Thursday, July 24, 2008

Writing the bible

Hindsight is a bitch.  And she's been laughing at me all week.  Looking back, I realize I should have organized Underground Atlanta (the setting for THE BETTER PART OF DARKNESS), and Charlie's world as I was writing the book, or when a new fact came to me.  

You see, had I done this, writing B2 would be much easier.  But, no.  I didn't.  I have notes scattered everywhere in three different notebooks.  I now have to go back into B1 and check facts and locales and little incidentals.  If I had a nicely organized notebook with subject tabs, I could just flip to a subject and get my info quickly.  Yeah, I know, it should all be in my head, right?  I mean, I created this world and these characters.  And yet I forget small details, little things, like:  What did that particular character smell like?  Or what shade of blue was her eyes?  Did she wear the Heftie (weapon) in her left holster or was it her right?   

So, I'm organizing a series bible.  Character descriptions, settings, beings, histories of my worlds, factions, etc . . .  are all being gleaned from B1, and my notes, and put into this bible.  I should have done this sooner!  

Has anyone else put together a bible?  How did you organize yours?  Any tips or secrets you want to share to make this job easier?  This curious mind wants to know.    :)


Dharma Kelleher said...

I've had similar challenges. So I decided to use a wiki (a website that allows for easy updating and cross-linking like wikipedia.

I use without any templates. With it, I create a page for each character and one for each major location (like the favorite coffee house or a bookstore). And I can create links between the pages.

When I was putting together the wiki for my current novel, I discovered that I had named three different characters with the same name and that one character had different eye colors in different scenes.

The only thing I don't like about is that I can't download a copy onto my computer. In order to access it and check something, I have to be on the Web. Other than that, it's great.

Dharma Kelleher said...
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K. said...

I've never heard of this before. Sounds intriguing. Must investigate. Thanks for the tip, Dharma! :)

Tia Nevitt said...
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Tia Nevitt said...

Drat; my link didn't work. Here's my comment again:

I call mine a gazetteer, and I use a wiki as well:

Tiddly Wiki

It's wonderful. I record every fact as I write them in my gazetteer. So far, I have two worldbuilding gazetteers for the last two novels I've written.

K. said...

Wow, you guys are totally organized. Here's hoping some of it rubs off on me: I needs it!