Timelines are highly versatile and can be used in a multitude of ways. For example, if you are more of a pantser than a plotter, you could create a timeline to plan as much or as little of your novel as you like, choosing dates, times, or events to keep you on track. Or maybe you’d like to plot a chain of significant events affecting your story, such as a royal family’s rise to power, critical battles during the course of a war, or even the order of clues to be shared with the readers of your murder mystery. The uses are endless, so brainstorm away. In fact, here are a few additional ideas:
You can also reorder the points on your timeline by using your mouse to drag the boxes, giving you an excellent way to play around with how a story might unfold. So give your timeline a title, add a point, and see where the story takes you.
An example Timeline of Lord of the Rings is shown in the following image. To create your own Timeline go to My Workspace , click the New button and select Timeline.