The Gospel according to you

If you are working on a novel, it’s a good time-saving idea to create a bible. By which I mean a file that includes descriptors of people, places and things you’re likely to reference multiple times.

Maybe I’m just an idiot, but if I don’t keep a bible, my characters change hair color, heights and favorite handguns from chapter to chapter. If on page 30, I describe someone, I quickly copy that description, go to my Word document bible, and paste it in. If I refer to her again on page 300, I can go, remind myself what she looks like, so I don’t muck up the reference.

Here are two examples from the sequel to “Crashers.”

Amy Dreyfus – Only 5” and a size-zero. Curly red hair. Husband Ezra Dreyfus, patent lawyer. Son Levi, 8. Biz reporter, Wall Street Journal.

(this next one’s a commercial aircraft, an airline company, and a specific flight)

Claremont VLE — twin turbo-prop. Seats 65 with four crew. State-of-the-art avionics from Leveque Aéronautique Ltd., Quebec. Twin Bembenek Co. engines. Came off the line 15 months ago. 85’ wingspan.

Polestar Airlines – Crew: Brown & gold uniforms, Eisenhower jacket. Pilot-in-Charge Miguel Cervantes. Second Pilot Jed Holley. Flight attendants: Andi Garner and Jolene Solomon. Corporate HQ in Cincinnati

Flight 78 to Seattle: 22 of 65 seats taken = 26 souls

About danahaynes

Dana Haynes is the author of ICE COLD KILL (2013), BREAKING POINT (2011) and CRASHERS (2010) from Minotaur and St. Martin's Press.

Posted on December 20, 2009, in Blog. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.


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