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How organizing all the elements of your story into a Series Bible can save time, boost efficiency, and keep you from giving your love interest the wrong colored eyes; again.
It's Series Bible Time
Let Us Begin.
In other words-YES!!! For instance, if you’re writing a book or plan to write a series (no matter how long) then you need to be making a Series Bible. Even if you’re writing a pretty large stand-alone, consider making one. You want a S.B. to remember all that little shit that you swore to yourself you’d remember-and then forgot. For example, what exact shade are your Love Interest’s eyes? What side of his face has the scar on it? Similarly, there’s tons of other small details like that which are difficult to remember. Therefore, I think you’re going to absolutely benefit from this blog, so buck up and lets do this!
Step One to the perfect series bible-"Know Your Shit"
Above all, the most important step of them all. This is your golden goose of information that involves your series! I did my S.B. in a physical format, meaning I actually went and bought me some stuff to make one. Simply go to your local Target and get you THREE ESSENTIAL products. Moreover, if you wanna do it digitally, then go ahead and use an App like Evernote, Google Docs, Trillo, or Scrivener. Or use whatever you’d like, your mom won’t care!
You're basic essentials For Your Series Bible are as follows:
- A 3-ring binder
- Dividers (10 MINIMUM)
- 3-ring sheet protectors (clear)
Step Two-"Plan Your Shit"
The Main Squeeze
- B-Story/Romantics & General Subplots
- Clothing & Accessories
Step Three-"Sub-Section Your Shit"
And we’re hungry.
- Details & Special Characteristics & quirks (physical & emotional)
- Fatal Flaws
- Wants and Needs
- Roles-Who are they and why the heck are they in your novel???
- The World
- Main places where your characters hang out
- Past/current wars
- The World
- Policing force
4.B-Story/Romantic & Generic Subplots:
- B-story relationships (For example these are relationships that help your character through their true change. They’re the voices in their ear that tell them to do the RIGHT THING (The lesson that must be learned). Secondly, think of a B-Story character as your MC’s conscience. Thirdly, there can be multiple B-Story characters, but they need to focus on different aspects of your character’s growth and ARCS.
- Romantic relationships
- Love triangles
- History of magic systems
- Secret or wildly known?
- Rational or irrational?
- Who has magic? Everyone? Or a few chosen?
- Why does it exist NOW, if it hadn’t existed before. In addiction, why does it exist NOW when it had previously thrived but then ceased to be? In other words, what awoke it and why? Be very specific.
- Races-Names, descriptions, habits, religions, etc.
- Planets-For instance names, descriptions, habitat, weather, planets from the star. Star type that it revolves around
- Medical Technology
- Individual character weapons & their descriptions.
- Weapons origins & uses
- Alien weapons
- Human weapons
- MCs wardrobe
- Secondary and tertiary characters wardrobe
- Villain/bad guys wardrobe
- How different types of economic classes dress
- Keeping your words the same. For example, is it: “T-shirt” or “t-shirt” ?? Write these little details down, because your readers (and editors) will notice the discrepancy!
- Similarly, keep all words that are repeated must be the same across the board. If you capitalize it once, you better be damn sure you capitalize it every other time. Trust me-they’ll notice.
- After that, look for your weak spots in grammar. Identify major mess-ups, and make sure EVERY SINGLE ONE is fixed.
- For example, anything created for the story that isn’t associated w/ our everyday lives. Anything created specifically for THIS story.
- Magical names, incantations, spells, chants, your mom, anything!
- Foreign races, planets, places of importance, landmarks & their general locations, etc.
Step Four-"Combine Your Shit"
- Take your 3 ring binder,
- Label all of your dividers with the names of each Section you’ve selected
- Put them in the binder.
- Type out your Sections with their corresponding Sub-Sections on your computer (For instance I color coded mine but that’s not completely necessary-unless you’re boring).
- Print them
- Slip them in those sexy little sleeves…
- AND BAM!!! You’ve got yourself a Series Bible!
Step Five-"Complete Your Shit"
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