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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
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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 13. I’ve stopped using Scrivner. I’ve decided it’s not that impressive so I’m just sticking to what I know.

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

  • Jena grows more dependent on Jeff as her nightmares, headaches, dizzy spells and blackouts continue
  • Jena feels obligated to Jeff and goes to bed with him
  • Jeff is furious when Jena reveals he was a mercy fuck and she loves Greg

 

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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 12. I’ve stopped using Scrivner. I’ve decided it’s not that impressive so I’m just sticking to what I know.

This section will deal with three main events split across sixchapters:

  • The bodies of Greg’s teenage children are found in the woods
  • Greg and his ex-wife are distraught and blame Jena for their loss, believing the murders were a direct result of him becoming intimate with Jena
  • Jena goes to the funeral of Greg’s daughters only to have a run in with his ex-wife

Things are moving rapidly along and are about to get a whole lot darker.

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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 11. I’ve stopped using Scrivner. I’ve decided it’s not that impressive so I’m just sticking to what I know.

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

  • Greg comes to Jena’s rescue when she has a dizzy turn when they’re alone and they end up in bed
  • Jena and Greg’s love-making is watched by a shadowy figure, filled with rage
  • Greg’s teenage daughters are abducted from outside their school
  • Greg misses the frantic calls from his daughter’s school and ex-wife because he’s making love to Jena

Things are moving rapidly along and are about to get a whole lot darker.

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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 10. I used Scrivner to write my notes. However, as my fee trial will stop a couple of weeks before I can buy a license I kept a copy in One Note.

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

  1. Jena is released from the clinic and goes to live with Jeff because she’s afraid to be alone
  2. Jena is in a wheelchair as a result of the damage caused in the car accident
  3. Jena suffers from nightmares, headaches, dizzy spells and blackouts

Things are moving rapidly along and are about to get a whole lot darker.

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Into The Darkest Places, Planning CHAPTER PLAN

I continued planning 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 9. I used Scrivner to write my notes. However, as my fee trial will stop a couple of weeks before I can buy a license I kept a copy in One Note.

This section will deal with two main events split across four chapters:

  1. Jena falls for Greg but is afraid of her feelings and reluctant to day anything
  2. The police believe Bobby is the killer when forensic evidence ties him to the crimes

Things are moving rapidly along and are about to get a whole lot darker.

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Into The Darkest Places, Planning CHAPTER PLAN

I continued planning 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 8. I used Scrivner to write my notes. However, as my fee trial will stop a couple of weeks before I can buy a license I kept a copy in One Note.

Notes:

  • Ronnie’s body is found dumped in the woods with the word DRUNK carved into her
  • The body of Ronnie’s lover Dan is found in the garage of the home they shared

Chapter Plan:

