At last weekend's New England SCBWI conference, I attended a session on World-building. It was about how to create worlds for sci-fi and fantasy novels, worlds like Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings. As part of this discussion, someone asked about creating bibles for these worlds. My first thought was "bibles?" I had never heard of that term outside the context of catholic church and in truth my next thought after "bibles?" was "Sunday School?". I admit I was curious and intrigued. Why was this not something that was taught in my fours years as a Writing, Literature and Publishing major at Emerson College? Is it a new concept? One that developed in my 7 years since leaving Emerson? Or did the professors just forget to mention it? I guess I won't really know the answers, but as they say "better late than never."
A book or series bible is a collection of facts about the book(s) your writing. It's away to help keep the information and story consistent from one chapter to another or one book to another. Here's a list of sections to consider for a bible:
Blogs are whatever we make them. Defining ‘Blog’ is a fool’s errand.