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Writer of short stories and novels. Have two books finished and hope to publish next year.

Story: The Promise


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What is the best writing advice you've ever heard?
If you have an idea, write it down straightaway.
When you start a new story do you prepare an outline in advance or do you just jump right in?
I just jump right in.


Alyce Wilson

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I love happy endings, especially when they make absolute sense from the story. Lovely. When I was teaching Freshman English in college, I had a few students who were very talented writers but had trouble with sentence structure. I recommended they read "The Transitive Vampire" by Karen Elizabeth Gordon, which is a great guide to grammar rules and uses fun examples, too. I hope you get a chance to read my story, "Dating Safari," and let me know what you think.

Lisa Rose

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This has the makings of a great story. You need to work on punctuation and story structure. It is confusing in some spots. In the beginning Tom is the policeman and at the end he is the one who had the dream (shouldn't that be Paul)? If you have the time, please read my story, 'Drift Away' and leave a review to let me know if you liked it.


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A fairly good story but definitely needs checking of punctuation. Also need proof reading. There is some confusion. I think the roles of Tom and Paul get mixed up. Tom is clearly the policeman at the beginning but at the end he is Stella's lover!

Dont Be Upset

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Campfire story told by someone who drank too much.


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Good story. Needs editing.

Book lover

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Let me just get my few complaints out of the way... 1. PUNCTUATION! It was bad. A lot of sentences didn't have anything at the end...totally fixable. 2. Grammar and punctuation. Yes, the punctuation is bad enough and note worthy enough to mention a second time. That being said. The ending gave me chills. Literally. I got goosebumps and I almost teared up. Very well written short story! Awesome really! If this had been edited, it would have been my first five star review. Awesome, awesome, short story.

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