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How to Create A Story Bible/Binder Part 1

Or Series/Book Bible, however you prefer to reference it. I watched a YouTube video about creating one and after wondering just how ‘easy’ it was to make one, I decided to try it out. Here are the materials I used/needed, trying to keep it as simple as possible (the title of the section is a link to a template).

Materials:
Binder
Tab dividers
Sheet protectors
Printer/Ink
*Click on titles to retrieve templates

Plot Points

When I started mapping this out, I did it on paper and ink one night while I was at my youngest son’s basketball practice and had writer’s block up to wazoo. I figured it would be a great way to kill two hours and might jump start my writing (it did!). I started with Plot Points. I thought back to the first book (Quake) of my series and wrote down all the things that I wrote about, then did the same for book two (AfterShock). This allowed me to see if I had any loose ends to tie up in Magnitude (yep). When I originally wrote it out, I wrote everything on one sheet of paper, once I typed it out, I typed out a sheet for each book.

Timeline

While I was writing out my plot points it helped me remember that I desperately needed timeline. This was actually a lot of fun to write out and helped me remember little things, like when a character changed clothes or met someone new, even  a minor character that I may need to bring back into the story. I loved doing this part!

Character Development

Okay we all know that we need to sit down and do this, but do we always? Or do most of us just start writing and let the character figure out who they are, what they look like and what their mannerisms are? I know do. There was only one time I started a C.D before I wrote a story and that was because I was stuck in an airport bored out of my mind and I only got it done for one character. It’s boring, it’s tedious and I know you would rather just start typing, but trust me, this will help.

Okay, I think that covers enough for today. Next week I will post part two of the series with more links and more tips!

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Author:

Lisa Arrington is a mother to two wonderful who has always had a passion for writing. Lisa attended a local technical college and received an associate degree in Computer Networking which she put right to use. Lisa currently lives in Southern Arizona with her two sons and when not writing she can be found curled up on her favorite chair with Kindle in hand, reviewing books for her blog, chauffeuring the boys around town for basketball games or playing Candy Crush Soda on her phone. She loves the color blue, can't get enough cherry cheesecake ice cream or Junior Mints and will forever be in a power-struggle over the big screen TV with her youngest child.

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