Earlier this past Saturday, I promised in my Behind the Scenes: Draft #3 DONE post that I would elaborate more about my Writing Tip: the style sheet, and provide links to free resources. So, here we go!
While going through Draft #3 of my WIP: V.Chronicles this past year, I fast discovered I needed to get more organized with my notes. I was changing place names, phrases, keeping certain words italicized, and numerous other details to create my WIP’s world. But how do you keep track of so many changes while you continue revising?
Being a do-it-yourself kind of person, I scribbled all my notes into a Word doc and attempted some organization to keep track of things. But as the list of changes grew, and I kept having to refer back to those notes, it took more and more time to find a specific note when I needed it, and keep track. That’s when I learned about this gem: A style sheet! I had created my own messy version of one without realizing it, but an organized one is so much better! It’s a great tool for writers, and here are some reasons why:
- You can group names and other nouns in one place, making it easy for you to refer back to as you revise your work.
- Specially italicized words, and any phrases specific to your book, can be grouped and kept neatly in one place, so you can be sure you won’t forget them.
- When you hire an editor or have a friend read over your work, you can hand them this nifty style sheet. They’ll be able to see which specific words should always be capitalized, or italicized, and also how unique names are spelled in your story’s world.
If you’re like me, and have many changes and revisions to make, I advise you take a look at this style sheet by Sue Archer on her blog post (scroll down to the link at the end). You can download the PDF free there! And Sara Letourneau has a differently styled revisions sheet here.
I hope this is of help to any of you writers out there. 🙂 Keep on writing!
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