23 May

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.


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4 responses to “Timelines

  1. DouglasWTSmith

    May 23, 2017 at 9:26 am

    I like to use rough dot points. Sometimes while you’re writing, if you glance at the dot points it can keep you on track.
    Timelines can be difficult especially if you’re taking your protagonist on a journey over seasons. It is difficult but I like to write my thoughts and edit the timeline after to make it align with everything.
    That’s how I usually do it βœŒοΈπŸ˜ƒ

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    • Kris P.

      May 29, 2017 at 10:59 am

      Sounds like my outlining style — bullet points, usually after writing down my initial thoughts into a first rough draft. πŸ™‚

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  2. Marvlyna

    May 24, 2017 at 10:06 am

    Thanks for this one! I have been writing my own books and the timeline is what I find hard to do… this does help out though and if I keep typing it usually works itself out! lol. Thank you again!

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    • Kris P.

      May 29, 2017 at 11:02 am

      Glad my semi-rambling seemed to help! πŸ˜€ Best of luck with your books!



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