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Trevor Ogden

My name's Trevor, I'm 21 years old and I've lived in Vermont my whole life. I figured out how to fly when I was four, but unfortunately I couldn't figure out how to land and the result was a broken foot. I guess that's the danger in giving a kid Superman pajamas.

Story: Swipe


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What is the best writing advice you've ever heard?
Write every day. Great advice. I should probably start following it.
When you start a new story do you prepare an outline in advance or do you just jump right in?
I jump right in and let the plot take off on its own. It's much easier when you let the story do all the work.
How do you deal with writing criticism, apart from just ignoring it?
I generally welcome criticism because most of it is pretty helpful and my writing gets better as a result. That being said, sometimes people are wrong or just opinionated, so if I don't agree with a particular criticism, I'll stick with what I have.
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'm pretty happy with it, so I think I'd keep it the same. It's not perfect, but rather than go back and rewrite the same stories, I like to write new ones and track my growth by comparing my newer stories to older ones.



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I have shivers running up and down my spine! This... you may not fully understand it - but this is already happening today on a different scale. The government is ALREADY trying to tell us what we can and can't eat because of big agribusiness. I suspect you already know this... It is my deepest hope that this future never happens...

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Rating starRating starRating starRating starRating star Honestly, if things got bad enough, I could totally see this kind of thing happening. It being set in America was probably my biggest shock. Really surprised by this story!

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