Writing Tip — 63

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Keeping notes for your story is important. A list of the characters that appear, and how they are related to the protagonist and antagonist will help keep you from getting confused as the story progresses. If you have a lot of minor characters, these notes are important. The information in these notes can contain a few important details, or you can write up a complete dossier for each one. Remember, keep the back story of the characters to a minimum in your story. If something doesn’t relate to the plot or why a character acts a certain way in a certain situation, don’t add it to the story.

Notes on locations, any special technology, or weapons will help to keep things factual. There are readers out there who would happily rip apart your work if you use the wrong terminology. Keep track of books you use for research, along with website you visit, and magazine articles.

About Anna Dobritt

Anna Dobritt is an independent eBook author and an indie publisher of RPG PDFs and fantasy maps through Cartography Unlimited for RPGs. She loves to read and write, and lives in Michigan. Anna enjoys watching Dr. Who, both the classic episodes from the 1960s-1980s and the current episodes. Anna has three trilogies in the queue: Ravynwyng Chronicles Universe – Volume 1: The Beginning has been released, and Volume 2: Discovery, is going through the editing and revision process, with plans to self-publish in 2016. Volume 3: Truth is currently being written. Two other trilogies are The Archivist — Lenara Lenquil Adventures, and the Guardian Blades Trilogy. Anna has self-published Volume 1 of the Ravynwyng Chronicles Universe titled The Beginning; three short stories: The Hunter, First Raven, Raven Voice; a novelette titled Raven Flight, and a collection of short fiction titled Whispers from Within. Where the imagination soars on glowing wings! May the words ever flow!
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7 Responses to Writing Tip — 63

  1. Excellent advice, Anna! I keep a notebook at hand to jot down updates and revisions, plot bunnies, plot holes, and all sorts of comments. Not only do they help me keep my story moving, they will come in handy for historical purposes after I’m a world famous author 😄

  2. Jnana Hodson says:

    Sometimes it turns into a chart that gets taped to the wall, too. Along with a timeline or map.

  3. Reblogged this on Don Massenzio's Blog and commented:
    Check out this tip from Anna Dobritt on the value of keeping notes while you write.

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