Warning: This is not a religious post. If you came here expecting a religious post, and are now disappointed, you may be excused and leave quietly. If, however, you are curious, I welcome you to read further.
Yes, I know, horrible me for making you wait. If I didn't, though, I'd have nothing to talk about today. Character Bibles. I keep them religiously (ahaha, I crack myself up some times). It has come to my attention that some people don't keep CB's. Other people don't even know what a CB is. This makes me sad and, as a good samaritan, I feel it is my duty to instruct you. What you do with the knowledge I'm about to give you is your choice. I pray you choose well.
What is a Character Bible?
A character bible is a reference, usually in the form of a journal (crazy collecting obsessions? Yep, that's mine), in which you keep a detailed description of characters from your works. Often this includes a characters name, age, species, hair/eye color, and (if applicable) social status. I usually list physical descriptions like height/body type. If they can shape shift, I will list their creature appearance as well, under a label like: "Dragon Form".
Why keep a CB?
Character Bibles are a wonderful way to keep up with little details about your characters. I tend to keep one for each story I write and include every character who makes any form of an appearance, regardless of how brief their part is. It makes it far less likely for you to lose track of the fact that in chapter one you named the bartender Carl, but when he shows up again in chapter ten you've forgotten and renamed him Lyle.
Before I conclude this post, I'd like to make a quick side note: it is a good idea to put each story your character has appeared in at the bottom of the page. It especially helps if your character is in a series, but is not the main character for the first x amount of books.
Alright, I'll give the soap box up and leave the floor open to your comments. Do you guys keep a CB? ~ D. F. Krieger