Finally finished (the 5th draft of) Entwined, the contemporary romance I've been working on for about 18 months now. Hoping this will be the last big push, because if not, it's getting put away for a long time. Maybe forever! This latest version is 12,000 words shorter than earlier ones and has one less sub-plot and one less minor character. When I think back about where this story started, it's been through so many changes! You definitely learn as a writer every time you tackle a new story, and some are definitely easier to write than others.
Anyway, one of the conventions I kept throughout every draft of this book was the idea of poetry - the poems are central to the story and to some of the characters' identities. Wrote the last one last night and thought I'd share it with you. I'm pretty happy with the way it turned out :)
It is you, finally, that I have
Found to make me strong, to make me whole, and on
This night even the stars sing down and make me want
To draw my life with you in a thousand different colors. It is now,
I find, I cannot live in this world alone. My existence means nothing if I
Cannot share it with you. You are the other part of me, the part I lost when the sun
First rose, when the universe shattered and separated all souls. I have spent a lifetime
Searching for the one who completes me. No more. You are here, we are one, my love – entwined .