Earlier this week I started talking about my writing process, and about the “Project Bible” in particular. I thought there might be some interest in learning a little more about what, exactly, my Project Bible is. One thing’s for sure: it’s a mixed metaphor. It’s Holy Writ; it’s an Encyclopedia; it’s the Blueprint; it’s the Framework of the story. It’s something I can check myself against, but it’s also a living document that I can change and modify over time. It’s electronic, which makes it easily searchable. It’s a personal Wikipedia for my book, which makes it easy to interlink.
Here’s what my Project Home Page looks like in the “Book of M” Project Bible:
I’ve got a short preamble about what is contained in the Project Bible, followed by a bulleted list. Each bullet is a link to a main topic-area page, followed by a short description of what may be found on that page. Each page in the Project Bible includes a link back to the project’s Home Page. The bulleted list for “Book of M” includes:
- Idea Journal, where I’ve transcribed handwritten notes from my writing journal that relate specifically to “The Book of M”.
- Story, which is where I put notes about the plot of the book.
- Dramatis Personae, which has a list of characters that appear in “The Book of M”.
- History, which has notes about the history and background of the world.
- Mythology, which has notes about the myths and legends of the world.
- Magic, which is where all the notes about how the magic system work will go.
- Religions, where I write about the belief-systems of the different people.
- Nations, Organizations, and Peoples, which tells about the different groups of people that inhabit this world, and how they’ve divided their society.
- Languages, where I have notes about the languages these people speak.
- Geography, which tells about the physical world and where things are located in relation to each other.
- Glossary, where will go a list of terms unique to this world and their meanings.
- Calendars & Time, where I’ll have notes about how time is reckoned on this world.
- Philosophy & Theme, where I’ll write about “what it all means”, and the themes I’m trying to touch upon in this book.
- Research, which is where any notes on sources of inspiration and research details go. Continue reading