September 04, 2011

Battered Barbies

I was on GoodReads recently talking about "Pet Peeves" and one of the things that came up was how jarring it is to find continuity errors while immersed in a good story. I mentioned that one of the ways I keep up with characters' clothes, positions and injuries while writing or editing is with Barbie and Ken dolls. 

When a character sits, stands up, lies down or turns their back -- so does their doll. Clothing is removed/replaced as needed. Injuries are painted on with highlight markers and removed with alcohol wipes. 

Here's a shot of Channie and Josh's dolls after a rather violent scene in "Finding Valor" I'm not going to say too much about the injuries, except that Channie and Josh did NOT do this to each other! I don't want to give anything away, but I thought you might get a kick out of seeing the lengths I go to just to keep things straight.

I'd love to know how other writers maintain continuity with their characters.