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Name: Conor
Message:Hi, Cora!
My Confirmation has been over for a while, and I got my first phone, yay!
Did you get time to read the newest part of my book yet?
Dated:Fri May 10 18:55:37 2013  

Name: Cora Harrison
Message:Good idea.
Haven't got the story yet - and probably won't look at it until late this afternoon.
Must get down to work now before my ideas fly away.
Dated:Fri May 10 08:55:17 2013  

Name: Conor
Message:Thanks! I just sent you a new part of my story... and I'm thinking of doing a prologue in the beginning of the story, to reference what happened in the last book, before Chapter 1. What do you think of that?
Dated:Fri May 10 08:35:33 2013  

Name: Cora Harrison
Message:That's an excellent idea - I like the informality of that.
Have a wonderful day.
I've just started work. I'm in the early stages of a new book called 'The Last Druid' and it seems to be flowing very well. I've done ten thousand words so far this week.
And when it is finished I shall have to see how my agent likes it - and be polite if he criticizes it!
Dated:Fri May 10 08:33:51 2013  

Name: Conor
Message:Yes, I understand... but third person, I felt like it wasn't making for a good enough association for each of the characters, and this book in particular needs first-person point of view for something that happens later on. I actually have my Confirmation today- I woke up early so I could write for an hour, then leave. Well, I could have something at the beginning of every chapter that says something like "Hey, Sťamus here."
Because this is meant to them telling the story after it happened.
Dated:Fri May 10 08:27:54 2013  

Name: Cora Harrison
Message:Conor: I think that you have to have an introduction into each character the first time that it is introduced into the story - weave it in, but it needs to be at the head of the chapter. (and each chapter should have a number - in words - beside it and a chapter title under it.) If you have to put the name of the P.O.V. character, then if should be on the third line and on the left, but I think that is clumsy. You're a good enough writer to weave it in.
Dated:Fri May 10 08:22:37 2013  

Name: Cora Harrison
Message:
Then, in subsequent chapters, make sure that someone address the P.O.V. character by name and very early on.
I'm not keen on multiple P.O.V.s - you are not good enough yet to have a distinctive 'voice' for each and it all sounds as though it's Conor.
And, of course, one of the reasons why a reader likes a book is an identification with the main character - that is one of the reasons why Harry Potter is so popular.
Dated:Fri May 10 08:22:02 2013  

Name: Conor
Message:What Latin? O.o
Also, I really don't know a way to get who's narrating across, unless I get rid of all Chapter names, and just replace them with narrator names...
The spells are a new way I'm trying to go with the series, I wasn't taking any inspiration from the Harry Potter books, I actually hate them...
Dated:Thu May 9 16:34:20 2013  

Name: Conor
Message:Once again, in the actual document I have the current narrators name in colour at the top.
It isn't exactly like a diary- it's more like they're speaking into a recorder, or telling someone the story.
This story is a little less action based that the last one, and more based on character development and such, appreciation for all their friends...
with a major plot twist at the end of course!
Dated:Mon May 6 18:39:21 2013  

Name: Cora Harrison
Message:Conor: It might work best to have something like Conor's notes, or Conor's work diary, or from Conor's I-Pad, or something that might seem as if it were part of the story. What do you think?

Not sure if I said this - and I'm too rushed today to look back, but I admire you hugely for starting straight into a new story instead of waiting around to see what happens about the one that you have finished. Not that many adults have that sort of courage and commitment.
Dated:Mon May 6 16:37:09 2013  

Name: Conor
Message:Yes, sorry about that, I do have the names beside the chapter on MW, but it copies over wrong to your story club, so it should say:
Chapter 2: Hades Liam
but on your story club it came out like
Chapter 2: Hades Liam
Sorry about that!
Dated:Mon May 6 16:17:56 2013  

Name: Conor
Message:Yes, that's what I did- the first chapter was from Conor's point of view, the second from Liam's, then the third will be Sťamus's and then back to Conor.
Dated:Tue Apr 30 16:05:58 2013  

Name: Cora Harrison
Message:I think that both work well for you, Conor. I would use whatever seems to be right for this particular story. There are drawbacks and advantages to both.

