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Sylvia Stone

Hello! I am a writer living in Cornwall, UK. I am currently working on a time travel adventure for young adults. I have a long-suffering husband and an agoraphobic greyhound. I keep bees and love to grow things.

Story: Professor Perry's Final Project


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What is the best writing advice you've ever heard?
The secret of writing is in the rewriting. With hard work and persistence the most unpromising first draft can be transformed into something special.
When you start a new story do you prepare an outline in advance or do you just jump right in?
I always prepare an outline in advance. I couldn't bear to get to the end without knowing what happens!
How do you deal with writing criticism, apart from just ignoring it?
I think about fruit. Some people like bananas, others prefer pears. Lots of people don't like fruit at all! We don't all like the same things. Constructive feedback is the best way to improve, even if it's not what you want to hear.
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 never know when to finish a story. I'm one of those people who could keep polishing it for ever. So yes, I'd probably change lots of little things, but nothing major.


Rog Patterson

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Gentle but arresting - akin, perhaps, to Ray Bradbury - with a beautiful ending.


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Brilliant read.

Jade Stepping

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I really enjoyed this story. A subject I am very intrigued by.


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a very good read


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There is absolutely no reason for this story to be in last place. It's a lovely read about a dying academic culture.

Alyce Wilson

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This was an engaging read, and I enjoyed the twist. The opening was a little long: lots of dialogue that could have been condensed. It would be good to get a touch more of Giles' personality out earlier, so that his action is more believable. I love the final few paragraphs, though I did wish that the professor's theory could finally be proven. I hope you'll enjoy my story, "Dating Safari," which also looks at the paranormal.

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