For instance, when Sally was introduced in chapter 1 she had shining blue eyes that looked like a mountain lake. Somewhere about chapter 22, her eyes were green as emeralds, and by the closing chapters they are deep blue like the sky before the sunsets.
Yep, been there, done that.
What about this one? John in chapter two suddenly became Don in chapter 17.
Or Sarah worked for Mr. Smith in the beginning and Mary for Mr. Jones. Somewhere along the way Sarah switched employers and Mary disappeared completely.
Then there is having a string of characters whose names all start with the letter M.
I’ve done or seen all of the above.
When we have many characters in multiple novels, how is a writer to keep them all straight and consistent?
This is an editor’s tool to help check for consistency. I learned about it while taking an online editing course and loved the idea so much I now create one for each of my novels as I write them. It is document open at the bottom of my screen I can pop up anytime I describe a character. Each character is listed alphabetically by first name so at a glance I can see when I am creating too many characters with similar names. I can check their specifics so eye and hair color don’t change, and no one looses or gains five inches.
I also use the miscellaneous notes at the bottom of the style sheet to keep track of any special fonts for my print versions, and a style sheet allows me to trace other important details needed for consistency.
Download the blank one and try it out. See if style sheets might work for you as well.