Today I’m going to continue sharing my experiences and thoughts on the various Writing Track panels I attended. I attended all of them, though some of them I was a little late to, for various reasons. Saturday had already been off to a great start, but then I was ambushed by Lunch Time.
Keeping a Long Series Fresh
Jana Oliver headlined the next panel, after Saturday’s lunch, to which I was late. She advocated keeping a “story bible” to keep all the details and events straight when working on a long series – “because otherwise you will forget important details”. This was something I was already doing, thankfully. I have a story bible for “Project SOA”, and I’ve recently started working on one for “Book of M”. What goes in the story bible: a bit of everything. Descriptions of the character both physical and internal, notes about the history of the world, geography, the plot outline – you name it, I’ll put an entry for it in the project bible. Right now the bible for “Book of M” is in its nascency, with only a handful of unfinished entries. I’ve mentioned my project bible before, I believe, and I won’t go into too much detail about it for now.
The purpose of the bible, as she explained it, was to help keep everything straight. But you could also keep new notes and bits of inspiration there as you happen upon them, to help you inject some of that much-needed freshness. Continue reading