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Monthly Archives: June 2014

x Bleeding2It was 1629, Hertfordshire, UK when Joan Norkot had died in her bed with her babe in her arms and her throat slashed. On that tragic morning, when the family went to rouse Joan, they found her neck sliced open and a bloody knife protruding from the floorboards. It must have been suicide, they reasoned, since no one had entered the cottage that evening. It was small and they would have noticed. Beside, there was no sign of a struggle.

Crowded around the decomposing, recently exhumed corpse were Judge Harvey, the jury, two clergymen and several neighbors and friends of the deceased. Four family members were prodded to go forward and touch the dead woman. It was considered legally binding evidence if a corpse reacted to the touch of its killer and wounds would bleed anew.

An eyewitness account states that as three of the four murder suspects touched the body its face turned to a ‘lively and fresh color’ while one of its eyes opened and shut again. At the same time her ring finger ‘thrust out …and pulled in, again’. Blood dripped onto the grass below. This happened three times then the body resumed its lifeless state.

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The Grave Truth – To have a plot you need to dig up some dirt.

  grave dig female2 We have all been betrayed by something or someone. At least we think we have – close enough. Then that betrayal is buried … or forgotten about … covered over by time and other troubles. Dirty deeds lie all around us, drifting up dark corners, lurking inside a locked drawer and hidden behind hollow eyes and false intentions … just waiting to be revealed.

Capture your readers’ attention by digging up dirt that gets under your nails, coats your hair and clogs your skin. Sift through rumours and search the debris for those gold nuggets of murderous motivation that will make your story unforgettable.

Grab your tools, roll up your shirt sleeves and start shovelling some dirt around. This is where your plot begins. You need something to write about.