The Hell Butterfly

The Novel

Does what it says on the proverbial tin. This is my novel.

As I have the vain wish of publishing it one day I probably won’t put everything here, however I’m having a moment of inspiration right now that makes me want to share everything I’ve ever done. I won’t. I’ll restrain myself. But I might put some teasers up and if anyone is interested I might add more here. Plus, the more interest I get, the more inspired I’ll be to actually finish the damn thing.

The original title of this book was a lyric taken from a My Chemical Romance song that I love. The original title was this: ‘And Like a Bed of Roses There’s a Dozen Reasons in This Gun’. Stupid title, I know. The imagery of the lyric is incredible. But it doesn’t work as a book title. Firstly, it’s plagiarism. Sorry My Chem, I stole your idea. Secondly, it’s WAY too long. No-one’s going to go “Hey, Jerry, have you read ‘And Like a Bed of Roses There’s a Dozen Reasons in This Gun’?” Just as no-one’s going to abbreviate it: “No, Frank, I haven’t read ALaBoRTaDRiTG yet.” The reason for this title was simply because when I first started this book, is was meant to be an online story only. It was never meant seriously. I originally posted it on Quizilla and the title seemed catchy. Now that I’m taking it seriously, however, it has been rendered useless. It just doesn’t work anymore.

I am yet to come up with an official title so I’ll go with ‘Bed of Roses’ until I can come up with one.

I am also yet to come up with  good way of summing up my book’s plot. It was meant to be a simple boy-meets-girl-and-they-fall-in-love-over-their-mutual-tragic-lives-and-live-happily-ever-after plot … and then death, pain, torture and another man come between them. In the 30 chapters (subject to change on re-evaluation) that I currently have, several plots wind themselves around each other, characters that I created for mere plot-development have wormed their ways into the lives of my protagonists and many minor events turned out to be far more significant than I ever planned.

I do have an ending. I know what will happen, who will be there, how I will get there and what exactly will be the end result. I just haven’t figured out how to piece it together yet. Only time, patience and determination will make that happen.



8 responses

  1. I sympathize with figuring out how to get to the ending. I know what happens to Molly Parker in my novel. It’s how to get to the point of no return that she gets herself into. I guess the fun part is figuring out how to mess people’s lives up. Drama I guess.

    November 26, 2013 at 8:19 pm

    • I agree – it is fun (probably too much so) to think up different ways to mess up their lives – but I tend to find I do it too much, and sometimes accidentally. For one character who began as just a bully and a nasty piece of work I’ve had to create a crazy background for him so that his ‘evil deeds’ have a root somewhere. I’m terribly mean to my characters in the first half – it does get better for them though. It just might take a while to get there.

      November 26, 2013 at 8:33 pm

      • It’s all a question of drama for me in terms of psychology in reading a book. Both my books start off slow and have little drama. I sometimes question that. But I also feel that characters need to build up to the drama, that there needs to be a calm before the storm. And then I seem to hit hard (maybe too hard?): suicide attempt and complete abandonment. But I kinda like crushing souls completely in terms of reading and creating drama that becomes believable. We learn more about ourselves at the extremes than we do in the middle.

        But this is just me rambling.

        November 26, 2013 at 8:45 pm

      • I thought maybe it was just me who thought that – I quite like breaking a character down (even if I take it to the extreme) to be able to build them back up again. What doesn’t kill them makes them stronger, right? I like your perspective on this. I was starting to wonder if my first few chapters were too slow or started in a weird place, but I see your point in letting the characters build up to the drama. I shall probably put my first chapter as it stands up here – I’m not sure how to change it, or even if I should.

        November 26, 2013 at 9:01 pm

      • Do it. I’ll read it and note it. I’ve done editing before, even though my grammar when writing is atrocious. I’ll give some perspective on the content at least. Be prepared, I’ve made people flush before when editing because it comes back all red. But then again, all rough drafts come back in red.

        November 26, 2013 at 9:10 pm

  2. If it’s in a word document I can do track changes. I love this sort of thing.

    November 26, 2013 at 9:12 pm

    • Really? I’d really appreciate that – thankyou! Do you know if there is a way of attaching Word documents on here? Or would it be better if I were to email a copy separately (I’m a technological nightmare)? I’ll probably put a copy up regardless as I’ve been meaning to add some chapters to this page for some time.

      November 26, 2013 at 9:23 pm

      • I have my email at that sends it to my inbox. Post and I’ll mark up the emailed copy so I don’t have to do this through comments.

        November 26, 2013 at 9:34 pm

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