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Ryan's publications include a collection of comedy sketches by Meriwether Publishing, and various other skits for Brand X Comedy, a university performance troupe. He has a BS degree in Youth Leadership and is a member of SCBWI.

Story: An Uncommon Blue


Each week authors will be given a new question to answer which will lend additional insight into their story and writing process. Do you have a question you'd like to see the authors answer? Tweet it to @aNextAuthor!

What is the best writing advice you've ever heard?
Make sure in every scene you have goal, opposition, and change.
When you start a new story do you prepare an outline in advance or do you just jump right in?
Outline, baby. Even with one, I end up wandering all over the place.
How do you deal with writing criticism, apart from just ignoring it?
I cry. Okay, so I don't cry, but I definitely mope around the house for a while and think about crying.
America's Next Author has been running for almost 8 weeks. If you could re-submit now, would you change anything about your story?
Since this is the first week I've submitted my story, I'm kicking myself for not entering sooner.


Lisa Rose

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This is a very good story. Really inventive and I loved the idea of one boy, Luke, being able to change the world and it all started with one gesture of kindness. When Luke's parents protested, he not only didn't agree with them, he tried to 'help' as many people as possible in the time he had left. Luke didn't even worry about himself at all. The scene with the little girl in the alley is particuarly sweet. '"See that didn't hurt," Luke said. "In a few hours yours color will be evern prettier."' Although I knew what was going to happen it didn't detract from the story at all. I thought it was very good. If you have the time please read my story 'Drift Away' and leave a review to let me know if you liked it.

Alyce Wilson

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I enjoyed this concept of a society divided along Red, Blue and Green. Although I predicted the conclusion after learning what happened when he interacted with others, I didn't guess the final surprise. I was a bit thrown off by the beginning of the story, when he was trying to sneak upstairs, what he was planning to do. I interpreted the word "cast" to mean casting a spell! I think you'll enjoy my story, "Dating Safari," which also includes magic. Please read it and share your comments.

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December 18th, 2012
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