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Emma Williams is freelance writer who has previously worked in healthcare. Emma runs and manages her own blog site and has ghost written several factual books. At present Emma is working on her own fiction book.Emma has two small children and a whippet puppy which keep her pretty busy too. You can keep up with Emma on twitter; @EmmaWil34886683

Story: Dinner at Eight.


Each week authors will be given a new question to answer which will lend additional insight into their story and writing process. Do you have a question you'd like to see the authors answer? Tweet it to @aNextAuthor!

What is the best writing advice you've ever heard?
The best writing advice I have ever heard is; when writing a story you must be able to paint picture.
When you start a new story do you prepare an outline in advance or do you just jump right in?
It varies as to what I do. If an idea jumps out at me I just start typing and it just starts flowing. If I get writers block then I start brain storming and preparing.
How do you deal with writing criticism, apart from just ignoring it?
I really enjoy criticism especially from more experienced writers. I take all of it into account and if applicable I try and improve my work from 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?
Yes I would change a few accidental errors and add more description.


Alyce Wilson

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I agree with the other reviewers that this story has a lot of potential. Couples often have a problem conceiving, and that's a very emotional issue worth exploring. I think if you removed much of the dialogue and concentrated on the feelings of this couple, adding description that highlights the story, it would make more of an impact. Please take a moment to read my story, "Dating Safari," and share your comments.


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I liked the concept of the story: life is delicate. However it was hard for me to connect with the MC, and his inner ramblings didn't quite touch me. There were a couple of punctuation errors. Most of the dialogue was rapid-fire, just volleying back and forth, which was tiring to the eyes. It could have been more bearable with description and movement interspersed to break it up. The ending was sad and so real- things do just change in a split second.

Lisa Rose

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Good idea. But the execution needs some work. My chief complaint about the stories in this contest is that they don't have enough dialogue. Your story goes in the opposite direction -- to the extreme. You need some adjectives in there, a little description. Half of the time, it was difficult to figure out which person was speaking -- the husband, the wife or the waiter. Use a name once in awhile or he said, she said (or even -- the waiter replied). Great idea. But again needs some work. Would love to read it, if you rewrite it. Please feel free to write a review on my story Drift Away. I would like your opinion.


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Married at 20 for 15 years. That make the couple 35 years old. They have been going to the same restaurant for 22years. This mean they started at 13 years old! That does not compute!


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excellent book ending was so touching xoxox

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