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Author Reference File

Posted: July 26, 2013 by Aaron Matthew Kaiser in Chaos #1 Planning, FYI (Oi! Pay attention!), Resources & Cool Stuff

Hello, fellow Chaosticians! (That’s your new official name. Learn to like it, or else. Ha!)

My name is Aaron and I am a new author for Chaos #1. You’ll be reading my work this Sunday with chapter 4. I’m looking forward to sharing it with everyone and getting your feedback.

I digress. The reason for this post is to let everyone know about the author reference file that Kella and I have created. Right now, it is a basic list of terms/names with short descriptions. The goal is for this to become a quick reference guide so we all stay consistent with names and details without having to go back and re-read sections of previously written material.

You can find this file in the Google Drive folder. If you do not have access to it, please contact Kella. Please make part of your author habits to visit this file after your chapter has published and enter new information that you have established. If we meet a character in chapter 2 and find out they have two belly buttons in chapter 6, let us know so that someone writing chapter 10 doesn’t miss that detail and give them three.

I hope this helps everyone as I know it will help me greatly. Obviously, don’t write anything in the file that has yet to be established, unless you are explaining in greater detail about something. The entry for the Cyrex 3000 is a good example of this.

If you have any additional questions, please let me or Kella know.

Since we’re getting started creating a new story arc from scratch, here’s a valuable resource in figuring out your arcs:

Story Structure Architect – a writer’s guide to building dramatic situations & compelling characters

I skim this book often, and it helps me figure out where I’m going with a story, how to order my events, and how to course-correct when I’ve veered sharply away from whatever it was I set out to do. Go, get thee to a bookstore.

~Kella