The Pros and Cons of Writing a Series
Happy Monday everyone! And what a wonderful Monday it is. Why? You ask? Well, I got a sneak peek at the final product for LACRIMOSA yesterday...and I can honestly say that Compass Press out did themselves. IT IS BEAUTIFUL...
Which leads to today's post. Okay, not really, but it is related to LACRIMOSA and the entire series.
I often get asked when sis I know this would be a series, to which my typical response is extreme laughter! See, this book was never supposed to be a series. Not even close. And it was certainly not a three book, one novella and two short stories kind of a series either. At least not until it sold as such.
See, I didn't want to write a series. Not at all. I think writing series are hard. They often deteriorate into the world of the cliche. And this is NOT something I wanted to happen to LACRIMOSA or that world. But, when I spoke with my publisher about the storyline, she said the SAME THING every one of my betas readers had said...
DUDE! THIS IS A SERIES!!!
Guess I needed to get comfortable with writing a series—and quick!
But how? For me, it started with figuring out the things I was most worried about with a series. After brainstorming, talking with some of my friends, and talking with my loyal teen group, I identified the following areas of concern with writing a series:
- Many series have a strong first book, and weaker, cliche, or repetitive follow up books
- Retelling backstory—over and over and over
- “Forcing” the storyline beyond what it really is
- Lack of story continuity (and the feedback from readers that this isn't always a good thing)
- Switching POVs to a new character or characters
- Lack of linear storytelling
In the end, I decided I wanted to include the following things in the Requiem series (and NO, I am not including any spoilers here):
- A full storyline that steers clear of the cliche
- Crafting each story to stand-alone to some degree, without retelling backstory over and over
- Using novellas and novelettes to bridge between the stories and introduce alternative POVs without losing the continuity of the series.
Man, this is tough. Beyond tough, actually. But I can honestly say I have enjoyed the process; enjoyed stretching myself as an artist.
Will I be successful? No idea. I guess all of you, my readers, will be the final judge. I can only hope you do!