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Magdalene Thorne

Hello there! I would like to start off by saying that this is my very first real contest, hence I am very nervous! But I wanted to see how well I write. I don't have too high expectations of myself, but I genuinely believe in what I do. I want to truly bring people into the worlds I create, make them feel like they are actually there. That's my dream. Silly, but that's the truth. And I am happy with that. Also, for those of you who have questions about my story, just let me tell you, that if there was no word limit to the submissions, I would have written even more and explained more. But alas, I could not.

Story: The Spark


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What is the best writing advice you've ever heard?
The best advice I was given was to just be myself, to write what I feel. I can be as thorough in detail and research as I can, but if I don't "feel" the words, then readers won't either.
When you start a new story do you prepare an outline in advance or do you just jump right in?
I pretty much jump into it. As much as I would to do an outline, have everything organized, that's just not my style. I usually write a rough draft then I go back and add or take from it as I read.
How do you deal with writing criticism, apart from just ignoring it?
I always tell myself the person who gave it to me is trying to help me improve, as I would be were I reviewing another's work. Sometimes I don't deal well with it, but I always listen to it for my own good.
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 go back to correct some errors here and there, but overall, I am happy with what I submitted. The only thing I would change would be the word limit because there is still so much I want to do with the story.



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The story was well-written, and the action was believable and gripping. I especially loved the possiblities for more at the end. Like others have said, it would do really well as a much longer piece; there is so much to flesh it out. Apart from some of the speeling errors, tenses, and punctuation which can be easily edited, I thought it was fantastic. Well done! If you can please read my story, Double Take, and let me know what you think.

Addai Agyemang

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Great story. I really liked the mystery in the beginning about why Ophelia was in the situation she was in. The first paragraph really grabbed my attention and so did the story throughout. I was thoroughly interested in Mrs. Black's past and what she had planned on telling Ophelia. Aside from some grammatical errors the only other thing I might add is to introduce Abel earlier on in the story. His appearance seemed very random to me. Other than that I can defiantly see this as a book:) Oh and this is also my first writing competition as well :) If you have time please read my story "The Freedom of the Stars" and tell me what you think. Thanks!

Lisa Rose

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Hey, it's my first contest too. The first thing is to not let the reviews ruin your day. Take what you can use and forget the rest. That being said. I really liked your story. The opening paragraph is great, it really held my attention. I did notice a few misspellings and where it seemed like words were missing. When you write a story you should always put it away for awhile and then read it again. The mistakes will pop out at you. Ophelia said she never called the woman grandmother, only Mrs. Black. You slipped up a couple of times and did call her grandmother. Also watch your tenses. You wrote: ... he said as he pulled out the dagger and throw it across the room. Throw should be threw. There is one thing that I wish... I wish your story were longer so that we could have learned the secrets of Ophelia and Mrs. Black. But your writing is very good. Keep writing no matter what anyone tells you. Practice makes perfect! 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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