I am always up for new information on my road to my first novel. Today I came across a bit of advice from Indies Unlimited, a great blog that always has good information . It was to create a story Bible. What a great idea. As you go further into your book you find it harder and hard to remember details of smaller characters or last names so putting a story Bible together is genius.
You write down the following (and more if you want):
Characters: full descriptions right down to their scars and what major events they were in in the past or present.
Places: Again, full description. Especially if it is visited frequently. Is this a real place? you may want to do research on the appearance in case a reader has actually been there.
In the Article on Indies Unlimited by RJ Crayton she gives a great example of why you want this. If you characters are in a coffee shop a lot you don't want there to be a 2nd floor in a later chapter when the initial description was of a single story building.
Any Made up things: Are there imaginary acronyms that were created or technological objects or pieces. In the article it states this may help with liable or legal entanglements though I would think a good legal statement on the copywrite page of your book should take care of all of this (I am not a lawyer so please don't take that as absolute fact).
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