  • Jena is having a therapy session with Greg. She’s acting really calm considering recent events. Greg is worried because she seems a little too calm. He watches Jena gradually go to pieces. She tells him that her father sexually abused her since she was a young child until she turned 18. The abuse would have continued if she hadn’t almost stabbed him with a corkscrew and threatened to kill him if he looked at her the wrong way again. She tells him her father also abused Sarah and she was pregnant with his child when she went missing. Greg senses her opening up and asks her if she knows why the killer would carve the word incest into Owen’s flesh. Jena becomes distraught. She tells him they had a sexual relationship. It started when she was 18. Owen was always nice to her. He knew or sensed what their father was doing and tried to come between them. He instigated the start of their sexual relationship. Over the years, when he got married and became a father he tried to end things. She knew what strings to pull to manipulate him. He lets her weep and get it all off her chest. She’s never told anyone about this and it feels like a huge weight has been lifted. Greg finds himself drawn to her
  • Owen, Saffron and Jake’s funerals take place. It’s a sombre event. Their house is filled with neighbors and friends offering condolences. Jena leaves the clinic to attend the funeral. Greg and Jeff accompany her. Things are tense between the three of them. Jeff and Greg bicker about who is going to push Jena’s wheelchair. Jena is furious and embarrassed by their behaviour. She chooses Greg to push her wheelchair. Jeff is clearly furious and trying hard not to show it. He’s jealous of how close Jena and Greg are becoming. Many of their neighbours have turned up because they see the funeral as a freak show and are curious about the family in light of recent events and the fact the word INCEST was carved into Owen’s flesh. They are buried in the same plot as Helena. Jena becomes distraught. Greg wheels are away. Greg watches them laughing and flirting and is jealous
  • Ronnie and her lover Dan have taken a few days off work so they can spend some quality time together. They are having sex in the bedroom they share. They like to experiment and have fun. Ronnie is dressed like a naughty school-girl. Dan calls her a bad girl and spanks her with a can as he’s fucking her. The doorbell rings downstairs. They ignore it at first and keep on having sex. The ringing becomes insistent. They stop having sex and Dan goes downstairs to see who it is. He opens the door. There’s a man standing on the doorstep wearing a mask. Before Dan has time to react, the man forces his way into the house. He holds a knife at Dan’s throat and forces him to go back upstairs to Ronnie
  • Ronnie starts to ask what’s wrong and then she sees the strange man with a knife. She starts screaming and runs for the door, trying to get past the man. The man chastises her, grabs her and throws her backwards, against the wall. She hits the deck, whimpering in pain. The man tells Ronnie she disgusts him. She’s a terrible mother and should be rotting six feet under like her husband. The man knows an alarming amount of information about the family. He knows Franklyn sexually abused Jena and Sarah. He tells Ronnie he believes she knew about this and that her excessive drinking over the years has been an attempt to block the truth out. Ronnie denies this at first but confesses when the man threatens Dan with a knife. She admits she suspected Franklyn was abusing their daughter. She was afraid and didn’t know what to do and started drinking to block it out. She feels completely responsible for Sarah’s murder and Jena’s mental health problems. Ronnie weeps and begs forgiveness. Dan stares at her, his face twisted in horror
  • The man thanks Ronnie for her honesty and tells her they’re going on a little trip. He leaves Dan behind, tied up and immovable. He forces Ronnie to leave the house and get into the van parked in the driveway. They live in a remote area so there’s nobody else around to see them. The man ties her up in the back of the van and locks her in them gets in the front and drives off. Ronnie is sobbing. The man threatens to slit her throat unless she stops whining. The man drives them deep into the woods, past where Helena and Owen’s bodies were found. Ronnie keeps asking him where he’s taking her. He just grins at her. He’s removed his mask. They reach the deepest area of the woods and her forces her to get out of the van. She’s sobbing and begging him to let her go. He forces her to strip and uses a knife to carve the words DRUNKEN WHORE into her body. She’s in a lot of pain. He pours petrol on her and sets her alight, laughing as she stumbles about shrieking in pain. She tries to run but doesn’t get very far before the flames engulf her
  • Back at the house he shares with Ronnie, Dan is trying unsuccessfully to get free. He rolls about the floor, shouting for help and frustration as he’s unable to loosen his bounds. The door is thrown open and he knows the man has returned. The smell smells of ash and fire. Dan demands to know where Ronnie is. He makes empty threats of what he’ll do to the man if he’s harmed a hair on her head. The man tell him Ronnie has joined her ex-husband in hell. He believes this was a fitting punishment for her sins. The man has a baseball bat embedded with barbed wire. He threatens Dan with it who begs for mercy. The man says there’s no such thing as mercy and proceeds to batter Dan to death. Dan tries to crawl away to no avail. He drags Dan’s body out to the garage and dumps him
  • A group of young men leave a local pub. It’s dark and after midnight. They’ve been drinking all night and are a bit tipsy and in high spirits. The men chat outside the pub for a few minutes, joking and laughing. They share a joint. The man make plans to see each other the next day and head their separate ways. One of them, barely 19 decides to take a shortcut through the woods. He can pop up to see his girlfriend for a couple of hours. He’s in a good mood, whistling and humming as he walks through the woods. He stops dead and looks around him. He’s sure he can smell burning. He can’t see anything, thinks he was imaging it and keeps walking. The smell comes again, stronger. He follows the smell. He finds a charred body lying on the ground. He calls the police
  • The charred body in the woods hasn’t been identified. The story is all over the news, asking people to come forward if they have any information. The forensics team use DNA evidence and are able to ID the body as Ronnie Rose. They can see the words DRUNKEN WHORE carved into her flesh beneath all the burns. The police go to the home she shares with her partner Dan to tell him the bad news. They ring the doorbell for a several minutes but nobody answers. They are about to leave when they notice a trail of blood leaking out from the under the garage door. They lift the garage door and finds Dan’s battered body. There’s a shocking amount of blood. The garage is filled with flies. They call the station to report what’s happened

 

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Into The Darkest Places, Planning CHAPTER PLAN

I continued planning 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 7. I used Scrivner to write my notes. However, as my fee trial will stop a couple of weeks before I can buy a license I kept a copy in One Note.

