For all you writers, aspiring or experienced, below is a link to a great story continuity check list from National Novel Writing Month to refer to. Thanks to Stephen Nelson for suggesting and providing it.
Camp NaNoWriMo Tip
How often have you read a book or watched a television show or movie and noticed something wrong?
I don’t mean errors in spelling or misnaming a character.
It could be a character’s physical appearance has changed like having a mustache in one scene and not enough time passed since the previous scene to grow a full moustache.
Does a character wear different clothes in the same scene or chapter without an explanation?
I find a “cheat sheet” helpful when I’m writing. I use a Word document with the essential details of each character.
I was surprised at the number of times that I referred to it when I write. It saves time when editing as well.
The headings and descriptions I use are as follows:
|Character’s Full Name (Maiden Name) if applicable||This could include adopted name or name legally changed.|
|Age||Birthdate, age at the start of the novel or when certain characters meet.|
|Place of Birth||Useful when it explains customs and traditions a character has. Maybe the character immigrated and when to what region|
|Married||Name of Spouse and maybe the wedding date|
|Occupation(s)||Past (if applicable) and current occupation|
|Hair Colour and Facial Hair||Hair colour: Blonde, brunette, black, salt and pepper, grey, natural colour, dyed what colour, full head of hair, bald, thinning, beard, goatee, mutton chops, mustache|
|Body type||Tall, short, weight etc|
|Markings and Location||Tattoos, moles, liver spots, scars|
|Fears||Give the fear and why they might have it.|
|Hobbies||What are they and how they were introduced to them. Did a family friend or family member get them interested in them?|
|Wish||Something they would put on a bucket list to do or are unable to do.|
|Sense of fashion||Depends on the era they live in and what their income might be. Are they influenced be others?|
© Stephen Nelson 2020