Yes, I know it's Wednesday but imagine you're reading this yesterday :)
I'm writing a mystery and thinking I was on the home straight with very little book left to write, it was a shock when a brick wall appeared, I ran into it and bounced off. This happened when all the major characters gathered together. They'd started off together, then gone their own ways, but eventually meet again. It would be unnatural if they didn't do a bit of catch-up with each other - a lot has happened since they last met.
It's been so long since I started this story and during revision there have been major changes. I've lost the thread and the plot.
So, I want to look at what each character knows, and what they cannot possibly know at this point. I need to fill in the gaps but not rehash the whole story otherwise the reader might go to sleep. So, I think a little table will do nicely, with the following info on it:
* each of the characters involved
* what each character knows
* what each character doesn't know
* what the reader knows at this point
* what the reader does not know but needs to know.
The table should make it clear what information the characters need to drop in their chat together so the reader is fully informed.
Agatha Christie was great at doing this. She made it easy for herself though by having one character who carried all the information and who usually did the resume at the end.
How do you keep track of what your characters do?