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How to Create a Story or Series Binder (Part 2)

Okay when we left off, I had talked about Plot Points, Timelines and Character Development. For the second part and final entry of How to Create a Story or Series Binder I will be addressing Series Artwork, Setting Development, Playlists and Scene Development. So just to recap the you will need:

Materials:

Binder
Tab dividers
Sheet protectors
Printer/Ink

And time, lol. Lots and lots of time for typing/thinking.
To see part one if you missed it, click here.

Series Artwork**

With sites such as Pinterest this section is totally up to you. Myself, when I’m in the writing zone I know better than to stop and open up the internet to double check what something looked like because then I will go off and start checking Facebook, my emails, play Candy Crush, you get the picture. I personally didn’t use this for the Quake series, but my friend Ava used it for her series and pasted pictures of her main character’s tattoo’s and where they were placed, what type of motorcycle he owned, what type of car the other main character drives so she can quickly reference the page.
**There is no template for this.

Updated: Ava shot me an email (thank you for being my guinea pig!) telling me that she ended up placing symbols into the Character Development sheet

Setting Development

Setting Development I wanted to kept as simple as possible. This is where and when your story is taking place, how your characters react to their surroundings. For example, you may have a kid that hates school, so they may describe it as a desolate island that smells of musty old paper. This is one thing that I still need to work on as I usually just start writing and let the setting develop as I write, but one that I seriously need to sit down and focus on. I think it will help add a bit of depth to my writing.

Scene Development

This is definitely one that I need to work on. This is for the types of writers that can sit down and write out how they want their book to go. I on the other hand, just write and see where the story takes me. I will try to do this with Magnitude, but no promises!

Playlist

This is a fun activity! Have you ever been writing and think ‘Oh my gosh, [song title here] would go so perfectly with this spot? ¬†If so, write it down! Go to Spotify and start a new playlist! You can share it with your friends, fans, even put the link in your book if you wish to do so. And another nifty trick of Spotify? If you get stuck and not quite sure what else goes with the ‘mood’ of your book you can click on a song you’ve already placed into your playlist and click on “Start Radio”. This will start a radio channel of songs similar to the one you have already chosen.

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So here it is. My Series Binder. You can also add items like Dream Cast, Character Interviews, whatever YOU need to be organized and successful. Oh and one more must have. Since we aren’t always near our laptops or have a printer at the ready, make sure you have paper included. You never know when you’ll want to jot down an idea or something you missed and want to keep it all in the same place. ¬†Please remember to download and save to your computer!

Also, I did the majority of this AFTER writing Quake and AfterShock. I brought together all of my notes and jumbled ideas together into one place and yes, I really did type them all out and then print them all out and stick it into the binder so I can grab it off the shelf instead of trying to click through multiple folders trying to remember where I placed something or go through several notebooks.

Once again, I would like to thank several Pinterest boards for the idea of how to pull this together. Now stayed tuned for me to finally finish my book signing tips for Author 101. I WILL get this down. LOL.

Have this been helpful? Please let me know in the comments!

Until next time,
Lisa