How do you map out a timeline for your stories?
It’s no secret that I don’t outline my novels much, especially during the first draft. I just hit the keyboard running. Usually if I realize I have a timeline issue in the middle of the first draft, I just put bracketed notes regarding it as a separate paragraph and keep going.
I’ve tried a few different ways for timelines in my stories, with the method I use most often being a simple bullet list. I just list the events in the order that they should happen, often with little notes regarding the time frame and who was mostly involved. I’ve also used sticky notes and index cards for events, being able to shuffle them around easily enough if I change my mind about when something happened.
Then of course there are stories that involve flashbacks, foreshadowing, and time traveling… Those can be a little trickier.