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Alex LP Monroe

Writing has always been a passion of mine. Originally born and raised in Hartford, I was an only child for nine years and in those years I grew to have a very vivid and expressive imagination. So it was at a young age that I discovered that I should make worlds real. I didn't know of the talents that I possessed back then and it wasn't really until junior year of high school that I took writing seriously. In school we wrote short stories and story reviews and I became intertwined with the works of many authors and became inspired to be as imaginative as they were. That's when I wrote Walking with Angels. It had been the first original story of mine that was complete. So yes, this is something that I do for fun and I love the reactions to the diferent worlds I see. Hopefully everyone can see the fun that I have when I do this.

Story: Under A Silver Moon


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What is the best writing advice you've ever heard?
Something that I hold dear to me is to let the writing flow. Writer's block is real and trying to write while in one results in a piece of your story that you don't like. Never force something or rush into something because you want to write.
When you start a new story do you prepare an outline in advance or do you just jump right in?
If I like a story a lot then I just jump in. When it comes to characters and plot, I'll write it down just so I have a basis for my story and it doesn't go off course
How do you deal with writing criticism, apart from just ignoring it?
The main thing you can do is take that criticism and make your writing better. Taking it on a extreme personal level just makes you feel let down and as if you can't write anymore.
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 definitely fix the grammar problems. I love the story and the good vs. evil aspect. I would also make a a tad longer and descriptive. I hope more people read it!


Lisa Rose

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I enjoyed your story. I liked the characters of Jon and Ara. I did notice a few things in your text. There seemed to be a lot of extra words; words that just didn't belong in the sentence. For instance your wrote: 'Ara pulled Air from the stall and started out of out the stable.' The word 'out' is in the sentence one too many times. Also it might be easier if you had picked a different name for the horse; Ara and Air are too similar. Finally, proof read over and over. Put your story away for a few days after you finish it and then read it aloud to yourself. You will catch all kinds of mistakes that way; they just pop out at you. I hope this helps. Keep writing! Again a 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.

eva lina

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I hope its a sequel!!! Great read!


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Great descriptions, great story. It needs some further editing and work on structure. E.g. "pushing his flowing bangs she loved so much back" should be "pushing back his flowing bangs she loved so much", and "They both were still awkwardly quiet looking out their windows" might have worked better as "There was an awkward silence between them as they looked anywhere but at each other", or something like that. Also, "Jon asked uncertain"; you likely wanted to say "uncertainly", and "She forced a smiled kissed his forehead", was probably supposed to be "She forced a smile and kissed his forehead." And so on. Well done, though, keep writing! I think I've come across the name Lilith before, and I think the character was just as dark!

Rose Burke

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Cute piece! I think it's a great start, very creative! If you get a chance check out my story This Girl and a Bartender and let me know what you think, thanks!

TBR Salon

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Wow! You are quite talented.


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I love it. Great story line


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