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How to Organize your Writing Ideas

by Victoria LK Williams

Do you ever get a feeling of déjà vu when you're talking to somebody? In real life this can embarrass you, but as a writer it can also be very confusing to your reader. This has happened to me a few times, but I’ve caught my mistake before it went any further than the pages of my story. Keeping your character’s activities and personalities consistent is essential for a well-crafted manuscript.

flower, book, feather, ink

Now image you must keep track of more than one project.

I find when I write multiple series at one time my imagination flows, but my work demands I stay focused when I’m writing. That conversation I thought I had? I did; but with other characters. And the character I so easily called by the wrong name is a character from a different series. These are common mistakes I've made, and I know there are more. They can quickly get out of hand when I’m writing multiple series. However, for me, the benefits of writing more than one series far outweighs these little mistakes that can be caught and fixed.

Using Scrivener to Organize my Writing Ideas

using scrivener

When I write in multiples, it keeps my word count consistent. If I find I'm stumped on a scene or I can't quite get to the research I need to finish, I can easily push one to the side and work on another. I use Scrivener and this helps me tremendously because you can write by scenes and chapters. Scrivener allows me to move from one project to another as the ideas come. I find it’s easy to fill in where I need to, according to the mood.

Using a Series Bible to Organize my Writing Ideas

Another lesson I've learned to help me jump from project to project is having a Series Bible for each of your series. This is essential, especially as you get deeper into each series you write. Most writers are thinking of scenarios constantly, and if one doesn't fit in this book, it might fit in another. So why not write out your thoughts and insert them while they are fresh on your mind? Rather than waiting until you finish this book and increasing the chances of losing that thought or passage forever. In a society geared on multitasking, this is an excellent practice to begin. But only start a Series Bible if this method feels comfortable. If you're the type of writer that needs to write the entire story out at one time tweaking as you go, then this method might not be good for you.

In your Series Bible, (using a notebook, program on the computer, or storyboard) you to keep track of your characters; their likes and dislikes, physical appearance, their mental capacities and anything else you consider important. Also keep track of the settings; where each scene is taking place, characters new to the series as they appear, personal interactions between characters. The list goes on and should be specific to your books. For instance, I write a cozy murder mysteries and I like to keep track of each method of kill; how does my main character solve the puzzle uniquely so none of my books have the same ending.

Use your Series Bible to write ideas as they come to you, outlining each new book in the series ahead of time. You may find the ideas you come up with are better suited for another series. Either way it’s important to get the ideas down in some form. After you've gotten the words written, then it’s easy enough to put your thoughts into a different Series Bible.

using series

Some people do better with a huge storyboard, outlining the same information where it's visible to them always. There are also many programs for computers to carry out these goals. Even an Excel spreadsheet will help your writing process. Whichever method you use, be sure to keep your Series Bible updated as you go along and refer to back to the information. There's nothing worse than calling your main character a blue-eyed beauty, only to find out in an earlier book you gave her green eyes. By having this information at your fingertips you’ll find it easy to check your facts.

No matter what method you use, if you’re comfortable about putting your important information in one easy to use location, then it will be worth the time spent.

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Now Arriving: Sister Station Series #1

Victoria LK Williams

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Sarah Skipton knew that her granddaughters needed a drastic change in their lives, but would they be willing to accept her challenge?
To leave behind a successful career and home was a lot to ask of anyone. But Paige and Rebecca agreed to a short-term trial and headed for their childhood home of Skipton. There they would take over the family business and Sarah's dreams for the old train station.

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Murder For Neptune's Trident...A Citrus Beach Mystery (Citrus Beach Mysteries Book 1)

Victoria LK Williams

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Love to Curl up with a Good Mystery?
Who killed JJ Travels? What does it have to do with Neptune's Trident?
A simple errand for a client leads Megan Cassidy into more trouble than she could have ever thought possible.

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SCENT OF A MYSTERY...A CITRUS BEACH MYSTERY (Citrus Beach Mysteries Book 2)

Victoria LK Williams

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Re-Edited!!
The Adventure Continues...
Megan & Barney survive Hurricane Arlene, and in the aftermath Barney unearths an unusual mystery. A man declared dead years ago is living outside of Citrus Beach, with a price still on his head. Megan tries to unravel his story, but there is a catch, and they have to act quickly before his killers try again. And this time they might succeed, killing anyone who might get in the way: be it a inquisitive redheaded Gardener or a playful Beagle!

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Murder at the Geo-Cache...A Citrus Beach Mystery (Citrus Beach Mysteries Book 3)

Victoria LK Williams

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Charity work is murder!
​It shouldn't be, but for Megan, a charity event turns horribly wrong when she and Aiden find the body of an old friend in the barn.
As they begin to investigate, a puppy is found with a vital clue, leading to a hidden stash of cash and a desperate killer.

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Run-A-Way for Christmas: A Citrus Beach Mystery (Citrus Beach Mysteries Book 4)

Victoria LK Williams

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Christmas and children go hand in hand.
As the holidays approach, Megan and her beagle, Barney are finding children in the oddest places. But these are children aren't from the families of Citrus Beach-they're from a gang of runaways.

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Now Departing: Sister Station Series #2

Victoria LK Williams

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The Skipton sister's, Paige and Rebecca, have settled into a routine with their new home, friends and challenges of turning their grandmother's dreams for the old railroad station into reality.
But just as things become comfortable, the past interrupts each sister's plans…

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Pocket Guide for Florida Landscaping

Victoria LK Williams

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LANDSCAPING IN SOUTH FLORIDA DOESN'T HAVE TO SCARE YOU!
Are your ready to landscape your home? This easy to read guide takes you, step by step, through the essentials steps to install a new landscape. From beginning to end, the procedures allow you to properly evaluate your yard and make the right decisions on how to get started.

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The Flapper Caper: A Citrus Beach Mystery (Citrus Beach Mysteries Book 6)

Victoria LK Williams

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Old Cars, Old Costumes, and an Old reason for Murder...
Megan and Aiden, along with Barney, are back to solving murders, and this one makes friends out of foes.
New characters arrive at Citrus Beach to help solve the mystery, working along with the town's sleuths. While Megan has her hands full with one zany writer, Aiden, tries to keep the new lawman on the right path.

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