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Aaron Oteze

Masters In Creative writing from the University of Manchester to boot, Novel in the offing (few pages short of being finished) and a passion for the written word, pretty much sums up Aaron's literary world. In other news he is an avid chess player and would have to be dragged away from the telly screaming murder, when the formula one grand prix is on. :)



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What is the best writing advice you've ever heard?
A writer, writes.
When you start a new story do you prepare an outline in advance or do you just jump right in?
I usually look for a 'great' end then I chase a story that would fit in nicely. I do wade in only after I know how I would reach that end.
How do you deal with writing criticism, apart from just ignoring it?
If it is constructive I take it on board, if it is negative I choose to be flattered. If it is malicious then I ignore.


Lisa Rose

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Hi, Aaron. I enjoyed your story. The tale of Tom and Sheila is interesting. Tom is a character with one major flaw and he knows it, but can't seem to resist Sheila anyway. Tom takes her into his home and cares for her every need, just as he did in the hospital. Only to have her sneak out at the first opportunity to 'see friends' and Tom is too love struck to see what is really going on. Sheila on the other hand, can not grab the lifeline that is offered to her after her accident and continues on with business as usual, even after she accepts the marriage proposal. So sad that people can't choose who they love. If you have the time please read my story 'Drift Away' and leave a review to let me know if you liked it.

Bed time classic

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Interesting Fairy tail

Addai Agyemang

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I really enjoyed reading your story! Tom's blatant naivety really made me laugh throughout it. I found it funny how he kept trying rationalize all the clearly wrong things he was doing which was one of the things I really got out of your story: people are constantly doing things that they have to rationalize or else their guilt wouldn’t let them. I also loved how employed dramatic irony by playing on Tom’s naivety in the story: he was so in love with Sheila that unlike everyone else around him, including the reader, he couldn’t foresee how his relationship with Sheila would end. Yet despite the obvious signs of where their relationship would end I also found myself hoping along with Tom, that it would end on a happy note. I thought you did that very well. However, because you continued the story the day after Sheila completely leaves him the ending no longer had the impact or element of surprise it had been gravitating towards early on. I think the story should have ended after Tom woke up the next day. He could have found a note from Sheila telling him of her past and the reasons for her actions, because I found myself curious about her and her past, and have Tom talk about how he never loved again. Lastly I would say that maybe Tom should have been more active in his pursuit to change Sheila but I don’t know if you made him passive to highlight the irony in his rhetoric and actions. Once again great story!

Summer Beth

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This was definitely an interesting read and well-written. I did have a few small issues with the story though. First, when Sheila was struck by the car, with both the clothes she had to have been wearing and the area she was hit, I feel that medical personal would have easily picked up on her being a prostitute the way police do. Second, what was the point of Goni telling Tom to come to the hospital when she was really at the nearby hotel? I also think this story could benefit from telling both point of views, Tom and Sheila's. This would give more insight on Sheila's thoughts on Tom and the life she chooses to lead. Again, interesting story, and I'm glad it wasn't that happy "Pretty Woman" ending. Good work and good luck in the competition!


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:) tug at my heart strings....


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Guess this didn't end up the way Pretty Woman did! One just has to feel sorry for the poor sucker, Tom. Great writing, engaging story. I do have an issue with the speed with which the ambulance arrived, but...that's secondary. Well done, keep up the good work! Thanks for reviewing my story, Double Take.

Aaron Oteze

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Beautiful writeup! kudos

Concerned 9ja boy

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A sad ending to a love fairy tale. It could have done with a positive, maybe Sheila would come back some day. I guess seemed to be so much stronger than Thomas christian ethics.

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