A story bible is one of the most important things I create when I’m working on a large project. As I’m laying out the next story (or more likely “stories”) it’s important to ensure the details stay consistent throughout the entire adventure.
For example, what colours are the heroine’s eyes (assuming there is a heroine) and do they change from blue on page 3 to brown on page 258?
And is the main character only 5′ 10″ or did he grow an inch over the last 246 pages?
I’m sure you see what I mean. The lack of consistency would be a problem and you folks would be the first to let me know.
To prevent this, I’m creating a story bible – a massive document all by itself – that has all these details.
Here’s An Example Of Something In My Story Bible
Money is one of those things that can trip you up quickly – there was no Central Bank back about 12,000 BC (give or take a few thousand years.)
My preliminary notes call for:
- Atalan: 1 gold coin
- Atal: 1 silver coin half size of gold coin
- At: 1/4 size silver coin
This may change but it gives me a base to set up things like a market place, trade between countries or even paying off traitors (should there be any.)
And The Story?
The story is being laid out and I’m enjoying myself with it. I know where it’s supposed to end but I’m not sure how it’s going to get there.
An analogy would be to having a map when you’re driving on a trip. You know where you want to go but you have a lot of road-choices to make to get there. I’m exploring my road choices now.
The story itself will be consistent because of the story bible.