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Name: sarah
Message:do u visit schools anymore
Dated:Fri Aug 7 17:25:11 2009  

Name: Cora Harrison
Message:Laoise: I think that you probably don't plan your story before you start. I know it's tempting to dive straight in when you get a brilliant idea, but just take a little bit of of time to invent a good ending for the story and then you will have no trouble as you will be steering towards that ending right through the story - putting in a few diversions on the way, of course!
Dated:Fri Aug 7 14:30:18 2009  

Name: Laoise
Message:hi cora
im going into 5th class and i was wondering if you had tips on writing stories. i always start off with great ideas then in the middle i go away from the point!PLEASE HELP!!!!
Dated:Thu Aug 6 20:18:27 2009  

Name: Cora Harrison
Message:Aoibheann: Don't worry - this is the time of year for swimming (or do you surf at Lahinch?) and having fun on the beach with friends. You can take up your story again when autumn comes.

Sarah: What sort of stories do you like reading? Animal stories or adventure stories - or stories about school life?
Dated:Thu Aug 6 15:32:06 2009  

Name: sarah
Message:i want to write a story but i don't know what it should be about
Dated:Wed Aug 5 19:13:56 2009  

Name: Aoibheann
Message:Sorry Cora have been really busy and have spent the last few days in Lahinch with my friends. Will get cracking on my story straight away.
Dated:Wed Aug 5 12:13:59 2009  

Name: Lexi H.
Message:Thanks Cora, I havent read northern lights, I will definetly read it. I am looking forward to your new series!
Dated:Mon Aug 3 14:46:24 2009  

Name: Cora Harrison
Message:Lexi: Have you read Phillip Pullman's 'Nothern Lights'? I think you might enjoy that. I'm not the best person to ask as I might be out-of-date with children's writers. Why don't you ask your local libararian.
Next March I am having a new murder series for boys of your age - the London Murder Series. I hope you will enjoy this when it comes.
Dated:Sun Aug 2 17:32:42 2009  

Name: Lexi H.
Message:Hey Cora,
Im Lexi, I am looking for some books to read. I am 11 years old. i have read all of your books.
Can you recommend any?
Thank you!
Dated:Sat Aug 1 21:46:11 2009  

Name: Cora Harrison
Message:Krisitne: Sorry the message board isn't working for you - but anyway, that message was probably too long to have fitted.
That's really fascinatiing.
That took O'Brien a really long time to turn you down. I bet they seriously considered it.
What about having a go with the present story?
I do think that Cecil has to come to life in the reader's mind a bit earlier, though.
Nothing too obvious - don't give the game away - but he has to be a character.
I read some Eva Ibbotson(?) and you are much better!
And very much better than the vampire lady!
Dated:Sat Jul 18 19:52:37 2009  

Name: Cora Harrison
Message:Kristine: Sorry your story has only just gone on. I haven't been able to access my website, myself this week - perhaps because I have just got broadband.
Dated:Sat Jul 18 17:13:31 2009  

Name: Cora Harrison
Message:Aoibheann: I'm not sure that it is necessary to put the chapters together - a chapter can be quite short - it is dictated by a switch of subject matter or a change in tone, rather than a set length.
What you do need to do, I think, is to find a better beginning. That seems such a childish question about dividing sweets - rather like something you would ask an infant, that I don't think it fits with the rest of the story- especially as the girl is supposed to be a 'nerd'.

How old is she supposed to be?
Dated:Sun Jul 5 11:18:47 2009  

Name: Aoibheann
Message:I've decided to turn the 1st and 2nd chapter into the first and the 3rd and 4th into the 2nd.
they are pretty small. i might add on a few bits so i'll send you the improvents with the 5th chapter
Dated:Sat Jul 4 14:32:51 2009  

Name: Cora Harrison
Message:Aoibheann: I liked the story, Aoibheann. Very lively and with an intriguing end to the chapter.
Dated:Fri Jul 3 16:27:07 2009  

Name: Aoibheann
Message:Cora: Sorry about the delay for chapter 4. its only 318 words this time. sorry but i have been busy.
Dated:Thu Jul 2 23:19:15 2009  

Name: Cora Harrison
Message:Annajane: What a lovely surprise. I remember you very well indeed, and your mum - and your dog - Runcie, wasn't he called? You were a lovely little girl - very pretty and I am sure you are a very elegant young lady now. What are you doing with yourself?
Dated:Wed Jun 24 21:10:13 2009  

Name: Cora Harrison
Message:Alish: A book the length of one of the Drumshee timeline series usually takes me about a fortnight to write - but that is after all of the research and planning has taken place.
Katie: Thanks for your birthday wishes - how did you know it was my birthday?
Dated:Wed Jun 24 21:07:35 2009  

Name: ailish
Message:hi cora how are you? Im good i was just wondering how long does it take you too right a book lets just say "millenium @ drumshee?
Dated:Tue Jun 16 19:52:25 2009  

Name: Katie
Message:hi Cora sorryi was on so long what is going on with the hole in ur back garden i hope everything is going well oh and HAPPY BIRTHDAY

Your Sincearly

Katie
Dated:Fri Jun 12 23:16:39 2009  

Name: Annajane Thorpe
Message:Hi Cora

Someone told me you were now writing books! You were my Headmistress at St Michaels Primary School a long time ago.....and wonderful you were!

Annajane
Dated:Fri Jun 12 10:29:49 2009  

Name: Cora Harrison
Message:MESSAGE FOR EVERYONE:
I shall be away until about the end of June.
Hope we all have nice weather!
Dated:Sun Jun 7 16:22:11 2009  

Name: Cora Harrison
Message:I'm very sorry to hear that, Aoibheann. I hope you will soon feel better - still it would be worse if you got them during the holidays, wouldn't it!
Dated:Fri Jun 5 16:26:17 2009  

Name: Aoibheann
Message:Cora: Hi Cora, sorry i haven't been posting in but i was sick and thought i had swolen glands and have been taken medicine and tablets but i went to the doctors today and found out i had the mumps and this is my week off and that i have to stay away from other children and i can't go anywhere and i might have to take next week off if i'm not better.
my face is swolen up.
Dated:Wed Jun 3 14:24:44 2009  

Name: Cora Harrison
Message:Danielle: the best way to write an actual story is to think of a main character - girl, boy, or even animal - then give that main character a problem to be solved or a goal to be achieved. After this, think out a good ending and then make a start on your story.

Rachel: Yes, I remember coming to your school. Which book do you like best?

Sarah Patton: I love the Highlands of Scotland and I love the islands, also. We went there a few years ago about this time of the year and had a great time.
Dated:Fri May 29 09:51:50 2009  

Name: sarah patton
Message:yeh, it's a great way of learning history, writing this from scotland i am visiting my aunty.
Dated:Fri May 29 08:08:31 2009  

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