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    Genealogy Software for Keeping Character Timelines Straight

    Discussion in 'Software' started by Catrin Lewis, Jun 4, 2014.

    Trying something new: using the genealogy software I already have to keep my characters, their relationships, and their life events straight. Having brought up a preview of the Events report for one of them, I'd say it looks promising.

    I know some writing programs can do something similar, but why not use what you've got?
     
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    Interesting. I've been using an EXCEL spreadsheet.
     
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    I ended up getting Aeon Timeline to keep track of my character's memory history. It's a good tool and not expensive.
     
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    I'm old fashioned. Paper and pencil for me.
     
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    I'd really love to get some software that could map my character's relationships, whether family tree or otherwise. Any suggestions? Does any writing software have this integrated?
     
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    I found XMind pretty decent. Using their template for the Org Chart I have created the timelines for characters and connected different events in their life when more than one person is involved...
     

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    You can easily create family trees in ancestry.com. I don't see why it cannot be fiction.
     
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    What'd be funny is if somebody thought they recognized one of their ancestors and wanted to contribute to your fictional character's tree. :supergrin:
     
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    Oh, but I did try to use one of those online family tree sites to create a family tree for my character. The site I used has the option to keep it private.
    I was censored, though. The character's family tree has direct cousins marrying each other and the site didn't allow that. :D
     
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    WriteItNow5 has this. It is very helpful with timelines, relationships, tree outlines for characters. I use it daily and love it. Look for it to be on sale, I think I got it for 19.95, it is usually 40.
    The scene outlines are also very helpful. You can map pretty much everything you want with it.
     

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