Spoil the Rod – The Process

Spoil the Rod is story number forty-two in the #52ShortStories challenge.

**SPOILERS BELOW. If you have not read the story and want to be (hopefully) surprised, come back to this when you’re done.**

This title came from something that caught my ear when I was listening to a podcast. I was driving and I didn’t make note of who said it, so I couldn’t tell you where the phrase came from, but it obviously struck a chord. I imagined it was something that an assassin obsessed with his work might come up with, so that’s where the story wound up.

I really tried to spend some time upfront going deep into character and setting, pulling the reader into the story. Again, this is something I’ve been studying under Dean Wesley Smith’s class on writing with Depth. And also again, I highly recommend this course to writers.

Here’s the general scratch file:

And the daily journal entries:


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