I just thought I'd share one of my favorite writing tools. I tend to write series, so I end up needing to keep track of lore and timelines. I'm still looking for something to help with timelines, but I've found something perfect for keeping up with lore, the physical appearance of characters, employees of companies, places, etc.
It's called XMind. Basically, you input all of the information as information trees that collapse and expand. So I can have a tree called 'races' and keep track of who's a werewolf, who's a vamp, etc. Plus under their name, I can keep track of other things like vulnerabilities, alliances, and the like.
Anyway, if anyone has a good 'timeline' type of tool, please share it. Or any other tool that you've found that helps to keep track of various things in an efficient or helpful way.
Spreadsheets can be nice as well, but XMind is a lot more flexible, IMO.
It doesn't work for the way that I like to do timelines, though. I like the linear layout of timelines and I find XMind to be more bubble/cloud oriented.
Well, the nice thing about it is that you can build certain parts of the tree, and make 'relationships' to other parts. Or complete a section and then just copy/paste it to another link.
My biggest problem is that I also have soooo much information, and half the time I can't remember things like, "what the heck did I name that stupid ghoul?" or "wait, where were they in colorado again?"
I needed the cross-reference badly, since I waste soooo much time going back in my manuscript, trying to remember or find stupid little bits of random information.
The characters live their lives in my mind, I simply document what they do. Disobedient buggers.