In Me and Rupert Goody,
I drew a sketch of the inside of Uncle Beau's store. I needed to see
where the old couch was, where the cash register was, where the door to
his room was, etc.
In Taking Care of Moses, I drew a sketch of Randall's neighborhood - where his house was, where the church was, etc.
In How to Steal a Dog, I sketched the town - where the school was, where Carmella's house was, where the abandoned house was, etc.
In my upcoming novel, Greetings from Nowhere,
I sketched the motel, numbering the rooms and marking which characters
were in which rooms, where the swimming pool was, where the flagpole
Those little sketches were a valuable tool to
keeping the setting consistent and for helping me to remember to drop
in some references to setting from time to time.
They helped me see if the movements of the characters were logical and if all the action "works."
They are also much appreciated by copyeditors (even if they snicker).
(Recycled from 2/5/08)