Notes:

  • Owen’s body is found in the woods with the word INCEST carved into him
  • Saffron’s body and the body of her son Jake are found dumped in a local river

Chapter Plan:

  • Franklyn’s funeral takes place. Ronnie is the only one who attends along with her partner, Dan. Ronnie only goes because she can’t bear the thought of nobody attending a funeral and because she feels some sense of loyalty to her ex-husband. She doesn’t cry. She watches Franklyn being lowered into the ground and is cold and impassive. She watches his grave for a while. Tears finally fall. She is crying, not because he’s dead but because of what he did and the pain he caused her family. She will never get over the fact he sexually abused two of their daughter’s. Dan comforts her. It’s starting to get dark when they leave. Someone steps out of the shadows. It’s Jena. She goes over to her father’s grave. She’s crying so hard she can’t see. She spits on his headstone. She tells his grave she’s glad he’s dead and hopes hell is hot enough for him
  • Owen, who is a surgeon at a local hospital goes to his son’s school to pick up his wife and child. There’s not there. Owen is concerned because she would have waited for him. She’d have no reason to leave and no means to get home. He goes into the school to speak to the head mistress. The head mistress says someone in a black van picked them up. They seemed to know the person because they got in willingly. They didn’t seem distressed or upset so the school thought nothing of it. Owen remembers news reports of the recent murders mentioning a black van. He runs to his car and drives home at a dangerous speed. There’s a black van parked in his drive. He goes inside his house. His wife and child are being held in the living room by someone wearing a mask
  • The man seems to know a lot of personal information about Owen and his family. He tells Owen that he knows all about his incestuous relationship with Jena. Saffron had no idea anything was going on. She horrified and disgusted. Owen confesses, sobbing and begging for forgiveness. The man forces Owen to admit his relationship with Jena has been sexual for many years, long before he met and married Saffron. They’ve been lovers since she was a teenager and tried to kill herself for the first time. Saffron is disgusted. She tells Owen she’d never have married him if she’d known. Owen confesses to having sex with her the day of Helena’s funeral. Owen tries to comfort his distraught wife but she tells him not to touch her. The man drags Owen screaming from the room
  • The man forces Owen into the back of the van parked outside, handcuffing and gagging him. He goes back into the house and forces Saffron and her son into the back of the van as well. They’re still conscious. Saffron is sobbing and pleading with the man. She begs for the life of her and her child. She tells him she’ll never tell anyone what she’s seen. The man touches her face and tells her it’s too late. Saffron realises they are going to die. She becomes distraught, cradling her son against her. The man drives them to a cabin in the woods and parks the van. He drags a sobbing Saffron and her son inside the cabin, tying them up against the wall. He slaps Owen until he comes round and forces him into the cabin as well. The man seems to be in high spirits and tells them they’re going to have fun
  • The man tells Saffron to cover her son’s eyes because no child should watch what he’s about to do to Owen. He beats and tortures Owen, berating him for his sexual relationship with Jena. He tells Owen he’s no better than his father who sexually abused Jena. In a way, what he did was worse. Owen begs for forgiveness. The man refuses, saying some actions have consequences and forgiveness isn’t always deserved. The man tells Owen that he along with his father is responsible for the mental health problems that have plagued Jena much of her life. Owen demands to know who the man is and why he knows so much. The man takes his mask off, revealing his identity. Owen knows him but the man slits his throat before he can say anything. He uses a knife to carve the word INCEST into his forehead
  • Saffron is sobbing and screaming, holding her son tight against her. She begs the man to let them go and promises they will never speak of what’s happened. The man says he can’t leave any witnesses. Saffron tries to reassure him that nobody will ever know. The man tells her she must take a part of the blame as well. She must have suspected something wasn’t quite right in her husband’s relationship with Jena. Saffron denies it. The man doesn’t believe she was that naive of blind. Saffron runs for the door with her son. The man grabs her, smashes her face into the door frame and slits her throat. Jake starts screaming, crying for his mother. The man smothers him with a pillow. The man rolls the bodies up in plastic sheeting and dumps them into the van
  • Later on the same day, a team of workers from the local council are clearing a fly-tipping site on the outskirts of the wood. The weather is warm and sunny and everyone is hot and uncomfortable. One of the workers, the youngest, a boy no older than eighteen manages to pull a pile of debris on top of himself. He starts screaming. There is a body in the debris, Owen’s body. The foreman calls the police. The police arrive. The foreman is pissed off when the police tell them they need to vacate the area and stop clearing the rubbish until further notice. The police know the man is Owen because they’ve spoken to him before. They secure the area and wait for forensics to arrive. When the forensics team arrive they go to see Ronnie
  • Ronnie feels dread when she opens the front door and sees the police again. They start to tell her another body has been found in the woods. She starts sobbing, covering her ears and telling them she doesn’t want to know, she can’t know or it will kill her. The police tells her they think the body is Owen but they need her to ID him. Ronnie becomes hysterical. She’s alone in the house because Dan is at work so there’s no one to comfort her or calm her down. The police stare awkwardly at her until she calms down. They drive her to the morgue. She confirms the body is Owen and asks where his wife and son are. The police send a team back into the woods. Ronnie is dropped off at the house by the police. Dan has come home. He comforts her when she tells him Owen’s body has been found in the woods
  • Jena is relaxing in bed at the clinic after an intense session of physiotherapy when Ronnie and Dan come to visit her. She call tell from her mother’s white face and blood-shot eyes that something terrible has happened. Ronnie tells her a body was found in the woods and she confirmed it’s Owen. Jena becomes hysterical and grief-stricken. Ronnie tells her the word INCEST was carved into his forehead and asks her daughter if she knows why. Jena is distraught. She denies knowing anything but Ronnie isn’t convinced. Jena confesses, begging her mother for forgiveness. Ronnie comforts her while she sobs in her arms
  • Ronnie and Dan stay with Jena for most of the day. She becomes so upset she needs to be sedated. The police call her late. They confirm two bodies of a woman and a small child were recovered from a river close to where Owen’s body was found. The bodies have been confirmed as Owen’s wife Saffron and his son Jake. Ronnie breaks down in Dan’s arms. While they wait for Jena to wake they watch the news. The discovery of the three bodies is all over the news. The police believe the family have been targeted by a serial killer
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Into The Darkest Places, Planning CHAPTER PLAN

