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Name: Cora Harrison
Message:Good idea. The next time that you write a story you should probably think of writing the ending first, keep it to one side and then work on the story - try it - just for fun.
Dated:Fri Aug 22 14:39:14 2008  

Name: aoibheann
Message:i am going to finish the bully's favourite before i start a new story, that way will be easier
Dated:Fri Aug 22 14:08:38 2008  

Name: Kristine
Message:Cora: I'm working on the next chapter now, but I found something I thought I'd send in. I don't usually write poetry, but I wrote one poem when I was in sixth class, it came second in some competition thing, so I found it today and thought I'd send it in
Dated:Sun Aug 17 20:00:38 2008  

Name: Cora Harrison
Message:Kristine: Yes, I think that Louise is a bit too good to be true for someone of her age, but don't worry about it. You can always go back and edit these bits. I find that I have to do a chapter or two usually before I can get the right tone for someone.
By the way, a little tip...when you do make someone say something out of character, it's a good idea to signal to the reader that this is intended by, perhaps, making the main character mentally comment on it. Something like: 'she sounds more normal, now,' thought Scarlett, suppressing a grin
Dated:Fri Aug 15 15:31:35 2008  

Name: Kristine
Message:Cora: Yes, I know it was a little out of character for Louise...but I realised that I'd been making her kind of a Mary-Jane character, I decided I'd have to start slipping in things that will make her slightly more young - she's not exactly a teenager yet, but she's not an adult, either. I'd been writing her too adult and I think it was a mistake now.
Dated:Fri Aug 15 15:17:48 2008  

Name: Kristine
Message:Cora: Yes, I wondered about that myself and did some research on it. Single men are allowed to adopt, but they're placed under scrutiny about their private lives, living arrangements, motives, friends etc. They can be fully suitable to parent and still be turned down, but it is possible. I guess you could say that social services are more suspicious about single men adopting, more so than married men. But there are several reasons for Cecil's wanting to adopt, which will be revealed in the story. I also thought about the reasons why he would be allowed to adopt - the character is a really well-respected man, with an untarnished reputation, and also the fact that the housekeeper, Mrs Rowley, lives on the grounds with her husband and her son.
Dated:Thu Aug 14 23:06:25 2008  

Name: Cora Harrison
Message:aoibheann: Don't worry - just enjoy your summer.

Kristine: the delay worked out quite well for me as I have had my little grandson here for the last few weeks and things have been very busy. I'm glad to have a quiet moment to read through your story. So far, I like it very much and think it is more 'you' than the first chapter. I'm looking forward to the school bit as there you can have a great advantage over any adult writeras you know exactly how teenage girls behave and what they say etc. This is the sort of thing that gets teenagers on the publishing ladder - though personally I love 'The Apprentice's Right'.
Dated:Thu Aug 14 09:19:18 2008  

Name: Kristine
Message:Cora: So much for later today! Sorry about the delay when you were expecting the chapter. It was a really difficult one to write for some reason! Anyway, I've just sent it in.
Dated:Thu Aug 14 00:35:37 2008  

Name: aoibheann
Message:sorry cora i'm very busy, i won't be on as much but i still try to write my story
Dated:Fri Aug 1 18:09:37 2008  

Name: Cora Harrison
Message:Kristine:

OK - you're the author!

I'm looking forward to Chapter Three.
Dated:Fri Aug 1 15:56:02 2008  

Name: Kristine
Message:Cora: I think I'd prefer to try re-writing chapter one than to leave it out altogether. I suppose it feels to me like I'm jumping into the story too quickly by starting with chapter two - I really don't want to water down the fact that Scarlett really has had a hard time of it in the past.

I'm almost finished Chapter Three. I'll send that in later today, hopefully.
Dated:Thu Jul 31 15:56:45 2008  

Name: Cora Harrison
Message:Aoibheann: I still think it is a good idea to plan your ending first. If you look back over the Story Club you will see how many stories of yours never got finished - all, I think?
Sadbh: Nice to hear from you again.
Kristine: You misunderstand me. It's not that I didn't want to put it on - it's just that I thought chapter two was better. Chapter one seemed a bit derivative, a bit 'Jacqueline Wilson'. I thought you settled into the story better in chapter two. However, I have put it on now so you can see what you think.
Niamh: That's a good idea, as long as it doesn't become too like Harry Potter. I'll have a think.
Dated:Wed Jul 30 15:40:27 2008  

Name: Niamh W
Message:What about a fantasy for a new story in the story club? Maybe have an opening in a dark alley and a mysterious conversation?
I'm nearly finished the next chapter of A Flash Of Life, it shoud be ready by this wednesday.
Dated:Mon Jul 28 20:47:07 2008  

Name: Kristine
Message:Cora: I understand if you want to leave out chapter one because of the content, that's totally fine
Dated:Mon Jul 28 19:33:56 2008  

Name: Cora Harrison
Message:I'll get back to everyone in a couple of days - just very, very busy now.

Kristine: I've only had time for a quick glance, but I feel chapter 2 might make a better opening.
Dated:Mon Jul 28 17:44:48 2008  

Name: sadhbh
Message:I used to write you but my computer broke but now I have a new one and didn't know my friend aoibheann wrote to you
Dated:Mon Jul 28 07:55:25 2008  

Name: Kristine
Message:Cora: Oh! And, I forgot to mention, the first chapter has some heavy teenage themes in it. It's necessary for the plotline but the rest of the chapters won't be like that. It's just the first one.
Dated:Mon Jul 28 00:48:36 2008  

Name: aoibheann
Message:sorry cora i can't think of a ending right now, cause normally after mabye a couple of chapters a ending springs into my mind but i can't think of one right now but i will do the ending soon
Dated:Sun Jul 20 16:54:45 2008  

Name: Cora Harrison
Message:Aoibheann: I think the best thing for you to do would be to send me the ending of your new story (if you have it planned). Make sure that you send at least ten lines so that I can see how it is going to work out. Don't worry, I won't put it onto the Story Club Board until the time has come for an ending, but I'd like to have some assurance of the story being ended this time. You've started so many and then abandoned them.
Dated:Sun Jul 20 16:29:39 2008  

Name: aoibheann
Message:cora,i'm think i'm going to start a new story, one that i will stick to, if thats alright
Dated:Sat Jul 19 22:33:21 2008  

Name: Cora Harrison
Message:There have been quite a few entries, but the only one who actually finished the story was Niamh, so I have chosen her ending - a very good one, I thought.
Any ideas for a new story?
Dated:Sat Jul 19 16:54:34 2008  

Name: Cora Harrison
Message:Aoibheann & Gina: Thanks for your entries for The Storyline. Unfortunately I saw both at the same time and they don't really follow on for each other.
I think, in any case, that it is best if I say now that the story must be finished so I will only put on a good ending to it - otherwise it will go on for ever with new twists and turns.
Dated:Thu Jul 17 14:02:04 2008  

Name: Niamh W
Message:Yeah, I think so too. It has been on for a while and it's time for a new one. Maybe a fantasy?
Dated:Wed Jul 16 20:30:23 2008  

Name: Cora Harrison
Message:Niamh: I loved the new bit of your story - well done!

Many thanks, also, for your addition to the Storyline. This has moved the story on very well. It really is ready for its ending, now, don't you think?
Dated:Wed Jul 16 10:22:41 2008  

Name: Niamh W
Message:It's just my computer, that's why it doesn't work. I'm using a diffrent one though now. I just sent in the next part of A Flash of Life. It's just a small chapter. I hope you like it!
Dated:Tue Jul 15 18:04:42 2008  

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