Wednesday Aug 23, 2023

The Novelist’s Guide to Timeline, Plotline, and Character List

Nobody wants plot holes or character inconsistencies, but it can be daunting to resolve these big-picture issues without the right tools. In this episode, we share three essential practices to help fiction writers create compelling and cohesive stories: timeline, plotline, and character list.


In conversation with author Mike E Reynolds and his BPP editor Valeri Mills Barnes, listeners will learn the difference between these three tools and how exactly to use them with real, behind-the-scenes examples from Mike’s own writing process. This conversation also includes insights for any author who may be writing fiction based on their real-life experiences. 


Mike’s novel, Darkness Dwells in Dixie, won silver in the 2023 IBPA Benjamin Franklin awards. Click here to get your copy! Connect with Mike at his website,, or on Instagram at @mereynoldsbooks. 

Valeri is our Head of Fiction and Acquisitions Editor at Berry Powell. To connect with her and learn more about Berry Powell Press, visit our website here and follow us at @berrypowellpress on Instagram.

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