Chrysalis: Emerging Women Writers

January 7, 2011

Keeping Track of Time

Filed under: Resources,Technique — Lisa Nowak @ 9:32 am
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It’s important to have a clear sense of the passage of time in your book, but that can be difficult to do from notes. I find it easier to have a visual cue, so I use Excel to create a calendar with squares large enough in which to jot down major plot points. There are calendar-generating programs available as well.

You can also find calendars for past years online, which can be convenient if you’re writing historical fiction. The website below allows you to create calendars which include holidays and phases of the moon for different years in various countries.
http://www.timeanddate.com/

Here’s a PDF of a blank Excel calendar page that you can print:¬† Blank Calendar

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2 Comments »

  1. This is great! Thanks!

    Comment by Roxie — January 7, 2011 @ 5:34 pm

  2. I’ve made calendars for years… to give to people. Then a few months ago I realized I needed to keep track of time in my novel. (I think from a comment made in the group, or someone’s blog. Duh! I already had the technology to make any calendar I wanted. So the spring of 2003 was at my finger tips, and I found a couple of great holes, a mistake in plotting, and was able to keep on track for the rest of the novel. I now know that calendars are essential plotting tools.

    Comment by Elisabeth Miles — January 7, 2011 @ 8:39 pm


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