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Leoni Carlson

I'm a young woman living in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, Canada. Extremely sentimental, I love putting to paper the emotions of my over dramatized life, and so writing has become my self expression.

Story: When Yesterday Came Knocking


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What is the best writing advice you've ever heard?
To write about your own experience.
When you start a new story do you prepare an outline in advance or do you just jump right in?
I create a vague outline in my mind, and when I feel I'm ready I attack my computer keys and keep writing until I have my first draft finished. After a day or two, I revisit and start my painful editing process.
How do you deal with writing criticism, apart from just ignoring it?
I take a moment to let it sink in, and then I read over my work again and see if the criticism is valid. I've learned to distance myself from my work so that any criticism I get I can take into consideration with an open mind.
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 definitely make some changes. Every time I revisit a piece of writing I've done in the past, I usually end up tweaking here and there.



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amazing, as always, my dear =) i think this is the best of your works i've ever had the pleasure of reading. you have my support!

Lisa Rose

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What a beautiful story about healing the hurts of the past. Your writing is exceptional and very descriptive. I could see the two, Yesterday and present, sitting at the table, drinking tea and discussing the pain of the past. The part I liked best? She was looking at her baby brother for the first time. His head was covered with the darkest hair. She watched his breathing in silent wonder, and trailed her small hand over his tiny head. This gift somehow hers to cherish; and protect. Where he would fall; she would be there to catch him. He would be her closest friend; she would dedicate that to him. What little he knew of love in store for him from the little girl. This reminds me of the relationship I have with my sister. Beautiful imagery. Great story. 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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This insightful poignant story was a delight to read. Thank you Leoni for posting and sharing your thoughts on paper. I recommend each and every one of us to look into and deal with any unsolved past, that is still haunting us, with new eyes and lessons will be learnt to forgive and to understand why these things do happen.

Black Queen B

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This was amazing. The words pretty much jumped off the page at me. I felt a sense of, understanding as well. Keep up the good work Leoni. Yesterday was here.


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This is the best I have read. Far better than my own story and I will give it my vote.


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Poignant with a poetic and artistic flow to it. Would love to read more works like this. Beautifully written!

N. T. Saint

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Deep, thought provoking, a well written picture of the inner struggle between ourselves and the past we choose to forget. I would read this again. Well done.


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Flowing, well written, thought provoking.


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I loved this story. With the use of words, feelings of time long past are invoked. Memories and secrets that are personal, that shape us even without our consent. Keep writing, and we will keep reading. They are beautiful words


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good job

Fellow Poet

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This is characteristically poetic of Leoni Carlson. She will go on to write beautiful things. Best of luck! :)


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fantasic job. another beautifuly written peice! congratuations :) i'm so proud of you, and your writting abilities! best of luck :p


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A very touching read by a true author. Those that are born with a sense of the word, will understand in both a written and emotional sense where this read comes from. A job well done. It reminds me of the works of Walt Whitman, although it is not organic poetry it reads and senses like it. If there is any constructive criticism to be had with it, it needs to be longer, and needs a tad more realism. At the same token, it has a mysticism I absolutely adore. Best regards, Mad Scientist Lyricist.


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its very good

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