April 29th, 2011

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Writing Excuses 5.34: Story Bibles

Writing Excuses 5.34: Story Bibles

From http://www.writingexcuses.com/2011/04/24/writing-excuses-5-34-story-bibles/

Key points: Use the tool that works for you and your project. Consider the scale, who needs to use it, what works for you. Story bibles can help you get the ending correct. They can help you avoid continuity errors. They can help you remember and keep track of all the details. Worldbuilding, and your story bible, need to match the story you are writing. Story bibles are where you infodump for yourself, to inform your writing. And keep the infodumps out of your books.
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[Brandon] Dan. Writing prompt?
[Dan] Yes. Writing prompt.
[Brandon] Save us from long boring paragraphs.
[Dan] Okay.
[Brandon] Come on. Do it fast.
[Dan] Well, I had one until you threw me off. Okay. What I want you to do is write a story in which there is a...
[Brandon] A character doing something?
[Dan] A character that's doing something. No. Someone is a were-animal that is the kind of animal you would never be a were-anything.
[Brandon] Oh? Good.
[Dan] We have werewolves and werebears and all that stuff. I want to see like a were-banana-slug, some ridiculous thing.
[Brandon] Okay. Well. This has been Writing Excuses. You're out of excuses, kind of. Now go write.