I continued planning 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 6. I used Scrivner to write my notes. However, as my fee trial will stop a couple of weeks before I can buy a license I kept a copy in One Note.

Notes:

  • Jena has operations to help her broken body mend
  • Jena is taken to Helena’s funeral by her psychiatrist Greg and best friend Jeff
  • Jena sneaks off with her brother Owen at the funeral and they have sex

Chapter Plan:

  • Jena has a check up at the hospital to see how her broken and damaged body has started to heal. She suffered extensive injuries in the crash including broken ribs, both of her legs were broken, spinal damage which means she will likely never walk again. A scan reveals that her broken legs have started to heal. However, the bones have fused together incorrectly and will take a lot longer to heal. She has surgery in which her legs are re-broken and put in a plaster cast so they heal correctly. She’s still in a lot of pain and they increase her dose of morphine. She has her first of many physiotherapy sessions
  • Ronnie comes to visit Jena at the clinic. She tells her that the police have released Helena’s body. They have completed their investigation. They have no suspects for the murders of Franklyn, Helena or Libby. They believe it was the same killer. They have obtained DNA from the bodies but they do not match police records so the person has no criminal record. Ronnie tells her when Helena’s funeral will be held. Ronnie tells her that her accident and recovery is still in all the papers. The most popular belief is that she tried to kill herself. Jena is adamant this isn’t true even though she has a history of failed suicide attempts. Jena becomes distraught and quite upset and Ronnie comforts her. After her mother leaves she has a therapy session with Greg and reveals the complicated history of her relationship with Helena
  • During a physiotherapy session, Jena tells Greg she wants to attend Helena’s funeral. Greg is against the idea at first. She’s still very weak and the funeral might be too much for her. Jena is very upset. She wants to say goodbye to her twin sister. Greg and Jena reach a compromise – she can attend the funeral if he goes with her just in case the funeral is too much for her. Jena agrees. Her best friend Jeff visits her. She gets him to agree to going to the funeral with her and Greg
  • The day of Helena’s funeral arrives. Jeff comes to the clinic. Greg has agreed to drive them both. Both Greg and Jeff fuss over Jena, vying for attention and determined to take care of her. Jeff is jealous when he sees that Jena and Greg are getting close. Jena is still in her wheelchair. Greg and Jeff argue about who will left her from her chair and put her in the car. They argue about who will fold her wheelchair down and put it in the boot of the jeep. Greg says as her doctor and the expert he should have the final say. The three of them attend the funeral. Jena is dressed from head to foot in black. Jena feels uncomfortable because people are staring at her and whispering
  • Greg and Jeff get into a disagreement at the funeral. Jena doesn’t know why they are arguing but is embarrassed. People are staring at them. She pulls them both up for behaving like children. She tells them she needs to go outside to get some fresh air. She wheels her chair out of the church and goes around to the back of the building. She’s crying and very upset. Her older brother Owen comes outside. He saw how upset she was and wanted to make sure she was okay. She tells him she misses him. He tells her his wife is pregnant again and he can’t get away as much. They kiss. They end of having sex inside a storage shed at the back of the church. She sobs into his arms after. Her promises to come and visit her at the clinic