|Map of Middle Earth|
Maps:Scrivener makes it easy to keep maps handy. Even if you do not publish the maps it really helps keep me straight on several fronts:
- Climate. The Solstice 31 Saga takes place on the Earth like planet called Baytirus. I based the weather on upstate NY. I even created an annotated map that had all the major cities, rivers, lakes, even the gorge was based on the St. Lawrence river.
- Distances. People can only walk so far in a day. What is the range of a horse? How fast can shuttle fly?
- Landscapes. Describing a setting makes a story rich and draws the audience in farther. In my head I know the climate, the kind of trees that make up the forests, the mountain heights and even the geological make up of the ground.
- Cities. What makes a city grow. Is it a port city? Is it on a river? Is it in the mountains? Maps inform the descriptions.
- Street Maps. Actual street layouts of cities make action easier as it moves through them. I even decide on the maps the kind of architecture in specific areas.
- Floor plans. Lastly, I even make floor plans of building and interiors of space ship and space stations. It all inspires me and keeps the blocking in my story consistent.
|Lord of the Rings Calendar|
- Different plot threads of a story that all happen during the same days and time.
- Following various events in a story that are critical to specific characters.
- The duration it takes to travel various distances.
- If your story cover a lot of time, it keep the aging of the characters straight as well. If ten years have gone by that cute pine year old girl has changed in many ways!
- Calendars turn into clocks wen seconds count.
- During the outlining phase, I annotate both dates and locations in the margins.
- Calendars keep flash-backs organized.
--These tools will help you finish things.