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Books have always been my personal sanctuary and writers my idols. When you write, no matter what the subject matter, you expose tiny bits of your own psyche. I applaud everyone in this contest for having the courage to do that.

Story: The Holes


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What is the best writing advice you've ever heard?
Always write about what you know. My writing is a combination of events and characters from my own life, combined with the fanciful, sometimes frightening contents of my dreams.
When you start a new story do you prepare an outline in advance or do you just jump right in?
Sometimes I feel that the stories themselves are in control. It's as if they are floating around inside me demanding to be let out. Once I begin I have no time for the structure and blueprints that others find useful.
How do you deal with writing criticism, apart from just ignoring it?
Any acknowledgement is good. I’ll take criticism over apathy any day. You must try and learn from it and take heed of any constructive remarks while remaining true to your story and your own unique style of writing.
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 if I had included a brief narrative at the beginning, readers may have better understood the underlying message. It's about how we inadvertently destroy our children's sense of well being by using guilt to control them.



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I agree that it's not quite science fiction. Apart from the mention of the holes in the ground, there was no reference to science in any way. That said, I loved the MC, I could totally connect with her concerns and emotions and love/hate her parents right along with her. There were some punctuation errors, though, and confusion where quotation marks closed where they should have been left open to continue what the character was saying. There was also a sentence that was left unfinished. Could do with a bit more editing.

Lisa Rose

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I liked the point of view. You did a good job writing from a little girl's perspective. 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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Great story. I liked the surprise ending.


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Good Short Story


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A great story that depicts a little girl's relationship with God & her family members and how these interactions influence her perspective of the apocalypse. Kudos!


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Well, that "surprise" ending came out of nowhere and was completely jarring. It's almost as if the author didn't have the courage or the time to stay with the story she'd started writing and decided to turn what she had into a Sci Fi free for all.


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A fresh and unique take on the apocalypse.

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