Hello, Writers! If you’re working on a novel, you know that it can be difficult to keep up with all the information involved: character background, town/street names, world-building details… It can all get lost in the writing process.
Today, I will share with you 3 Word documents I always keep when writing a story. Always! And they are soooo helpful.
1. Character Sheet
The very first document you’ll need (whether on Word or on paper) is your character sheet. Here, you will keep track of names, last names, ages, and other physical attributes.
This sheet is especially helpful at the beginning of the writing process, to keep your newly thought-of characters fresh in your mind.
I’ve changed Vincent to Victor during the first draft of a story, and I’ve accidentally changed eye colors as well. With my character sheet, I can catch these mistakes quickly and keep them from happening often.
How much detail you add to this sheet is up to you, but definitely keep track of the basics.
2. Killed Darlings
In writing, “kill your darlings” means “get rid of any scenes and dialogue not moving the story forward… even if YOU happen to love them.” It’s the hacking away at the end of the first draft to make a more concise second draft.
You might change your mind about deleted scenes/dialogue, so keep them for possible future use.
It’s hard to know where everything will go on a first draft, so keep those deleted parts! You might find that although it didn’t fit in one place, it may later fit in another place.
Kill your darlings… with care.
I also like to keep a checklist Word document. These are things that I know I’ll have to look at later, but I don’t want to bother during the first draft.
This includes double-checking chapter numbers or going back to add a table of contents.
This is just you looking out for yourself. So, if there’s anything your story needs, but has to wait until a future draft, put it on the checklist.
What other Word documents do you keep, besides your main story doc? Let us know in the comments!
Take care and write on,
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