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During the day i'm a one man IT depart for 8 clinics nestled in the mountains of eastern Kentucky and at night i'm a fledgling writer. I have written several short stories and two books of poetry. I currently have one novel in rewrite and a novel and a writing course in development.

Story: Ramblings of a mad man.


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What is the best writing advice you've ever heard?
That's a tuff one. I guess it would have to be "keep at it until you finish it".
When you start a new story do you prepare an outline in advance or do you just jump right in?
The way i write is the subject of a writing course that i have in develpment. I write by watching the story play out in my mind, just like a movie, then i write down what i see.


J.R. Verwey

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Interesting. It has, potential. I got stuck as some of the scene changes. Wasn't too happy about the ending.


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I don't care for horror stories. This is a well written story with much creative background and little gore. I enjoyed it.

Lisa Rose

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Your story is interesting. I did notice some punctuation issues for example: ("Sorry, I was reading your case notes and wasn't paying close attention, so I thought you were asking me" Said Luke as he looked up from a handful of papers.) After the word me, there should be a period and the word said should not be capitalized. Also there was at least one instance where you repeated yourself in the same sentence: ("Yeah, sure I'm fine." Jason said as he pushed open the door the heavy wooden door and entered the lobby.) If you have the time, after you write a story put it away for a week or so and then bring it back out and read it again. You will catch a lot of little mistakes that way. Or if you have someone who can read the story for you, they might find something you have missed. It is easy to read what you meant to say, instead of what you wrote. Keep writing, practice makes perfect. If you wouldn't mind, could you read my story, 'Drift Away' and write a review to let me know if you liked it?


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Boy oh Boy... I have reviewed a number of stories here on this contest and I can only say (I'm sorry author) they should have had more stringent entry requirements. I mean seriously this contest is titled America's Next Author. But I digress, you really need to spend some time studying the craft of writing. This story is (once again- as so many stories in this contest are) technically written fairly well. (you got the punctuation right) But anybody, who has read any amount of books at all, maybe even comic books, would feel like they're watching paint dry reading this. The plot is completely superfluous and there is no imaginative writing or twist whatsoever. I read stories by new authors all the time. You need to spend more time studying the basics and developing some sense of style. Good luck to you in your future endeavours.


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This is a wonderful story!


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I feel like I died and went to heaven. And then God punched me in the mouth and told me to get the out and that I have a weird chin. The punch and getting kicked out of heaven hurt but that comment about my chin just stuck in my head that's all I could think about. My chins not even that weird I know its kind of small but its not that bad its not even noticeable. A little weird not bad. Is it? That's your book

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