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Name: Bridget
Message:I have an ending for it, but it's further along in the story. The story really starts when they're on the trip.
Dated:Fri Sep 9 15:16:25 2005  

Name: Cora Harrison
Message:Competition:

Best-written review of one of my new books 'A Life for a Life' or 'Doomed to Die'. Don't forget to put your name, age, and school and post it to the Story Club.

Prize: Any of my books.
Dated:Fri Sep 9 14:33:15 2005  

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Dated:Fri Sep 9 14:07:05 2005  

Name: Alannah & Edwina
Message:Hi Cora,
We're in school now enjoying it!!
Any competitions?
Dated:Fri Sep 9 14:06:52 2005  

Name: Cora Harrison
Message:Heather: I'm just putting your story on now. You are getting back into your stride, I think.

Ursula: I was reading through your story last night and I was thinking that the boys are not quite as good characters as the two girls. They seem a bit too good, if you know what I mean. Try listening in bit to boys' talk (not the bad language) and make them a bit moody on occasion - as teenagers are.
Dated:Fri Sep 9 10:33:57 2005  

Name: Cora Harrison
Message:Bridget: I think that last message was for you, from Ursula - I've done that sort of thing myself a couple of times!

Your question is a very interesting one. I think why you are feeling slightly dissatisfied with your story is that it lacks a focus. When I do story writing in schools I always advise starting with a main character and then giving that main character a fairly serious problem to solve - this may be a moral dilemma, it may be physical danger, or it may be an impossible situation. The working out of this problem is what gives focus to the story and makes the plot of the story. If you work like this then you are forced to have the end of the story in view while you are writing the beginning and the middle bits.
Dated:Fri Sep 9 10:30:15 2005  

Name: Bridget
Message:Hey we do our Junior certificate in the 3rd year of secondary school most people aged 14-16 when they do it. We also have exams at the end of every year but that one is a stae exam and is important for deciding what to do in the leaving certificate(The one before college) Thanks When is your Birthday mine is on Sunday the 11th.
Dated:Fri Sep 9 08:06:55 2005  

Name: Bridget
Message:Oops, I hit the 'Post Message' thing twice.
Dated:Thu Sep 8 22:06:18 2005  

Name: Bridg
Message:Hi Ursula:
When do you take your junior certs? In America we just have tests for every grade. And Happy Birthday!
Most of my family member's birthdays are in September, including mine.
Dated:Thu Sep 8 22:05:20 2005  

Name: Bridget
Message:Hi Ursula:
When do you take your junior certs? In America we just have tests for every grade. And Happy Birthaday!
Most of my family member's birthdays are in September, including mine.
Dated:Thu Sep 8 22:05:02 2005  

Name: Heather
Message:Hi Cora
I sent you a chapter of my story, you can add that on instead of the other one, which was just a prologue! Thanks!
Dated:Thu Sep 8 20:14:35 2005  

Name: Ursula
Message:Bridget: I'm going to start writing some now but likely to add a chunk in about two weeks hopefully but maybe longer as I have some important days coming up, my birthday and my junior cert results day.
Dated:Thu Sep 8 20:11:16 2005  

Name: Bridget
Message:Hi Ursula:
Do you know when more is coming on '2 Years of Mayhem'?
Hi Cora:
When I'm adding bits to 'The Marauders', I feel like I'm more telling what's happening than I'm showing it. Do you have any suggestions for making it better?
Dated:Thu Sep 8 18:48:43 2005  

Name: Ursula
Message:Bridget; Thanks very much, I'm really glad you liked it. Thanks for letting me know !
Dated:Thu Sep 8 07:58:34 2005  

Name: Cora Harrison
Message:Alannah, Bridget & Heather: Thanks for the stories. They are all on the Story Board now.
Dated:Wed Sep 7 20:20:32 2005  

Name: Heather
Message:Hi Cora
I sent you a short story called "Wish Upon A
Star". I hope you get it! It might be too short to put on the story board, I sent it to practice, so hope you like it!
Dated:Wed Sep 7 19:03:28 2005  

Name: Alannah
Message:Cora: Yeah, I was just about to put in the third chapter of my story that it was the time of the famine, but the famine hadn't effected their part of the country yet.
Dated:Wed Sep 7 15:09:17 2005  

Name: Bridget
Message:Hi Ursula:
I read the second part of '2 Years of Mayhem'. I loved it! You described it like it was real life, not just a story.
Dated:Wed Sep 7 01:21:04 2005  

Name: Brittany
Message:Bridget- thats interesting
Dated:Wed Sep 7 00:55:39 2005  

Name: Ursula
Message:Hi Cora
The story is progressing nicely and I actually have a plan for how some of the next few chapters should go and then hopefully it will be alright by the end.
Ya I actually am a huge fan of Claire Hennessy. I've read all her books and I actually remember seeing her on open house years ago after school, she was talking about dear diary and she was the same age as my sister at the time and I remember thinking how great it would be to be an author at that age and how lazy my sister is. That girl has 2 books written and my sister does nothing. Anyways thanks for looking at the story and yourr constant help, it's really appreciated and keeps me writing
Ursula
Dated:Tue Sep 6 20:08:36 2005  

Name: Heather
Message:Hi Cora
Actually, when I first wrote that story a long time ago, I wasn't planning on adding more, but I think I will, it'll help me get used to writing stories again!
Alannah: Thanks! I wasn't going to add more, but you and Cora have encouraged me, Thanks!
Dated:Tue Sep 6 20:08:42 2005  

Name: Cora Harrison
Message:Ursula: I think you are about half way through now - I think I made it to be about 16,000 words. That's great. I think the story is going very well and is the sort of thing that teenagers would like to read.

Alannah: Your story is going very well, also. Just try to sort out the historical period -look in a history book and then give me some idea of when you are writing about. It makes a great difference for clothes, kitchens, language etc.
Dated:Tue Sep 6 19:39:08 2005  

Name: Ursula
Message:Hi cora
I just submitted 2 year's of mayham again with lot's more added. I gave you the whole lot again as I have changed bits of dialogue on part one so I thought I'd give you all of it together. You can then delete the one on the story club and put this one on. Let me know what you think!
Dated:Tue Sep 6 17:11:43 2005  

Name: Alannah
Message:Heather: I love your new story 'Cold'. Please, please, please write more onto it.
Cora: Yeah, I suppose my new story is a historical novel. I'm trying to think of a title now.
Dated:Tue Sep 6 15:12:15 2005  

Name: Cora Harrison
Message:Heather: With the story you started, you could switch, in the next paragraph to an 'authorial voice' and tell what happened in the car crash and about the little girl.
Then you could start a new paragraph or chapter and deal with the person, or people who will find the child and rescue her. This is where forward planning comes in. You could perhaps have a group of travellers, or perhaps a woman whose four-year-old child died last year or perhaps a woman policeman just starting a new job and hating it. Make the people very real and don't let the reader have too many clues about the rest of the story.
Dated:Tue Sep 6 15:04:06 2005  

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