If You Can't Find It, Make It
Ever since I transitioned from panster to plotter, I've been searching for a great workbook to organize all my writing in. Before MS Office, Google Docs, or The Cloud was a thing, I had pile after pile of loose leaf paper or old spiral notebooks covered in random notes. It was a disjointed and hard to follow system which didn't translate well to actually formulating ideas into coherent story arcs. When digital documents became an option, the notes fell into some semblance of order, but it honestly wasn't much better than my old notebooks. After the internet exploded with numerous and easy world-building programs, I gave them a try. There are some definite pros to the programs I've tried, yet none fully covered what I needed a Series Bible to contain.
I've searched Etsy, dozens of templates designed by best-selling authors, and combed just about every workbook offered on Amazon. All were lacking. Well, you know what they say: if you can't find it, make it.
So that is exactly what I did. I have my own system I've followed for the last couple years that seems to be working wonders for me. Not only does it keep all my setting information organized, but I can quickly flip to any little tidbit I need to refresh my memory mid-sentence and keep me consistent throughout a series. I still keep an eye out for new offerings on various sites, hoping someone would come up with a similar system that I can purchase with one click and save the hassle of designing, printing, clipping, and assembling myself, but to no avail.
While lamenting this lack to a friend of mine, it occurred to us this highlighted a community need and so we have embarked on a mission to fulfill that need. I will be leaning heavily on my own system to create a product which others can use to help them on their writing journey. However, I understand my method may not be the best for everyone, so to cover as many bases as possible and provide the best options for writers, I'm asking you, dear audience member, to answer a short questionnaire about what would best suit your needs and method in a Series Bible. I would appreciate any feedback you can give.
As we're still in the planning stages, I'm not sure yet how I plan to offer the final product. The options are many and depend on the overall feedback and final size of the Series Bible. I will keep you updated on how this goes. Until next time,