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Storm Grant ~ Keeping your writing straight – even when it's not
I always thought it would be very difficult to work on several different writing projects simultaneously. But unless you pen a successful series right out of the gate, it’s going to happen to YOU!
As soon as your first book is finished, you begin shopping it around and start on your second. Then while your second is out at beta, you begin your third. But by now your first book need promoting, your second, edits, and your third is approaching a complete first draft. What’s a writer to do?
I sometimes find myself wondering things like: Is Dante in this book or the other one? Who’s got the magic coin? What’s Shadow thinking?
But here’s a neat (and free!) trick that works for me.
I open a Powerpoint document, but indeed, anything that allows side-by-side graphics works. Scissors and tape will do the trick.
First I go to a stock photography site. Why stock photography? Because if I use a fashion site I’ll only get models. On a stock site, you’ll get normal people with genuine expressions. I like http://www.123rf.com/, but any of them are fine. The other reason to use a stock photography site is if you decide you want to purchase the pictures, you can.
I put my search criteria in the search bar and save likely candidates to my “lightbox”. I’m looking for a picture of my protagonist, the love interest, the villain, and usually the main secondary character such as the BFF or the mentor. So four in total.
I then click on the high resolution image and download it. I am not, at this point, paying anything. The image will have a copyright symbol across the chest, but for our purposes, we don’t care.
I lay them out side by side on a piece of paper, and add their names, height and eye colour, since those are the things I always forget. In FIENDS, my character has tribal scarring on her cheeks, so I drew those in with a black marker. I print it out in colour and stick it in a plastic page protector.
Then when I’m working on that book, I put the pictures of my characters where I can see them. It’s amazing how quickly I’m able to shift gears. (And also how often I forget how to spell some characters’ names!)
That’s my technique for working on multiple books. What’s yours?
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