Start a Writing Bible: NaNoWriMo Tip #20

By Jason Boog 

Getting lost in your National Novel Writing Month manuscript? No problem–it’s time to create a Writing Bible. Author Pip Hunn adapted Nathan Bransford’s idea for a Series Bible to keep track of a sprawling story. It’s a useful way to record major characters, groups, settings, histories, and timelines inside your novel for future reference.

Here’s more from the post: “A ‘Writing Bible’ in this context is simply a document that keeps track of everything that deserves it in your story. It’s a phrase used commonly by creative staff working on things like TV shows and movies with a long creation time … Your Writing Bible can have as much or as little information in it as you’d like. You don’t need to exhaustively cross-reference everything you write about …  Some information covering the basics – the vital signs, if you will – of your story will get you pointed in the right direction.”

This is our twentieth NaNoWriMo Tip of the Day. As writers around the country join the writing marathon this month, we will share one piece of advice or writing tool to help you cope with this daunting project. (Image via NYC Wanderer)