Jan 30, 2010

Spreadsheet

Many writers create a timeline recording the activities and important information about the characters in their books. Major character milestones are recorded to help the writer remember important plot points.
Over the last week I made a spreadsheet and gave my ONE LIFE characters (even the minor characters) a unique birthday, death date, wedding date, day they bought their house, etc. I know the exact month/day/year sixteen years ago when one character immigrated to another country. Also, I have an exact month/day/year from twenty years ago when two characters were set up on a blind date. Each character's physical characteristics and country of citizenship are recorded. Is it strange I find this kind of work fun?
Other News: Vampire Diaries was A+ on Thursday (they did such a great job casting that show)! Check out the books by L. J. Smith, if you have a chance.

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"All dream but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds wake in the day to find that it was in vanity, but the dreamers of the day are dangerous, for they may act their dream with open eyes to make it possible." T. E. Lawrence