Aeon Timeline 2: Tracking Frequency in the Relationship View Matrix

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I’ve used all kinds of tools to track things across the length of a manuscript. I’ve used giant pieces of paper, spreadsheets, and meta-data. But I think I’m in love with this one: Aeon Timeline 2. First, let me explain what I’m tracking and why. I have a bunch of characters in my WIP, and I want to make sure …

PenNames: a better name database

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Writers, this may sound familiar. You dream up a new character, and for a while it’s okay to refer to them in your head as ‘the dude’ or ‘heroine’ or ‘cat’, but eventually you run into that roadblock where you realize… I need to name these people. Happens every time. Around the same point where things start to ‘get real’, …

Central Casting

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On Writer Unboxed there’s a post called Central Casting by David Corbett. I find the premise a little alarming. Quoting Gore Vidal: [E]very writer has a given theater in his head, a repertory company. Shakespeare has fifty characters, I have ten, Tennessee has five, Hemingway has one, Beckett is busy trying to have none. You are stuck with your repertory company and …

A story without conflict…

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…well, that’s just not a story. Conflict is essential to story. Without it, there’s nothing to tell. It’s just, “Two ducks existed. They lived in harmony. The end.” Yesterday I got a beta reader request that began with, “It is a romance story that has no conflict, just pure adorableness.” What this writer meant was that the story contained no …