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I am originally from Port Arthur, Texas. I joined the Army when I was seventeen. I worked for many years in protective services (Police, Fire Corrections). I am currently retired and finally writing again.

Story: The Ride into Town.


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What is the best writing advice you've ever heard?
Don't quit and don't ever let others change the story once it has come through you as an artist, I don't mean minor changes in syntax, I mean the heart of the tale that you are telling.
When you start a new story do you prepare an outline in advance or do you just jump right in?
I just start writing, you can do an outline later. When inspiration strikes you, you must treat it as though it is the last match in the box during a blackout. You must find and light the lantern before the fire goes out.
How do you deal with writing criticism, apart from just ignoring it?
It is always bad to ignore criticism from any direction, but you must take it with a grain of salt. You should look at the areas of concern for you critics, but I do not alter a story at its core to accommodate them.
America's Next Author has been running for almost 8 weeks. If you could re-submit now, would you change anything about your story?
Yes, because "The Ride into Town" was initially written as a serial play, over a number of weeks. I mistakenly submitted the serial version and did not notice the mistake until it was to late.



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Wow. What a ride..pun intended. I was right there with you in the back seat listening to Marvin Gaye. You put a whole new frighting spin on being at the wrong place at the wrong time. Hell, those Brothers were scarier than a cross burning. Great job! If you get a chance, check out my story, "A Fall from Intention." I promise it will surprise and make your blood pressure rise.


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thank you for the support your story was very good

Lisa Rose

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Oksy, this is a good story, but... you keep repeating the last sentence of a paragraph at the beginning of another, it is very distracting and not necessary. Also, when writing dialogue, if the speaker changes, you start a new paragraph, always. There were some spelling mistakes which you could probably avoid if you were to put your story aside for a few weeks after finishing it and the pull it out later. I always find mistakes when I do that. If you would like to read my story, 'Drift Away' please do so. Leave a review and let me know what you think.

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