Recently I was talking with another author about how we organize the information about each universe we write in.
Well, I’m a linear thinker so I’m all about the charts. Character names, physical traits, species, et cetera, go into little boxes. This is a great quick access tool.
If you’re not into charts, try keeping a binder full of the scenes that describe your characters. This way all you have to do is hit print when you want the information. This is also a great way to tap into a specific character’s way of talking or thinking.
A third option is a character question and answer. Here’s an example:
What’s your name?
Why aren’t you in love?
What are you afraid of?
Make your questions as interesting as possible to get your creative juices flowing.
Whichever way you keep track of your characters, remember: it’s important to keep track of your creation but more important to make that creation. Don’t ever let the upkeep of your universe get in the way of bringing your world—characters, places, and all—to life.