Stories have SO MANY things to keep track of. Especially if you write fantasy. There’s character description and personality, locations, the history of your world, different races and what their capabilities are, etc. I could never hope to keep all that information in my head (and my books would be a mess if I tried). So how do I keep track of all that information? Through my own personal story wiki!
In my early writing days, I kept track of stuff like that by having a simple Word document that listed a few basic facts about each of the characters. But as my writing became more sophisticated and I had more information to keep track of, that became a lot less helpful. I didn’t want to waste time scrolling through a document to find essential information.
So I started looking into other options and found a software called Campfire. (Thankfully they had an outright pay and download version in addition to their subscription option, because I am very much NOT a fan of subscription models.) This lovely program allows me to create my very own wiki for my stories. One tab is full of basic information about the characters. Another holds maps. Another encyclopedia entries, where I list things like histories within the world that I need to be aware of. Another lists races. While The Genie Whisperer only has three races in addition to humans, there are several types of genies, and each had their own entry to help me keep track of their abilities.
I can’t stress enough how crucial having this wiki has been to my writing. One of the first things I do as I start my work week is pull this up, and I reference it again and again as I write. (Partly because I made the “creative” decision to have each genie perform their magic a little differently, so I need to make sure each genie does the right gesture to use their magic.)
However, the wiki is no replacement for having a good proofreader. Book two of The Genie Whisperer specifically states that Ocean doesn’t wear jewelry, as does my wiki. Yet I still managed to have him wearing jewelry in book three. Thankfully, my proofreader caught it and I was able to fix the issue.
Still, it’s an invaluable tool! Even if plenty of the information there will never be seen by anyone but me.