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Tracey Joseph

I began my writing journey during the summer of my eighteenth birthday. Around that time, I had no idea what I wanted to do career wise and wanted to give writing a shot. I ended up falling in love with it after writing 30,000 words of my very first novel. Since then, I've attempted to write many other novels. I hope to have a novel published someday.

Story: My Danny Boy


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What is the best writing advice you've ever heard?
The best writing advice I've ever heard was by Neil Gaiman, and he said start telling the stories that only you can tell because there'll always be better writers than you. I like to reread that quote from time to time.
When you start a new story do you prepare an outline in advance or do you just jump right in?
When I'm starting a new story I like to just jump right in. It's a lot more exciting that way.
How do you deal with writing criticism, apart from just ignoring it?
I find that after receiving writing criticism my natural response is to question everything that person said, but once I've gotten some distance I'll realize that what they're saying actually makes a lot of sense.
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 think I would make some minor tweaks, but nothing too extravagant.



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I like the way you write, clarity of expression and great use of words. Evidently, it's part of a larger piece as it had an open ending? There were some spellign errors: brazier, chocked. Some tense issues: "I should have ran' should be "I should have run'. I loved the simile of a woman being protective of her Chanel, but I think it would have been fresher if you hadn't mentioned her mom's Chanel some paragraphs before. Finally, if this is supposed to be historical, would she really be living with a man without being married?

Lisa Rose

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This is a very good story. It shows you that if someone seems too good to be true, they probably are. Dolly should have pressed more for an answer to her question about what type of salesman Danny was. There was only one sentence that I had issues with. You wrote: 'He asked me everything from what was my favorite movie, and if I could vacation anywhere in the world where would it be.' If you are going to use 'from' it has to be followed by 'to'. For example: He asked me everything from what is your favorite movie, to if you could vacation anywhere in the world, where would it be? Good story though. 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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