When I first tried to write a novel, it didn’t work out so well for me. I knew my characters pretty well but my entire world that I was creating never made sense. I had no concrete information on the world I was making. Eventually I gave up on the project. Now that I’m starting another one, I’ve figured out where I went wrong. I didn’t have a fact-book.
What is a Fact-Book?
A fact-book is essentially a compendium of all knowledge involving your book’s world. Every little detail that will and wont be in your book. If anything, all of the information that will make the world real to you.
Why Would I Need One? How Would it Help Me?
Because you don’t want to get half way through your novel and not remember if the Gostian Snake was poisonous or not. Or that your character hates spiders. It will definitely keep your continuity going.
What Should I Include in It?
Everything that is important to your story. Starting off with character profiles and the basic lead up to your story is a good idea. From there you can go into all of your story notes, world building notes. You can create an entire binder for it or even write in another notebook. It may change as you find things in your world that don’t work and rearrange it as needed.
Right now I’m slowly going through and creating one for Were-Witch and I’m starting off with the Werewolves. You know the transformation process, the difference between being born wolf and being bitten. I’m also working on the character profiles to add to it.
Do you have a fact-book for your writing? What do you include in yours? If you don’t have one are you thinking about starting one?
Let me know in the comments.
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