Watching: Underbelly: The Golden Mile
Listening to: The Hero’s Two Journeys by Michael Hauge and Chris Vogler
Reading: Twitter (soooo addictive!)
As I was nearing the end of book #5, I again found myself getting confused with the character’s back story (i.e. all the stuff that happens off stage, the past events and people that affect characters). I do this all the time – I give my characters complicated and deep pasts, which in turn helps immensely when it comes to writing goals and motivation. But the downside is, they can get so in depth I kinda lose track of what happens. And as this story is a flow-on from The Magnate’s Baby Promise, I had to keep going back to that first book and rechecking details – was my heroine 27 or 30? How old was she when her parents ran off? How long did she temp before scoring a full time job? Where was she when… and so on.
After about the tenth time, I got fed up with my inability to retain these small but pertinent facts. So instead of just writing it all down in a boring, unattractive list, being the visual learner I am I made a time line. And here it is. It’s very simple but easy to understand – character’s names, then ages and their turning/plot points. The long dotted lines means their timelines are in sync with each other.
I hope it will help some of you writers too because it really did save my sanity (and probably my editor’s, too!) And I liked it so much I made another one for the current book I’m writing.