Reading books in a series has always been one of my favorite things. I enjoy returning to familiar characters and locations. Therefore, when it came time to write my own books, writing a series came naturally. However, once I began writing the second book I came across a dilemma. How to keep those characters and locations consistent across multiple books?
At first I simply looked back at the first book. Sometimes I did this right away, other times I left holes in the story with things like “Hair description here”. Then I went back later and input the description. This worked well for the sequel, after all there was only one book to look back at. But when I began the third book in the series I ran into a problem. With two files to look through and no idea where in those files the information was searching for something as simple as eye color could take hours. That just seemed silly. I needed a better way.
What I came up with was simple. I created a new file titled “Character and Place descriptions”. In it I copied all of the information from the first two books. This was time consuming but worth is. I now have a master file containing physical and personality descriptions of every character in my world. I also have maps and verbal descriptions of places. Now that the file exists it is easy to look back. And I add new things as I write them as well. I only wish I had thought of this sooner!
Recently a friend suggested to me that I use a wiki instead of this crazy file. This is something I hadn’t considered but I like the idea. While I haven’t explored the option fully I think it would be beneficial in that it is backed up online and easily accessible from anywhere. It is something that I will continue researching for the future.
My life is so much easier now that all of my character and setting information is in one place. I can rest easy knowing that I won’t confuse my readers, at least not with my descriptions!
As a writer, I spin tales to take the reader away from everyday life, if only for a few hours. However, becoming a published author and reaching readers is a struggle. Writers sit in front of laptops and tap away in hopes of creating the next great American novel. But what happens after the manuscript is written and edited?
It was a dilemma for a few of my fellow writers and me. One Sunday night at Denny’s we pondered the question. Sending query letters to publishers is nerve wrecking. It takes the stars to be aligned just right to connect and get a contract.
We knew there had to be another solution. Yes, self-publishing on Amazon is an option, but the writers at the Sunday Night Write In knew there had to be other alternatives. So in January, the idea of starting a publishing company for authors in the 518 was spawned.
The 518 Publishing Company, LLC has been created to help writers in the 518 to publication. We will make it happen.