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I'm a 25 year old writer from Calgary, Canada! I love to read, write, drink tea, and snuggle my dogs. My favourite writer is Libba Bray.

Story: Slim


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What is the best writing advice you've ever heard?
Just write.
When you start a new story do you prepare an outline in advance or do you just jump right in?
Loosely outline, then wing it from there.
How do you deal with writing criticism, apart from just ignoring it?
Drink wine and eat chocolate.


Addai Agyemang

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I love how you managed to successively incorporated the Slenderman meme into a short story. It was very creepy and sinister. Overall I liked your writing and the details you sprinkled throughout your story but what I would suggest would be not starting so many sentences with "I". A majority of your story started with the word "I" and Willow describing what she was doing point to point. After awhile began to be a little tedious. I would also use that same suggestion in regard to your sentences. Alot of them were really short, which added to the eerie and tense mood of you story, but there were times when I felt they were over used. Overall, I really enjoyed reading your story. It was thrilling. The last thing I might suggest however is starting the story at a camp fire with the children crowding around and beginning Willow's tell that way. Overall I thought your story was great! If you have the time could you please read my story "The freedom of the stars" and tell me what you think? Thanks :)

Ann Mason

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I loved this story, especially the twist ending :). The writing is wonderful--clear, lucid and sharp. The pacing is spot-on, and the narrative really pulls you into the story. A great job from an author to watch!

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