The editing lesson I want to share today shows an incredibly lazy part of my writerly self.
I'm banking on the hope that one or two of you are equally lazy and might be able to commiserate...erm, learn along with me ;)
Okay, so we've all heard of keeping character journals and time lines as we write, right?
Here are my previous thoughts on both:
I know my characters, I don't need to write down their hair color. that's lame.
I don't even know my characters until I write them...how can I lead w/ all that info?
yep. that pretty much sums up the thoughts that I had every time I heard the phrase character bible/journal or time line.
Well...I was wrong.
We don't have to start w/ all the info...but, as we put it in our manuscript, we should jot it down on a notepad somewhere.
Because it is downright embarrassing when that ms sells and the editor says ...you note the father as 6'5" here and 6'3" later
or, the equally embarrassing... you have them upset to be leaving, but this is the day they were scheduled to leave. do you not realize it is day 3 of their stay?
now, this ms had been through many eyes before it got to this point. None of us caught those mistakes (and, there were more than the two, btw).
So...I'm rethinking the time line and character journals.
they don't have to be fancy. they don't have to be long.
but they do have to be.
less you look (and feel) like an idiot *cue picture of me*
Tell Me: what are your thoughts on actual, written out time lines and character journals?