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Addai Agyemang

Addai Agyemang is a student who is looking to pursue a career in the two things she loves most: art and writing. She finds the best way to capture the everyday moments of life, both the pivotal and the seeming inconsequential ones, to be with a pen and a brush. She loves reading books, watching movies and anything that has to do with history.

Story: The Freedom of the Stars


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What is the best writing advice you've ever heard?
Read a lot. And when you do, analyze what the author did that you liked or disliked. When you're writing apply those experiences you've had with books to your own work; how do you want the reader to feel when reading your own work?
When you start a new story do you prepare an outline in advance or do you just jump right in?
Whenever I prepare an outline before I write a story I end up never finishing the story....but in my defense it's because I get bored of already knowing what is going to happen! However I do make a short outline of the last few chapters later on.
How do you deal with writing criticism, apart from just ignoring it?
I never ignore criticism. Without the criticism of teachers, friends and peers my writing would never improve, which is why I really appreciate long, thoughtful critiques of my work: I want to grow as a writer, to know what I'm doing wrong or right.
America's Next Author has been running for almost 8 weeks. If you could re-submit now, would you change anything about your story?
I would fix the errors I missed when editing the story. I'm really proud of my work I'm just disappointed that I didn't catch all the mistakes like I had thought. Other than that I'm really happy with my story.



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The world of this story is interesting and scary. I cared about Nimble and Maura and wondered how humans became equivalent to chickens. I wish it had been longer because I wanted to know what happened to Nimble's sister, Roar. Plus since Nimble had the power to start fires, Why didn't she burn the place down?


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A wonderful story, such well developed characters and a thoroughly gripping plot-line. Kept me entertained right until the end. Well done!


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Interesting, very imaginative writing. And although it shouldn't play any role in deciding on the quality of a story, I was impressed by how young you are. Great voice!


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This reminds me of a story by HG Wells. Way to use literary history.


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This Author is young but, has a strong sense of being a creative writer. Good job!


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Great read! A few misspellings and a tad over descriptive in some areas. But, very compelling and moves along at a great pace. I would love to read more!

Maria N.

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Your story grasped my attention right in the beginning. My intuition told me that this would be a great read and I was not disappointed. My heart started pounding while reading about her escape because I was so curious as to what the outcome would be. For such a young writer, that is an extremely admirable quality, to be able to grab the read so effectively. Wonderful job and I would love to read more of your work.


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The first thing that came into my mind as I was reading your story was "wow this is very unique". Its not like much of the fiction that I read nowadays and when I reached the end, it wasn't just about a girl being shot down as she fell to the ground. There is a deep message in your story which I truly admire. In a way, this piece is one that anybody can relate to. As problems arise in our lives, we may feel that we are "stuck in a cage" like your characters, but we must have will power along with faith to persevere and free ourselves from them. Amazing story, you've got potential.


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The writing for the story was magnificent, although some spelling errors took some depth from the story I feel that this is a wonderful story.


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Extremely clever. I loved the way the story proceeded and the pace and tone set by the main character. There were a bit too many typos for me, having someone read your work before you submit it always helps. You have great vision and I look forward to reading more from you in the future. I love the dedication and almost matronly tone you set between Nim and Roar. Very well done!

Johnson Oluwaseun

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The imagery is good, it reminds me of a welfare visit to a psychiatric home some years ago. Nice work for someone her age

Tatyana Black

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You have a very vivid imagination to have come up with such a fantastical story. To be born into captivity and never experience freedom is a hard life. There were some passages were I had to re-read to understand what you meant, but overall it's good. Well done.


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This story is definitely a masterpiece. I just keep rereading it over and over. There is so much detail and imagery. The vivid descriptions make me feel like I'm part of the story. You are a fantastic writer. You, Addai, truly deserve to be America's Next Author. I can tell how much time you put into writing this story. I, honestly, cannot say anything negative about what you have written. The plot is well developed and so are the characters. You are very talented, please don't ever stop writing. Good luck Addai!


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I loved it! The story immediately caught my attention and had me hooked until the end of the last sentence! This should definitely be America's Next Author.

Teresa Garcia

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A few typos, but still a good story when those are read over (you can actually easily figure out what was meant). Having another set of eyes to read through before submitting would have helped you. I can understand how that could have been forgone though, as I did not get to have my editor look mine over either before the deadline I was hitting for. This has promise. Even traditionally published works have typos, some really odd... so don't be afraid of some typos if you're considering whether or not to read this one. Excellent storyline.

Fred Ruark

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Ironic that your story about freedom is written in the most free genre of fantasy. You have exploited that freedom well; with imagination and creativity. The juxtaposition of the human condition with the life of poultry brings a moralistic spin to the story that would get kudos from PETA. This good story could be a great story if you could show Nim's experience instead of telling about it. She is involved in a lot of action and emotion that you opted to write as twice removed from the reader. Use prose that embrace your reader in the story rather than leaving them on the outside looking in. Check Natalie Goldberg's book, "Writing Down the Bones" For more on this. Your writing has lots of potential, keep you imagination alive.


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What the heck does "the itch on my limps" mean? Was that supposed to be "limbs" or "lips?" You lost me at that point in the story -- very early, I might point out. Though words may pass spell check, you have to make sure the correct word is used.

J.R. Verwey

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Very imaginative and dreamlike. You have raw talent. There are some spots where my flow was broken "Reluctantly I let the inspector—which, looking at things now, he probably isn’t—lead us to another exit, in the far back corner of the room." for instance. I could have done with out "—which, looking at things now, he probably isn’t—" it snapped me out of your story. Even so, you will be going places. Give my story 'Harbinger' a read. Let me know what you think.


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This was a wonderfully compelling story! Reminded me of Bloodchild, by Octavia Butler. Beautiful!

sugar mama

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WOW!!! this girl is great.for ur age with such a beautiful story.u are awsome.


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You are showing impressive talent for such a young age! Your story reminds me of a YA series by Scott Westerfeld (The Uglies, The Pretties, and The Specials), and your story's premise is a very popular one among the teen market right now.

Victoria Riley

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Elegantly,poignantly,creatively and superbly written. I'm in awe of this young beautiful writer! Simply amazing.

Peter Lahanas

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I was transfixed the whole way through this story. The clever use of imagery paints a stark reality in a world superbly created by this young and promising writer. The fear, hope and desire for freedom of the prisoner highlights the cruelty of our own reality. I am blown away by the talent in this competition. Especially stories like this, written by someone so young, yet with the conviction and passion of an old soul. The minor editing needed for typos / punctuation applies to most of the stories I have read so far (mine included) and is simply part of the process of becoming a writer. Bottom line: I feel privileged to have read the early works of an upcoming, best selling author.


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Hey :) I really enjoyed the story I didn't know you were such an awesome writer! Good luck, hope you win!

Da Cicero

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Fiction is a pretty complex endeavour. Imaginative fiction however is not just complex, but demands talent very few possess. I am happy to say you are among the very few with a talent for imaginative fiction. What remains would come with age. Good job Addai. It was a rattling good yearn.

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