If you’ve been reading my blog, you know I love to write with a spreadsheet. I’m still amazed by how helpful I find the tool and that I still find new ways to use it.
One of the columns in my spreadsheet lists objects. Originally I put this column in to make sure my scenes weren’t empty sets. I also list smell, sights, and sounds for this purpose.
Sometimes with the objects, I’ll use the object in a later scene. Like an innocent little baseball bat. The list reminds me to check what I’ve placed in an earlier scene and see if I can use it in an inventive and unusual way in a following scene. Like an innocent little baseball bat that’s not so innocent.
I knew all this. What I discovered this week is the object column can also help me find errors.
In one scene I have two characters eating lunch together. I list a fork. Later in the scene, I list a spoon as an object. But wait! I’m writing about the same character eating the same meal, so why has her utensil changed?
I went back in the scene and discovered I’d changed the utensil. Silly, but unnoticed when I read the scene without listing objects.
I love discovering new ways my spreadsheet can help.
Let me know if you use a spreadsheet and how it helps you write.
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