a satisfying end. On a personal level, there were two points that I didn't like. I thought the opening exposition about the MC's love of the theater went on a little bit too long. Secondly, I don't like it when an author addresses the reader. It removes the reader from the story.

Lisa Rose

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Very cute and sweet. You are a romantic. The characters were totally believable. If you have the time please read my story, 'Drift Away' and leave a review to let me know if you liked it.

Rose Burke

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I love this character! So sarcastic and stubborn in his routine, it makes the character more believable/realistic. Overall a great read! If you get a chance check out my story This Girl and a Bartender, thanks!

SkyShock

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A classic, slow-starter where you know something big is going to come, but you're not sure if you're willing to wait for it... Fortunately, in this case, the early pages are used to set Chuck's "voice" and it's a funny one. That humor kept me in there until the great parts (Meryl Streep!). This is what a short story is supposed to me, brief, engaging and thoroughly satisfying at the end. Definitely worth a read.

8thCyn

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Great job! I hope he moves on in the contest.

KimC

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This story was well written and unexpected. Good job! Hope you move on in the contest.

lilj

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loved it! the story the way it was written just fab!

JTree

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Excellent story! One of the best I have read so far for this contest. Liked the little 'she's my daughter' twist. Happily give it 5 stars!

Graciecuse

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I really enjoyed this!

David RNO

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Great story! Just wish I could give SIX stars!

Carol A

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Really great story, made me laugh. Glad to see someone who doesn't get Meryl Streep's hype either lol

Sarah F

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A genuine love story, this spins romance out of unromantic characters and situations, keeping it realistic and sincere. Not a bad achievement. If I had to fault it, it's that it's too wordy at times, but it's a refreshing change from all the usual fluff that makes up romances that it's hard to begrudge the author his style.

BlondeD

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A little snarky, but SOOOOOO good! Would love to see more from his writer!

Max

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excellent story! could not "put it down"

CatNFiddle

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Sweet, lovely, and slightly deranged. This is a writer who should be in a wider circulation.

foxydonna

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Nice story and very well written. You had me right up until the end. Good job!

Druidharley

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Good story. It should keep moving up in the contest. Now he should do as movie about a dog.

Kimberly

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Great story! Best by far!

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