Learning Curves –
In writing, as any other profession, there are things you need to learn. But, unlike most other jobs out there, there’s not a set training regimen. When I worked as a teller for a Credit Union, I had a checklist for skills that I needed to learn. Classes I had to attend to learn about Computer Programs specific to the EFTs and Debit Cards. There was a method to the madness.
Not exactly the same for authors. Sure, there are classes. Lots of classes. And many of them are really good, but a lot of what I’ve discovered in writing I’ve either stumbled over it as an issue, or had someone clue me in on what else I have learn.
This last week’s lesson for me?
Series Bibles –
And no, if you haven’t heard the phrase before, it’s not meant to knock or belittle the actual Bible. A Series Bible – holds all of the pertinent information on Characters, Locations, Events in a book series.
And it’s mostly to help the author keep track of the W’s in a series. Who What When Where
I used to use just a word doc – but it’s harder to keep the facts that I need straight
I’m starting a Contemporary Romance Series next year –
So far I have Character sections and Locations sections in the Excel Sheet.
Characters - Name, Unit, M/F, Job, Race, Eyes, Hair…
Locations – Name, Business/Home, Character
Later on, I’ll add more information ‘columns’ as I realize what’s needed. I’ve done something similar for a Sweet Western Series that I’m writing… that’s what makes Excel the best possible method for keeping track of all of the facts I need. It’s much easier to drop in a column or a row instead of trying to add pieces to a word document.
Are there better ways to do all this work? I’m sure… but this is how I’m figuring it out for now. :D
So… do you have a better idea?
Do you know a program that would handle this better?