I started revisions on TCH last night! Yea me. I only worked on the first two paragraphs, and after having to go back to chapter after chapter, reminding myself of who and how everybody was related, I decided I had better put it down in one place.
I suppose experienced writers have already learned this very important lesson. I just did. I spent hours on my Sinclair and Crichton family trees. After that, I searched the web looking for pics of actors/people that resembled my characters, and made a separate "casting" sheet, if you will. This way, as I progress into revisions, and onto the next books, I can try and keep from having conflicting info (i.e. hair/eye color).
My next project is going to be a historical timeline. That will also keep facts from getting misconstrued. Let me just say that I am learning and evolving on a CONSTANT basis.
I tried to do one of those character charts on each individual, however, it was a bit daunting. I think as I write, I may do one on each main character as I get to them in revisions.
These are things that would have been nice to know about when I started. But seeing as how I was writing just for the fun of it, and NEVER actually thought this story would turn into a book (and then a few more), I didn't even give it any thought.
Hind sight....it is truly 20/20.