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Brannon Charles

Brannon Charles is studying for his Bachelors degree in English in the Pacific Northwest. He writes within all genres with a current emphasis on screenwriting. At the Columbia Gorge International Film Festival he received the Jury Pick for his feature-length screenplay "About Love." On a daily basis, he considers selling everything he has, quitting school, and traveling the world.

Story: Postage


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What is the best writing advice you've ever heard?
Kill your darlings!
When you start a new story do you prepare an outline in advance or do you just jump right in?
I jump right in, and when I become blocked, I immediately begin constructing an outline.
How do you deal with writing criticism, apart from just ignoring it?
First off, I never ignore criticism. I might deem it unfounded after putting it into consideration, but ignoring it is a no-no. If I receive some good, constructive criticism, then I will do my best to use it to the story's advantage.



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That was fun!

Susan Gale Wickes

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This is a wonderful story! I can easily envision this as a movie. I was captivated from the very beginning. I wasn't sure that I was completely happy with your decision to let Liz move out near the end of the story, but I think that actually paved the way for a perfect ending to a great story.

Lisa Rose

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I really liked your story. The fed-ex guy and the stair run are priceless. Hilarious. If you have the time please read my story 'Drift Away' and leave a review to let me know if you liked it.


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your story was well written it was a pleasure reading it keep on writting and good luck


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I really enjoyed this. Great story I cant wait to read more.


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The most fictional thing about this story is that bloggers actually earn real money! Still, this is competently written and full of funny modern life moments. And, you know, if any author is ever going to make any money ever again it will probably be with detective stories inspired by spying on their significant others.

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