Hey guys, Rose here.
This entry was months in the making, argh. I originally had this set for a date at the end of January, but as you can see: it’s nearly the end of May. After weathering many delays and technical problems, I finally uploaded a new tutorial in my Getting Started with Liquid Story Binder XE video series. This one is #7 in the respective series, and builds measures around constructing a Story Bible within the Liquid Story Binder program, alongside using the Checklist feature as well as Mindmap feature.
This video is probably the longest running one in my respective series so far (clocking in at about 22 minutes!), but it’s full of some concepts that will give you food for thought on how to use dimensions of this program. If you’ve watched all of the other videos in the series, this one is definitely worth looking into in sequence. If you want to see previous tutorials in the series, you can navigate to the Liquid Story Binder XE Tutorials tab that I have on my page and either click on the videos there or go to my YouTube channel.
To make this entry a little more than just posting the video for your perusal, I’m going to add some additional notes in the post to serve as food for thought.
First things first: Creating a Story Bible is entirely optional in the LSBXE program. You don’t have to do it, but at the same time, a Story Bible is a very valuable writer’s tool. It’s used to plan and shape stories, many screenwriters use it for with respect to creating the realms for the series they shape and for keeping consistency in such stories. You’ll find if you do use one, it can help manage dimensions of your story much easier. If you’re a planner, I mention in the video that it’s very helpful, but in retrospect, I think a Story Bible can be useful for discovery writers as well – the difference would be when you decide to use it. Planners are likely to use a Story Bible before they do the full on writing experience, Discovery Writers would likely use a Story Bible AFTER they get everything written and need some help shaping and making sure things are consistent in the world they’ve created.
In the video I talk about certain dimensions that are common within crafting a Story Bible, which include establishing characters, settings, background information of the story, among other dimensions. Note the categories I create are not necessarily ones you have to follow to the teeth. You may have fewer or more categories than I feature here, depends on what you wish to examine within your story.
I cover only just a touch of things that I did with my Story Bible here – a few categories such as my Pitch, Story Summary, and Character Links (including a revisit to the Jump Words feature of the program). The project I feature in this program are selections from one of my original works, a WIP I featured in 2010 called “The Dark Jumper” – a YA sci-fi/thriller about a boy from the future who permanently relocates to another time, and somehow inadvertently thwarts a time traveling serial killer from the future. The measure ends up making him a target of said serial killer, and threatening the time-space dynamic of things. I’ve actually used this same project through a few of my other tutorials in the past as well. I may use this project or another one in the last video of the “Getting Started” series to show you how some of the elements of the program come together, as well as answer some Frequently Asked Questions you guys have sent me about the program (including one very useful question I just got from a user on how to adjust font size in a Planner, among other windows of the program!)
So this is my latest video for the week – if you have any questions, concerns, comments, suggestions – you’re welcome to comment on the video or here on the blog directly.
That’s all for this week’s Writer Wednesday feature. Next week – I’ll have another video series in the Liquid Story Binder XE tutorial series up for feature and an excerpt from a YA novel I’m reviewing the ARC for soon – “To Be Maria” by Deanna Proach.
Until next entry,