When writing a novel, especially an other-world fantasy, which is what I am currently working on, things can get confusing. If you don’t organize some of the information, you can easily find yourself naming two minor characters the same name or changing the color of a character’s hair mid-way or forgetting the name of that other-world herb you mentioned a few chapters back.
There are lots of ways to organize information about characters and places. I also included definitions, for people writing fantasy or sci-fi, because writers in those genres make up a lot of things that they have to name and describe. This is just the way that works best for me.
I use Evernote for organization. It’s a pretty simple program to use. I have a Notebook Stack, labeled with the title of my novel. I have Stacks for each novel, which is especially helpful when writing a series. All of your characters, places, and definitions are in the same place for multiple novels in the same series. Under the Notebook Stack I have Notebooks labeled the items I wish to organize. Examples could include: Characters, Places, Definitions, Family Trees, Background Information, World Building, etc. Whatever it is you want to organize can be included. For the current novel I am working on, I have three Notebooks so far: Characters, Places, and Definitions. In each Notebook, there are Notes. So then, each character has their own Note. Information, including images, can be included in Notes.
Evernote is available online so you can have it anytime, anywhere, and you can also download the program to have on your computer. How do you organize your information?