This is a very important folder, even though it looks quite inconspicuous – it’s where I try to keep track and develop the Apples universe. Which isn’t as easy as it sounds, as usually I don’t bother to scribble things down when I write. A habit I probably should develop, because going through 200 pages noting every name is tedious. So this thing isn’t half as full as I wish it would be. Let’s take a peek inside, shall we?
This is what you see when you open it. I kept the quote from an earlier life of the folder as a planner, because I like it. And I just realised I missed an ‘s’ there… -.-
The first four tabs, containing the most important things: the main cast, the gaggle of side characters, the antagonists and politics.
A glimpse of the other tabs, the not so important ones planning wise, but writing wise indespensable, because that’s where I look things up. My own little encyclopaedia, so to speak:
Like floor plans, that once got sketched down on a sticky-note (now not sticky anymore, hence the washi tape):
Or names of things and people:
But this here is the heart and soul, the section of the main characters:
Nothing irks me more than a screwed up continuity – something I never notice in movies, but always in books. So that’s why I keep a handy reference chart on how a character looks like. This here is Adelie, the spunky baroness:
But a character is so much more than how they look l something I can’t do on the drawing board… I have to write them and plunge them into situations to see how they react. This here is just one page of many that describe who she is, what she likes and what she doesn’t like, and what her relationships to other characters are.
I hope you enjoyed that little peek behind the scenes of writing. How do you keep track of your story world, if you have one? Please share in the comments, I find this process so fascinating, I’d love to hear from others.