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Bryan W Oliver

I am from Taylor and I love to write so I do it often. I like to create characters and them put them in bad situations.

Story: No Surprises


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What is the best writing advice you've ever heard?
Get your butt in the chair!
When you start a new story do you prepare an outline in advance or do you just jump right in?
Generally plan it. I have been branching out and trying to let the characters drive the story based on how they would react to the situations they are put in.
How do you deal with writing criticism, apart from just ignoring it?
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 go over it a few more times and smooth it out.


Fred Ruark

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Bryan: An interesting read, but as I reader, I was distracted several times which made the story lose its inertia. The first was a reference to the color of the ceiling. I believe you meant taupe, a yellowish brown. Instead of looking the word up, you wrote 'tope', which has several meanings, none of which is a color. The ceiling's color would have added nothing to the story even if you used the word correctly. Next, the transition from the romantic, titillating, dreamy, wake up to the reality of the crash and impending death was awkward and devoid of good descriptive words for the sound of an automobile crash. As I read 'thump' and 'bang' as your description, it evoked no sense of dread in me. Have you ever heard a car crash? The sounds are terrifying; metal on metal screeching, broken parts rattling across the pavement The sounds described in your story were boring. And finally, I am not convinced that killers and their victims have long conversations like your characters. Particularly when one of them is gut shot. A potentially powerful story fell flat for me for those reasons.


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I've always wanted to write, and know I can, I just lack the confidence ... your niece Nalena posted this, and she seems pretty proud of you! Good Luck, nice read!!

Lisa Rose

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Interesting story. Watch your punctuation when writing your dialogue, ( very good, by the way). You wrote : "Okay, let's get this throat cut." he says a little out of breath. You should have used a comma instead of a period after 'cut'. You also sometimes capitalize when you shouldn't. "You gave it up so you wouldn't end up in an early grave." She says smiling... There should be a comma after grave and She should be lower case, (she says, smiling). If you have a minute, would you read my story, 'Drift Away' and leave a review letting me know what you think?

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