Anonymous asked: You suggest a timeline a lot but how would one actually look like?
You can do timelines several ways. One is to actually draw out a line and plot dates on it.
You can make them online at sites like this one or in a program like Liquid Story Binder.
Liquid Story Binder does a table timeline, but if you don’t have the program you can do one in your word processor. It might look something like this:
Timelines can be as simple or as complicated as you want them to be, especially if you do a table timeline which allows you to break the information up into categories as above.
You can also manage multiple characters or multiple plot lines by stacking timelines:
You can even do a timeline in outline form if you want. It might look something like this:
I. Act One
- January 3 - Marcia arrives
- January 5 - Ted steals car
- February 8 - Marcia and Ted elope
II. Act Two
- February 17 - Fire at cabin
- February 18 - On the run
- February 19 - Marcia shot in leg
- February 20 - Ted and Marcia escape to Mexico
III. Act Three
- February 24 - Ted arrested
- February 25 - Marcia sees Ted
- February 28 - Marcia arrives in U.S.
- April 7 - Marcia leaves for Ontario
In truth, there’s no right or wrong way to do a timeline. You can do it in any format, any style, in any medium you want. Some other ideas to try:
- buy a composition notebook and draw a horizontal line across the middle of each page (in the same place) to create a horizontal timeline you can flip through
- use index cards to plot each date/event, then keep them together in an index card box or tacked onto a bulletin board. You can also tack a long string against the wall and clip the index cards to the string using clothespins.
- buy a piece of poster board and do a giant timeline and hang it up for easy reference
- buy a composition notebook or pocket notebook and use each page to plot a date and event
- buy a scrapbook with blank pages, use each page to plot a date and scene or event, and include any relevant scene notes, inspirational pictures, song lyrics, etc.