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Couplet FIRST DRAFT

Free stock photo of beach, holiday, vacation, armI finished the first draft of a new story called Couplet that I’ve been writing for over a month.

The story is based on a poem with the same title I wrote years ago. I decided the piece didn’t work as a poem and had the potential to be something much bigger so am using it as the springboard for a short story.

Couplet is about a woman who’s in a long-term relationship and feels very happy. She reflects on her life when she was single, comparing it to her life now. Her view of her life as a singleton is rather cynical.

The story uses a first-person narrator.

The story is split into sections, alternating between the present and the past.

Last month I’d written five sections of the story. However, the only version I could find had just two sections. I’ve lost another three sections I’d written. I’ve got no idea where this draft has gone. I’ve been backing up my files to my Google Drive and a USB stick. I must have taken an older version of the story and saved it over every file at my different save locations. I could have wept. I had to write most of the story again and then write the final section.

Losing work happens rarely but probably more than it should.

At least I only lost three pages of a short story. I once lost an entire 110,000 word draft of a novel which I hadn’t printed out or back up anywhere.

In the final section, the narrator comes home after a long, hard day at work to find her lover has run her a bath. Her lover helps her into the bath and starts to wash her back, touching the places that ache the most.

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FINAL EDIT: Debut Crime Novel

Brown Tree in the ForestI continued the final edit of my debut crime novel.

The novel is written in the third person with multiple character viewpoints. This isn’t always clear. I decided to make the heading of each chapter the character and date so the timeline is easier to follow (i.e. Ronnie, 2 May 2014).

There are also some minor cuts and tweaks.

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FINAL EDIT: Debut Crime Novel

Brown Tree in the ForestI started the final edit of my debut crime novel.

I thought I was done with this over a year ago and started sending it out to agents and publishers.

It’s been rejected a couple of times.

I didn’t get any specific feedback but decided to have another look at it. I discovered there are a few changes to make.

The first chapter is too weak to open with so I’ve cut it completely.

The novel is written in the third person with multiple character viewpoints. This isn’t always clear. I decided to make the heading of each chapter the character and date so the timeline is easier to follow (i.e. Ronnie, 2 May 2014).

There are also some minor cuts and tweaks.

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Into The Darkest Places, Planning CHAPTER PLAN

I continued pre-writing my new novel, Into The Darkest Places.

I continued the final stage, writing the chapter plan.

The novel will be split into sections. The sections are numbered. I may decide on a title at a later date.

I wrote the chapter plan for section 15.

This section focus on one major event across four chapters:

  • Jena has a flashback of what really happened during her ‘car accident’

Things are getting very dark and twisted.

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Into The Darkest Places, Planning CHAPTER PLAN

I finished pre-writing my new novel, Into The Darkest Places.

I finished the final stage, writing the chapter plan.

The novel will be split into sections. The sections are numbered. I may decide on a title at a later date.

I wrote the chapter plan for section 15.

This section will deal with three main events split across five chapters:

  • Jena is having breakfast one morning when a masked man enters the house, knocks her out and takes her to the woods
  • Jena is held prisoner at a cabin in the woods and raped and tortured by a madman wearing a mask
  • The man removes his mask, revealing himself to be Jeff, her best friend and someone she’s known since she was a  child

I wrote the chapter plan for section 16:

This section deals with 5 events across five chapters.

  • Jeff, clearly deranged confesses to killing Sarah a year before for being a cock tease
  • Jeff confesses to being the cause of her ‘car accident’ and setting the whole thing up to get her out of the way while he took out her family
  • Jeff confesses to drugging her since she came to live with him to make her vulnerable and easy to control
  • Jeff tells her she needs to die for choosing Greg over him
  • Jeff violently attacks her, stabbing her several times but is shot in the back of the head by Greg

I wrote the chapter plan for section 17:

This section deals with 3 events across four chapters.

  • Greg calls an ambulance and reveals he found a secret room in Jeff’s house full of mementos of the recent murders
  • The police discover Bobby’s body buried in the foundations of the cabin and discover Jeff kept him alive for a long as possible, planting his DNA at the crimes scenes
  • The police discover evidence confirming Jeff killed Sara and was the serial killer known locally as The Butcher

I wrote the chapter plan for the final section 18:

This section deals with 4 events across four chapters.

  • Jena and Greg go Bobby and Jeff’s funeral
  • Jena tells Greg she’s sold her parent’s house and is planning on moving away, she needs a fresh start and there’s a lot she needs to get clear in her head
  • Jena tells Greg she loves him but given recent events she can’t be with him
  • Jena packs up her stuff and leaves town