In TV a story bible is a document that contains a detailed description of the world, characters and background of a story. Most novelists, I suspect, build story bibles in their head as they work. I know I always did. That’s often fine. But sometimes it helps to hammer out details other than narrative as you go along or even in advance. If you’re writing a series, for example, it’s always a good idea to set down repeat characters and locations in a document outside the actual book. That way you can refer to them as you work on a new instalment.
I suspect that in future I will create a story bible for everything I write. It’s an engrossing habit once you adopt it, and can save a lot of time in the end. So let’s look at a simple way to get a story bible off the ground. And to help you there’s a Scrivener template at the foot of this post you can use for yourself.