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  • helen brain : author & creative writing teacher
    the urge to do more and more research to delay the moment But having it all broken up into chunks on a board in front of me is a huge help My fella Ted is working on the plot There are no comments for this article Click here to read full blog entry and to add to a comment of your own Ready to Write MML Competition 3 19 March 12 So it s been a week of planning and thinking The plot is very complicated and I m telling the story from four different angles so it has to be meticulously worked out I ve set it out on a white board using different colour paper for each strand of the story Yesterday There are no comments for this article Click here to read full blog entry and to add to a comment of your own Developing characters 16 March 12 So I have my hero and his two friends and I m thinking about the subsidiary characters The plot has to evolve through the conflicts between the characters I believe First you get the characters then the plot develops as they bump up against each other and react and overreact under There are no comments for this article Click here to read full blog entry and to add to a comment of your own Writing for the MML Competition 15 March 12 It s been four years since I wrote anything other than a short story Once Luke got sick my creative energy got less and less and after he d died and my whole life turned upside down I couldn t really write at all In July it will be three years that he s There are no comments for this article Click here to read full

    Original URL path: http://helenbrain.co.za/blog.php?d=201203 (2016-04-24)
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    article Click here to read full blog entry and to add to a comment of your own writing 05 February 12 It s been almost four years since Luke got sick and four years that my writing schedule went right off track But at last it s back I m writing my thousand words a day and trying to stop whinging about how hard it is I m also planning a grand sale to get There are no comments for this article Click here to read full blog entry and to add to a comment of your own ARCHIVE January 16 June 15 May 15 March 15 January 15 December 14 November 14 September 14 August 14 June 14 May 14 April 14 March 14 January 14 December 13 November 13 October 13 September 13 July 13 June 13 May 13 April 13 March 13 February 13 January 13 December 12 November 12 October 12 September 12 August 12 July 12 May 12 April 12 March 12 February 12 January 12 December 11 November 11 October 11 September 11 August 11 July 11 June 11 May 11 April 11 March 11 February 11 January 11 December 10 November 10 October

    Original URL path: http://helenbrain.co.za/blog.php?d=201202 (2016-04-24)
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    for a schools anthology and I was inspired by watching Celebrity Apprentice It s a bit mad but it makes me laugh Once upon a time there lived a king with two beautiful daughters When the eldest Princess Ninja Rose reached the age of marriage princes There are no comments for this article Click here to read full blog entry and to add to a comment of your own Beryl and the Dragon 14 January 12 I found this poem in my cupboard today I wrote it years ago when I was teaching at St George s Grammar and one of my jobs was to write a play for St George s Day This poem was recited by the Grade 5 class and we did a shadow puppet There are 4 comments for this article Click here to read full blog entry and to add to a comment of your own Mosaic walls 04 January 12 Last week I bribed some teenagers and paid a tiler to mosaic my stoep wall I d been working on the bench for a while and it was much more painstaking work as it was made with individual tesserae which have to be placed one by one I started it in There are 6 comments for this article Click here to read full blog entry and to add to a comment of your own ARCHIVE January 16 June 15 May 15 March 15 January 15 December 14 November 14 September 14 August 14 June 14 May 14 April 14 March 14 January 14 December 13 November 13 October 13 September 13 July 13 June 13 May 13 April 13 March 13 February 13 January 13 December 12 November 12 October 12 September 12 August 12 July 12 May 12 April 12 March 12 February

    Original URL path: http://helenbrain.co.za/blog.php?d=201201 (2016-04-24)
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    article Click here to read full blog entry and to add to a comment of your own being tardy 13 December 11 Oh the complaints I ve had about my tardiness at writing my blog I ve been very busy organising my love life which has suddenly come roaring round the corner like a drag racing Ferrari or perhaps more like a Ford Escort It s very disconcerting to have a boyfriend after a 28 There are 5 comments for this article Click here to read full blog entry and to add to a comment of your own ARCHIVE January 16 June 15 May 15 March 15 January 15 December 14 November 14 September 14 August 14 June 14 May 14 April 14 March 14 January 14 December 13 November 13 October 13 September 13 July 13 June 13 May 13 April 13 March 13 February 13 January 13 December 12 November 12 October 12 September 12 August 12 July 12 May 12 April 12 March 12 February 12 January 12 December 11 November 11 October 11 September 11 August 11 July 11 June 11 May 11 April 11 March 11 February 11 January 11 December 10 November 10 October

    Original URL path: http://helenbrain.co.za/blog.php?d=201112 (2016-04-24)
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    Click here to read full blog entry and to add to a comment of your own A Ring of Tales 09 November 11 My mother sent me a box of books from my childhood and I had no idea what to expect when I went to pick it up at the post office today Inside I found a treasure a 1958 anthology of short stories and poems published by Oxford University Press There are no comments for this article Click here to read full blog entry and to add to a comment of your own ARCHIVE January 16 June 15 May 15 March 15 January 15 December 14 November 14 September 14 August 14 June 14 May 14 April 14 March 14 January 14 December 13 November 13 October 13 September 13 July 13 June 13 May 13 April 13 March 13 February 13 January 13 December 12 November 12 October 12 September 12 August 12 July 12 May 12 April 12 March 12 February 12 January 12 December 11 November 11 October 11 September 11 August 11 July 11 June 11 May 11 April 11 March 11 February 11 January 11 December 10 November 10 October 10 September 10

    Original URL path: http://helenbrain.co.za/blog.php?d=201111 (2016-04-24)
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    wears glasses It took me ten days of solid thinking about it to come up with a solution I ended up with a princess who is cursed with shortsightedness as a baby by There are 4 comments for this article Click here to read full blog entry and to add to a comment of your own being happy 08 October 11 I m busy extending my stoep so we can eat out there in summer I ve used the same builder who has worked for us since we moved into the house 13 years ago He reminded me this week about how when Luke was sick we were having some painting done and There are 1 comments for this article Click here to read full blog entry and to add to a comment of your own ARCHIVE January 16 June 15 May 15 March 15 January 15 December 14 November 14 September 14 August 14 June 14 May 14 April 14 March 14 January 14 December 13 November 13 October 13 September 13 July 13 June 13 May 13 April 13 March 13 February 13 January 13 December 12 November 12 October 12 September 12 August 12 July 12 May

    Original URL path: http://helenbrain.co.za/blog.php?d=201110 (2016-04-24)
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    Original URL path: http://helenbrain.co.za/blog.php?d=201109 (2016-04-24)
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