Building a Book ‘Bible’
Ancient Awakening started as a romance and a stand-alone book. It quickly changed, became complicated and detailed. The different characters blurred after several chapters and I realized I needed a better way to keep track of eye color, hair style, physical description and other pesky details. I’ve used character sheets, interview sheets, lists and found they didn’t meet my needs.
Then another author mentioned using a ‘bible’ and the light bulb flashed over my head. What could be easier than a method I could do on the fly?
After creating a new document I quickly skimmed what I had already written. To make it easy to find, I used bold for the character name. It was easy to copy/paste sections of description any time I mentioned him/her.
Let me amend that. I copy the information when I go back to do a simple edit. I never stop the writing process for editing. It breaks the flow and I don’t recommend using anything that does that.
I also found it helpful to have a timeline of events. Mine is at the front of the ‘bible,’ but you can put it anywhere.
Once I decided Ancient Awakening was the first of a series set in Rhodes End, I added the town as a character. I’m also drawing a map using my characters actions. You’d be surprised to know how hard it is to recall if you turn right or left out of the driveway to get to the cemetery.
Since I’ve finished Ancient Blood and been working on three, Ancient Curse, the information is invaluable. I have opened ‘bible’ two and three, copied the appropriate character descriptions as needed, and keep on writing.
I’ve found it helpful to add research details. So many times I’ve wasted time hunting for that important detail because I couldn’t recall the spelling, the year, whatever.
The ‘bible’ is meant to be a flexible tool. I recommend it.
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