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I lived in Zimbabwe and moved to Botswan. I enjy reading, writing, singing, acting, golf, soccer (football), tennis, hockey and athletics.

Story: Till Death Do Us Part


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?
"Write what you know" , when you do this it's like self therapy for me because i go soul searching, and in what i know, I find who I am.
When you start a new story do you prepare an outline in advance or do you just jump right in?
I usually jump right in, because i want to feel like I am taking the same journey as the readers when they get to read it. It's exciting but the only difference is, i'm in control of this journey.
How do you deal with writing criticism, apart from just ignoring it?
I accept constructive criticism, I feel it's a good way to grow as a writer and help you challenge yourself to be better than what you already are.
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 love to say yes, but i feel as a writer you have to keep telling yourself that you wrote the first piece because that was your direction then and at the time it felt like the right one.


Lisa Rose

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Oaky, I understand that this actually does happen all the time. Girls starve themselves to be thin. Me, myself, I am who I am. I do not have to change anything about myself to please anyone else. Either you like me or you don't. I will change if I want to but not for anyone else. Society puts waaay to much pressure on people about their looks. I am who I am period. God made me and I know I'm worth something; 'cause God don't make no junk. Now that I got that off my chest; I really liked your story. It shows the lengths that some people will go to fit in. But there is always someone willing to push you out of the group so what difference does it really make to try to fit in? Just be yourself, if people like you, great! If not it is probably their loss. In some ways it is like this contest. Some people like our stories some don't. But that doesn't mean I am going to stop writing, so don't let the reviews bother you too much. In your text you used the word 'rein check'. It should be rain check. A couple of sentences were a little confusing but once I reread them I got what you were saying. It's Thanksgiving here and I want to let you know that I am thankful that you let me read your story. If you have the time please read mine and leave a review to let me know if you liked it. The title is 'Drift Away'. Good luck in the contest!

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