Generally I think that stories for kids seem to favour the first person, but I prefer to use a narrative centered on a character, rather than spoken by that character - but that's just me.

Another idea is to have alternative chapters written from the point of view of two different characters. I've done that in a book I've just finished, Debutantes:In Love where some of the chapters are from Daisy's point of view and others from Poppy's - and as they are two very different characters I think that it worked out well
Dated:Tue Apr 30 14:51:48 2013  

Name: Conor
Message:Hi, Cora, I was just wondering, do you like the perspective of this book better, as in first person view, or third person view in my other story?
Dated:Mon Apr 29 18:48:19 2013  

Name: Cora Harrison
Message:I think it's on the first of August, Bethan, but books are usually released early on Amazon - if that is where you do your book shopping.
Dated:Sun Apr 28 11:57:52 2013  

Name: Bethan
Message:Hi,

How long until the new Debutantes is released???

Thanks (:D)
Dated:Sun Apr 28 11:37:08 2013  

Name: Kylee
Message:I'm glad it went well! Thank you for telling me about it. :)
Dated:Wed Apr 24 13:02:31 2013  

Name: Conor
Message:Thank you very much!
Normally when I tell adults about my writing, they don't seem to take it seriously, so I appreciate the way you do...
Dated:Fri Apr 19 17:00:52 2013  

Name: Cora Harrison
Message:You are a very grown-up young man and I do wish you the best of luck.
Dated:Thu Apr 18 18:08:15 2013  

Name: Conor
Message:That may be why I avoided mentioning my age... :P
Yes, I do understand what you mean about not putting my writing on hold, and I certainly haven't.
I expect to get a negative response, honestly, so it won't bother me too much.
Dated:Thu Apr 18 17:43:56 2013  

Name: Cora Harrison
Message:Conor: I do think it's important that you don't put your writing on hold while you are awaiting a response from someone. It could take a year - and I've heard of longer!

Keep on writing - you've definitely got a gift and even if you get a negative response, hold on to your belief in yourself.

The problem is that very, very few people in the publishing world will take a chance on an eleven-year-old when adults are queuing up in their thousands (my agent told me that he rejected ten thousand books last year!). The only time that they might consider a young person would be if their 'voice' was unique and totally different to anything else that they are being offered (not just 'as good as')

Dated:Thu Apr 18 11:16:15 2013  

Name: Cora Harrison
Message:Kylee: Just back from the London Book Fair. Met my editor and they have promised to have a good think and a meeting about it.

Conor: I'm just like you - I hate people telling me what to write.
Dated:Wed Apr 17 18:48:19 2013  

Name: Conor
Message:Well, my first three chapters was only like, 15 pages, and it said in the Writers and Artists year book to send 50...
Also, writing about my life wouldn't be any good.
Fantasy-fiction is the genre I'm most comfortable with, so its the one I enjoy writing in.
Dated:Wed Apr 17 18:30:28 2013  

Name: Cora Harrison
Message:Don't print too much - an agent would only want to see three chapters.
Do be prepared for the fact that you may not hear anything for about six months.
In the meantime, you should get on with something else.
It may be of interest that the only kid I ever knew who was published wrote about life at secondary school and the characters were very real so she was obviously noting how people of her age thought, felt and expressed themselves - something which people like me can only guess at.
I was thinking of the huge popularity of 'Diary of a Wimpy Kid'...
Dated:Wed Apr 17 10:25:58 2013  

Name: Conor
Message:Hi, Cora! It's been such a long time! :O
I still have yet to send off my book, I haven't gotten around to printing off the first 50 pages...
Dated:Fri Apr 12 21:06:17 2013  

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