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Miranda Leerholm wants to be
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Miranda Leerholm

Miranda has a passion to write, not only writing stories but to share Christ with the broken and lost. She currently lives in Canada and enjoys the time to be with family. If she's not writing, you can find her spending time with God and reading a good book.

Story: The Decision


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What is the best writing advice you've ever heard?
Write what you love and your likes. It can come in handy for others.
When you start a new story do you prepare an outline in advance or do you just jump right in?
When I start a short story I jump right in, but if it is a novel idea, I outline it. I keep notes so I don't loose the idea. I believe God the Creator has given me these ideas to encourage others and to give them a hope.
How do you deal with writing criticism, apart from just ignoring it?
I would like criticism so I can be a better writer. I want to know what I can do to improve.
America's Next Author has been running for almost 8 weeks. If you could re-submit now, would you change anything about your story?
Enter it sooner, but that's okay. Whoever is number 1, good job!


Lisa Rose

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This is a beautiful coming of age story that tells of the developing love between two friends. The only advice I have for you is to proof read. Put your story aside for a week or so and then read it again. Any mistakes will pop out at you. Or if you have someone that you trust, give it to them to read. Someone who is not so familiar with the story may find things that you missed. If you have the time please read my story 'Drift Away' and leave a review to let me know if you liked it.

Luke Swanson

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Good story with much, much potential. I was on the edge of my seat wondering what Megan's choice would finally be. Keep honing your talents.

Susan Gale Wickes

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This is a sweet story of youth, innocence and the difficulty of making life-changing decisions. I enjoyed it. I believe you put a lot of thought into the creation of this story. And, though it's not directly related to your story, I am also impressed with how you like to spend your spare time. Good job!

Lori Paris

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I have no idea how old you are but you have a bright future ahead of you! Keep going! It took me 44 years to get out there like this so you are unstoppable!! Keep going!

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