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Pauline Mac

I’m a middle aged woman (good lord, can’t believe I’m using that term to describe myself!), who took up writing fan fiction about three years ago. In the course of that time I’ve made some wonderful friends from all around our wonderful world, and have learned a great deal about the beast that is story telling. Recently I began writing original fiction, however, this is my first foray into writing competitions with an original story.

Story: One Day We’ll Fly


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What is the best writing advice you've ever heard?
Just write. It doesn't have to make sense at the beginning, that's what editing is for.
When you start a new story do you prepare an outline in advance or do you just jump right in?
It depends. Sometimes I'll start writing what I see in my mind then, if needed, I'll do an outline. I have a lot of outlines!
How do you deal with writing criticism, apart from just ignoring it?
No, I don't ignore it. Positive and negative feedback is always good. It's how I learn. Luckily, I haven't really been the recipient of scathing criticism. But when I do I reply in a straight forward manner.
America's Next Author has been running for almost 8 weeks. If you could re-submit now, would you change anything about your story?
Actually, yes I would. I believe there is room for improvement, and I wanted to make the story a bit more darker.


Andrew M

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Really nice story about a lasting friendship. I liked the way you showed how their friendship helped to get them through various stages of their lives. I also liked the little touches of humor. I think you did a good job of getting a lot of detail into a story with a word limit.


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Well Done Mate, that was a terrific read..Loved the characters.. Keep up the good work... Look forward to the next story...

Lisa Rose

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I think your story is great. Johnny and Charlie were always there for each other when it counted. It would be wonderful to have a friend like that. 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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totaly loved it.


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This was a sweet story of enduring friendship which is always a good subject. I liked that you opened the story with an action scene. That's always a good choice. I'm sighing a bit though as almost your entire story was told instead of shown. When a story is written this way it's difficult to connect with the characters and feel any deep seeded emotion about what's happening to them and around. It's like... instead of being in the foxhole with Johnny and Charlie, you're sitting in the comfort of your living room, in a recliner, watching a narrator on PBS telling you their story while still pictures flash by. It's not the true reading experience. I would work on your technique.


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Such a heart warming story. It really reads such true emotions of two best friends thrown into such an impossible situation. Very well done.


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A well rounded story in which the main characters have been developed well, given the word limit. Well done and keep at it!


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Very interesting and exciting. Top story!


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Well told!


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This is an amazing tale of two young boys, forging a friendship that will become a mainstay in their lives. The author gives us an insightful glimpse of how such a bond can form, with joy shared and pain overcome can build through them, taking one an even greater improtance as they mature. Forward into their lives, a seamless story brings us from youthful dreams to adult realities, looking deep into the hearts of these two men in a life threatening danger zone. The juxtoposition from on time to another is well done, and we get to see those young boys again, within the heart and minds of the men. Lovely story!

Ensign Edwards

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A solid, well-told story full of earnest emotion.

Michael Curtin

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I found the pathos central to the story. It was a feeling that was well founded in the reader's mind by the author. The story represented this pathos clearly, which made it a simple, but therefore, powerful experience to read.


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I enjoyed the read, it was gripping


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I loved this story great mate ship good story line


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It holds my interest. It reminds me of books that I read as a teenager. They were full of adventure and left to the reader the task of filling in the blanks to offer a plausable explanation. If such books are still being read, then the author has the correct formula. For a more mature audience, and larger than a short story, the author needs more detail.


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Beautiful story about the enduring bond of two friends and the depth of their "brotherly" love for one another. . . from boyhood through adulthood. Nicely done.


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Terrific story of two boys facing difficult challenges as they become men.

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