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|Last Hussar||18 Jul 2015 3:55 p.m. PST|
My next book is going to need me to plan the timeline, in a way that the first didn't – I need to plan the various relationships and incidents in the two lives of the lead characters.
I DONT want to buy expensive software. Any suggestions?
Ideally something like a whiteboard with magnet approach
| Editor in Chief Bill ||18 Jul 2015 4:32 p.m. PST|
sounds like project management software…
|45thdiv||18 Jul 2015 6:40 p.m. PST|
Use the columns to keep track of the days, weeks, months and then the rows to track your characters.
You can then build reports that show how and when they overlap.
|Mad Mecha Guy ||19 Jul 2015 8:42 a.m. PST|
Tried using Gantt Charts?
Gantt Project (free sotware) ganttproject.biz
Is designed for project management.
|Last Hussar||19 Jul 2015 5:01 p.m. PST|
Thanks for the suggestions.
I'm downloading Gantt, however at the mo I have a Excel sheet. Down the middle (Col D) is Event date, to the left (Col C) is day of the week. On the left is Male lead event, and his age, ditto right for female lead. Col E gives years before book end (the last chapeter is written), and then I added ages of their respective kids when I realised that would be relevent
Its a pain in that if I add a line in, because I didn't leave enough lines between events, I have to drag-fill the equations in.
Its a bit jury rigged, but it allowed me to spot 29 Feb 92 was a Saturday – the ideal date for the chapter that contains this line
"I can see why you'd be cold…" he heard himself say, while he marvelled at his idiocy. Of all the things to say to a naked woman on your doorstep ‘You must be cold' was not something he would have chosen as his first response.
|freewargamesrules ||21 Jul 2015 10:54 a.m. PST|
|Last Hussar||03 Aug 2015 6:36 a.m. PST|
Thanks for the links. Tried yWriter on and off in the past- found it a bit too clunky and awkward. Currently looking at Plume