Creating a Calendar for Your Novel

Legend has it that Jane Austen used calendars for the years in which her novels were set to make sure she was accurate about dates, days of the week, and also to help make sure she was making sense of her timeline.  

Well, dear reader, you can do this too, whether it is historical fiction, or a modern mystery, try out this calendar making tool to get the dates right and even the moon phases.  After all, if your antagonist is planning a murder, she won’t want a full moon!

https://www.timeanddate.com/

  1. Select “Calendar Creator” from the “Calendar” drop down menu.
  2. Fill in the fields
  3. Oila! 

You can download it as a PDF and write on it the old-fashioned way, or make a spreadsheet by transferring the data.  Then when you plot your story and think about story present, you will know what day it is, what season, etc.  You could use this calendar to keep track of weather as well.

Infoplease has a perpetual calendar that will let you look at other types of date keeping and see what happened in a certain year between 1900-2014.  https://www.infoplease.com/calendar

What other tools do you use to keep track of time in your books?

Published by Robin Henry

Independent Scholar and Book Coach specializing in Historical Fiction and Literary Fan Fiction.

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