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