What is a Story Bible?
A Story Bible is a compilation of the key details about your novel.
A Story Bible documents character sketches, cultural references, developing scenes, character histories, names, dialogue portions, phrases, setting specifics, impending plot struggles, romantic engagements, paranormal components, relevant facts in one location, which is extremely advantageous when editing and when writing a series or sequel.
A Story Bible is a reference guide while you are editing, researching, and writing. It does not have to include every detail of your novel.
In a nutshell, the purpose of a Story Bible is to uphold consistency, the utmost significant elements to incorporate are fundamentals that are in the book.
How to create a Story Bible?
It is your decision how you design your Story Bible and what you put into it. The essentials comprise character information, fictional businesses, creatures / monsters, language, setting particulars, technology, world building specifics, vocabulary, and everything that is imperative to your stories realm.
You can design your Story Bible either before you begin writing or as you write your novel, while some of you may prefer to wait until the end of the day to record any and all pertinent details that emerged during your writing session.
How to Set-up a Story Bible?
A story bible can take a sundry of forms.
Some scribes prefer the safety and texture of a substantial Story Bible. A three-ring binder with pocket page dividers for each section works for this form. Writers can brainstorm, add visual collages, mind maps, and utilize index cards and sticky notes.
Others implement the information for the Story Bible on bulletin boards and white boards.
While some favor an electronic file on their computer.
However, if none of these options seem to fit your writing life, incorporate a lil’ of this, a lil’ of that and whatever you want to fuse a mix that works for you.
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