Tuesday, 30 June 2015

Fictional Romance writers - how do you organise your plot timelines?

For the Scrivener fictional writer and authors out there

How many of you use Aeon Timeline with Scrivener?

Aeon Timeline: http://www.scribblecode.com

I’ve been using Scrivener for years and recently wanted to learn more about it and found a blog a while ago (the exact name lost to me know), but in the comments, someone mentioned Aeon Timeline.  I’d been wanting to work out how I could use Scrivener to help me plot the timelines for my novel so this new piece of software intrigued me.

I searched out the website and trialled it and have now purchased the software.  The best part for me is that it syncs with Scrivener and is really easy and intuitive to use (well, after I watched a few quick tutorials).  I love the visual it gives me of how many days have passed since, for example:
Scrivener:  http://www.literatureandlatte.com

“Craig I’ve told you I don’t like you that way.  You are a friend, but I’m sorry, our relationship won’t every be more than that.” Sera regretted being harsh, but Craig wasn’t taking no for an answer and his actions towards her to go out with him were getting more and more aggressive.  Maybe she should stop coming to the gym and start avoiding him altogether?

However, in the chapter previously, Sera had been kidnapped and wouldn’t be going to the gym anytime soon.
This is quite obvious to you as you read it here but if you are the type of writer, like me, that writes a scene or chapter as the muse takes me, I can jump around my manuscript quite a bit.  I’m always moving and re-moving chapters as I change my mind on the order of events.
This is where Aeon Timeline helps me out because I can just look at the timeline and review the order of the chapters and events at a high level without having the re-read everything.  Of course I’ll do that during my edit phase, but when I’m in a buzz and just spilling out the ideas during planning and 1st draft it’s a massive help.
Aeon Timeline is viewed easily by Groups, Characters and Date/Times

This is just the tip of the iceberg for what Aeon is capable of as it can also help organise events into groups and keep your research.  I’m still learning best ways to work with these and see how it all syncs with Scrivener, especially as Scrivener is also so powerful and you can make changes to Aeon by changing values within Scrivener and vice-versa.
Scrivener holds all my research, notes, ideas, chapters, targets and since with Aeon - Brilliant!

Basically I think the combination of these 2 applications are awesome and are making my writing life easier and faster to get the writing from my head to the internet.

How about you?
Do you have a way of keeping your events in order?  
I’d love to hear about other ideas of what works and what doesn’t in the comments.

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Happy writing to all the writers out there and Happy reading to all the romance readers