Efriend Sacha Black interviewed author Jillian Davis and asked about the tools she used to build her story. Sacha wasn’t asking whether she used a computer or pen-and-paper, rather what literary tools-such as character profiles and timelines. I found myself nodding my head over every one Jillian mentioned.
But I wonder how many people use the sort of tools I do. When you Google pictures of writers, you often get something like this:
I’m more this:
Let me share my writer’s tools and tell me if you do the same:
I pre-draft in a spreadsheet. It’s about a dozen columns and hundreds of rows. I often rearrange the rows as a plot point changes and add rows to enhance detail. When I’m done with this pre-draft, I convert the spreadsheet to text and start the editing process.
Here’s what it looks like:
I fill out an extensive…
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