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· Maddy's Secret: The Search For Einstein's Lost Work

· Rigby's Roads

Short Stories
· 35 shameless reasons

· Stop and Remember Your Past

· Seizing An Opportunity

· My Progressions in Life

· Murder Mystery - A writer's high

· My List of 50 Things

· Finding a reviewer

· My Dyslexia

· Anatomy Of A Poem

· Hot Sauce - Gag Gift?

· Hot Sauce - How Hot is Hot?

· Hot Sauce – The Misunderstood Flavor Enhancer

· Las Vegas Mystery

· Nikola Tesla Timeline - Legend, magician, sorcerer

· Einstein and Tesla

· Da Vinci, John Lennon, Einstein have something in common.

· Book Marketing Ideas

· Flu Shot Rant!!!

· Pearls Of Wisdom

· Dreams of Intentions

· Whispers In Your Mind

· The Door I Want To Enter

· Why Can't I Find You

· Stop Asking Questions

· Cherish The Forgotten Memory

· The Dreams Within

· Because I Do Know

· I Miss You

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Maddy's Secret: The Search For Einstein's Lost Work

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Blogs by Michael Charles Messineo

Building your story and checking the dates
2/12/2006 5:00:22 AM    [ Flag as Spam or Inappropriate ]

Creating a time line of your story helps build your characters and lines up the plot.

After finishing my latest book, Maddy’s Secret: The Search For Einstein’s Lost Work, I decided to pull all my research together and post it as an article. The funny thing is that Maddy’s Secret only briefly touches on my original research of Nikola Tesla. Two years ago, after pulling together all the facts and dates and creating my own time-line I quickly discovered that for my original plot idea to work I would have to tweak the facts and twist a few things to make it work. But that was something I didn’t want to do.

When I write, one of the first things I do is create a time-line of my story. What year is it, what season, what news events surround the time in my book, how old is each character and when were they born. This helps me create my characters and the influences in their lives. When mentioning real news items of the past, it was important for me to be lined up logistically with dates and ages of the characters. In Maddy’s Secret, there are numerous references to past events and some brief references that were important to the story line that went back 100 years in time.

After creating a spreadsheet with 46 cross referenced dates that I identified in my story, it was now time to triple check each one so they lined up to each reference in the story. As it turned out, my main historical person, Nikola Tesla, died 6 months before my original plot line even happened. I quickly found a way to tie Tesla to Albert Einstein and created a hand-off of the plot that fit in perfectly.

Want to go for a ride? Check out my article, Nikola Tesla Timeline – Legend, Magician Sorcerer. This man has touched everyone’s life in so many ways.

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More Blogs by Michael Charles Messineo
• Continuing research for Book 3 - Saturday, July 11, 2009
• Not the blogger - Thursday, October 04, 2007
•  Building your story and checking the dates - Sunday, February 12, 2006  
• Contact me and expect a response - Saturday, November 05, 2005
• Peter Boyles says to put your face out there. - Saturday, May 08, 2004
• Capturing an opportunity - Thursday, March 18, 2004
• DynaMike - Monday, January 26, 2004
• Some poems are New Characters I am creating ... Not always me. - Monday, January 12, 2004
• Proactive plan - Wednesday, December 31, 2003
• Make your list and live it now. - Sunday, December 21, 2003
• Think Proactive - Friday, December 19, 2003
• Harley book signing - Sunday, December 14, 2003
• The Upcoming Big Test - Sunday, December 07, 2003
• First book signing - Saturday, December 06, 2003
• Why Didn't You Tell Me? - Friday, December 05, 2003
• The Book is NOT free - Wednesday, December 03, 2003
• Harley-Davidson Show & Tell - Tuesday, December 02, 2003
• Amazon sales Rank - Monday, December 01, 2003
• The PR begins - Sunday, November 30, 2003

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