#writetip I don’t know how anyone writes a novel without spread sheet. The more I write, the more columns my spread sheet contains.
What I’ve discovered writing my third novel, Burnt, is that I needed to add two new columns. These columns are helpful if you are writing a mystery novel.
One column is used for clues to solving the crime. This means the reader knows the clues, but the main protagonist might not. This is especially helpful if you write from multiple points of view. If not, you probably don’t need this one.
The second column keeps track of clues the main protagonist knows. This ensures the character doesn’t mysteriously know something at the wrong time.
For a more detailed description of my complete spread sheet and how I use it, please see:
- Keeping Track of Three Novels (kristinastanley.net)