I’m writing a scene today where Portia catches sight of a suspect standing on the platform of a London tube stop, and I always like to watch this video when writing about that specific setting (and I’m very lucky such source material exists).
It’s from the 1930s, and hosted by the Kinolibrary Film Collections:
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?
Okay guys I could use some help from the blogger ‘hive-mind’ today. I’m looking for topics for my next few ‘One Fictitious Moment’ video shorts – what do you guys think?
Kat suggested a video about World-Building might be interesting… and I was thinking about an episode on ‘showing not telling’ because it’s something I am working on in my own writing.
If you haven’t seen the first two videos by the way, you can see them below in blog posts or on my YouTube channel here: https://www.youtube.com/user/onefictitiousmoment
I’ve been writing a few articles for various publications recently and as part of one of those assignments, I decided to create some YouTube videos about writing. This is the first episode, and it’s about how I construct a detective story. Hope you enjoy it!
As part of the IndieGogo Campaign to pre-order Jewel of the Thames, I have some videos to record. I’m working on the intro one now, but I need to record a reading of a scene from the book today as well. I’m thinking 3-5 minutes tops for these videos – right guys? Just enough to give potential audience members a taste, but leave them wanting more….