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Story: Vultures Prosper and the Good Steal


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What is the best writing advice you've ever heard?
Feel it intensely and pour what moves you about it onto the page. If she is beautiful it is inadequate to just say she is beautiful. Tell your reader she trapped you in an admiring stare that you couldn't turn away from.
When you start a new story do you prepare an outline in advance or do you just jump right in?
I spatter an outline onto the paper and then I refine it until it shines.
How do you deal with writing criticism, apart from just ignoring it?
I hate it. Then I take a deep breathe and ask myself what made my critic say that.
America's Next Author has been running for almost 8 weeks. If you could re-submit now, would you change anything about your story?
A few small tweaks. I have another one that has the potential of winning the prize to.


Alyce Wilson

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I like the idea of setting up his back-story through having the main character look at a series of photos. That sort of description is lacking from the rest of the piece, however, which is heavy with dialogue and light on description. I find that it helps me to remember that the reader can't see everything the way I see it in my head, and on the second draft I go back and add a lot of the descriptive detail I might have missed the first time around. Hope that helps! Please take a moment to read my story, "Dating Safari," and leave me your comments.

Lisa Rose

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There were quite a few vultures in this story and I'm not just talking about the birds. Good read. If you have the time, please read my story, 'Drift Away' and leave a review to let me know if you liked it.

Frances Bell

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With each sentence as a paragraph, I found this very hard to read. The idea was good but poorly executed (no pun intended) and if paragraphed properly it would be easier to judge pace and construction. This also needs a good edit for exposition and spelling ('to' should be 'too' etc).

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