I’m about to head off on my great August adventure – meeting my brand new niece and then touring around with Portia Adams – so if YOU or any of your FRIENDS are in the fine states of NY or VA, please come down and say hi !
Also, if you could alert your friends in the area to these events I’d be much-obliged!
I’m working on a new episode of One Fictitious Moment (check out the first four episodes here) and the topic I’m researching is how to write a series.
Here are some of the tricks I keep in mind when writing a story that is part of a series:
Always remember there is a larger story-arc and try to keep pushing it along at regular intervals.
You have to give people a reason to read the next book. It doesn’t always have to be a cliff-hanger, but there has to be a reason to come back.
You don’t have to retell the stories prior to the one your writing right now, but you may need your characters to ‘remember’ certain events if they are significant to the current story. A flashback or a quick memory written on the page can work.
Remembering all your little details is really important as is all the foreshadowing you need to drop in so that by book 4 your reader smacks their head and goes “Ohhhhh!” – thanks for these two tips Amy from Inkcouragement!
What are some of your best tricks for writing a series?
If you’re a curious person like me, you live for a good whodunit. You’re someone who actually times themself while watching an episode of Monk/Bones/Elementary for how long it takes for you to solve the case (personal record: 8 minutes in). You might even be the type who when reading a mystery novel skips ahead to the back to confirm your deductions, too impatient to actually read through all the way to the conclusion.
Ok, maybe that’s just me.
But, if you are in that minority of humans who enter into otherwise normal conversations with an unnatural suspicion about hidden motivations then it might be time to channel all that into a really good detective story.
Besides the usual advice for writing genre fiction – for example to voraciously read/watch as much as you can from the genre you’re trying to…