Last year I wrote about how you can use Scapple to quickly plot your next book and a lot of you liked the idea.
Now for those who are looking for something more feature rich, including an option to sync your plot directly into Scrivener or Ulysses, I suggest you check out Aeon Timeline.
This is my favourite plotting and planning tool and the one I use to plot not only my fiction, but also my blogging content schedules.
Aeon Timeline was developed by a writer who couldn’t find a user friendly plotting tool for writers. So from a discussion with other writers Aeon Timeline was created.
In my video above, I give you a quick demonstration on what the software allows you to achieve much faster than hand writing onto Post-it notes.
The day I first came across Aeon timeline I was wrapped.
I’d been searching for a way to record all my character info. I especially wanted a way to view how the characters related to locations and then how both characters and locations related to the timeline in my story. Three (3) years on and I'm still using Aeon Timeline on a daily basis.
I use it for both my fiction writing and also for planning. Yep! That’s correct, you can also use Aeon Timeline for planning events, blogs, projects, book launches - loads of other writer and blogger stuff.
Aeon Timeline is brilliant for brainstorming fast. The process is to create an 'event' for each blog idea you have and just list them down.
Then you go through them and categorise them to suit your blog and your thought process. I use these categories:
You can create your own within Aeon Timeline to suit your own...
If you like a minimal view of your timeline in Aeon Timeline simply remove the dates from the Event view.
Your dates are still on the Event, you just don’t see them in the main Timeline or Relationship view unless you expand the event to see all details.
1. From your opened Timeline
2. Select Display
3. Untick “Show Event Dates”
4. Save, and you are good to go
Happy Timelining and Happy Writing!
The day I first came across Aeon timeline I was wrapped. I’d been searching for a way to record all my character info, to view how the characters related to locations and how both of these items related to the timeline in my story.
Three years on and I am still using Aeon Timeline on a daily basis. I use it for both my fiction writing and also for planning. Yep! That’s correct, you can also use Aeon Timeline for planning events, book launches and your Blog’s Editorial Calendar – loads of writer and blogger options.
Aeon Timeline is brilliant for brainstorming fast. The process is to create an ‘event’ for each blog idea you have and just list them down.
Then go through them and categorise them to suit your blog. I use these categories:
You can create your own to suit your blog and then simply sort your blog ideas. ...
Aeon Timeline is my 1st and only choice to brainstorm and outline both my fiction and non-fiction writing. I use it for my blogging calendar as well as project planning for course launches and for my fiction series.
A tip I’d like to share today is the Relationship View feature.
Your timeline view is great for getting your ideas out of your head and into the software, but once you have that a quick self-edit is very useful before you start writing, either syncing with Scrivener or Ulysses, or whatever your writing method of choice is.
Filter your scenes by ARC, using the Group By icon and you can quickly see any anomalies.
Coffee Shot is NOT an ARC it should be a location
Plus, I’m a bit light on the Romance for a Romance novel
Keeping track of your characters can be tricky, especially if you are...
I am loving Aeon Timeline, just loving it. I can outline quickly and easily and then sync with Scrivener and Boom! I’m writing my next novel.
How about you? Are you a PLOTTER or a PANTZER? My routine use to be to handwrite an outline and draw lines for how the characters would meet and mingle. There would be loads of post-its and Fluro highlighter. I’d feel super proud of my creation and then I’d start writing the 1st paragraph and immediately I’d think of a change, a major change. Like that scene where they first kiss (I’m a romance writer), should be swapped with that other scene, that actually I think I’ll cut altogether.
Plus I don’t think the hero should be called Hunter, he should now be called Brock. Hmmm, there goes all my timeline planning and notes. It’s really not that easy to make changes to a hard copy, is it?
Do you ever come across...