That sound ominous, doesn’t it? Fortunately, I’m talking about the world I create on the page and not my real life (which I suspect may never be thoroughly ordered). Following up on Deb’s post about organizing, I thought I show you a peek into how I organize my writing world. See, I do like to keep some things organized!
Anyway, the majority of the paranormal romance stories I write are all set in my Beautiful Creatures world. After about book #6, when characters from previous stories started popping up in current works, I realized I needed to keep better notes on them, because I was literally paging through the published books to find out what their hair color was, or what their job was, or where they worked. And so the creation of my world bible (see pic above). I love this thing!
It’s divided into various categories. I’ve got a Creatures section so I can keep notes on what vampires can and can’t do, or if angels have bellybuttons (they do not) and other important facts. The Map section has elaborate maps of Minnesota and Paris with all the characters’ homes marked. I’ve got a list of Nightclubs, because I have a tendency to have a lot of nightclub scenes (go figure) and usually name them after colors. Club Violet, anyone? There’s info about special groups. You’ll see The Order of the Stake pop up next year in some of my releases. A list of Packs and Tribes is essential, and who heads them and who has been banished (and/or killed).
My Character pages are most important. I list: full name, born, location, profession/breed, partner, married, children, friends, family, enemies, hair color, eye color, distinctive marks, tribe/pack, traits, Book title, Other books they appear in, Notes on everything from favorite foods and sayings, so important things they’ve done they may have an effect on other characters in the world. Also, I include a picture for reference. And I’ve got characters in my book that I haven’t even written about yet, but they may pop into my brain so clear and full-formed that I just have to take notes for future reference.
Whew! Whoda thought I’d be keeping such an elaborate system just to keep my world straight? Well, it’s kind of fun, and I feel sometimes like these are my people. I can do anything with them! And heck, it gives me a good excuse to buy office supplies. I think I need some new page dividers. Hmm…