Getting Organized

I wish I were the kind of writer who is organized right from day 1 – but I’m not. I start with a broad concept of where I’m going, then as I write both the plot and characters firm up.

When you’re writing fantasy, it can get a bit confusing keeping track of who has what ability or vulnerability and how it affects their everyday lives. Today I found myself hunting once too often for that scrap of paper… so I stopped everything until I could get organized.

Now I have a notebook divided into various sections (okay, I know I should have done this at the beginning!) for essential notes about characters’ family trees, their skills and innate abilities, what is latent and what is not, how they can be defeated, how they can be killed, etc etc… not to mention all the little facts I’d been storing away about their culture.

Now it’s done. Now I can actually put my hands on ONE notebook and everything I need is there.

A break for coffee, and then I can go back to writing. O joy.

Tyla (Happy, happy Tyla!)


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