A 'Story Bible' is sometimes called a 'Series Bible', but what is it exactly?
When a writer starts a story that grows bigger than just one book it's easy to lose track of certain details, usually the simple ones. The series bible is a folder/journal which stores information about the books, such as: places, characters, realms and research, etc. Normally, these are not seen by the readers/public, but I thought it'd be a lovely idea to share some of my pages with you...by now, you must be aware of how much I love to share. :o )
Some people create their story bible as they write, some after they've finished. Many like to have their story bible created and ready before they begin writing. I'm one of those plotter types - mostly everything is worked out prior to writing, of course, things can change, but most ideas are scribbled down on scraps of paper prior to 'officially' recording.
My 'Bible Companion' is a compendium of all things relating to 'A Carpet of Purple Flowers' (#ACoPF). Such as: Backstories of characters, in-depth character analysis in the form of lists, from shoes to furnishings, scars, how they like to wear their hair, etc. With each Order, every detail is recorded from symbols relating to that sect and why they use it, to clothing worn, and how that Order began. I don't add all of these details to the books, but they're areas that I need to know to write informatively about their worlds/perspective. I even created a journal in which one of my characters records their experiences. It helps me understand the characters thought process and gives me different angles to write from. I've shared some of the pages on the FAN ART section.
Pinterest has been a wonderful resource for providing a visual companion, links are HERE.
A few days ago, while searching the internet to see if any other writers build a world 'outside' of the story, I came across - ' Kami Garcia's' video.
I always use imagery in conjunction with my writing (can you tell? Tee hee), and on seeing Kami's video, I just had to share it with you.
I keep all of my storyboards on Pinterest HERE
(Warning - it's addictive! Please don't get lost. :o) )
#ACoPF ~ 'A Carpet of Purple Flowers' Series
Creating a Book Bible
A Writer's Companion
At the end of 2014, I discovered 'Outlander' (and Jamie Fraser ;o) ) by Diana Gabaldon.
I resonated with the author's thirst for knowledge and the way in which she deepens her a story by blending folklore and fact. A woman after my own heart. :o)
Diana released a companion for her saga, and yes I got really excited (the nerd in me), which shows the wonderful display of layers used to compile the saga, and, of course, the large tome immediately found a home in my bookcase. :o)
There can be so much information/research behind books that are not known to the reader. This information is usually left out as not relevant to the immediate story. This opens the idea of a published 'compendium', which I love, providing the reader with all of information/background, also providing a brief look into how the writer's mind ticks.