DEVELOPING THE STORY

WRITING A SERIES – THE DECISION TO WRITE A SERIES

As a fiction writer the decision to write a series should not be made lightly. Writing a series is different from writing the standalone novel. It is a commitment to a set of characters and a pledge to portray them and their story through the series with the same diligence and enthusiasum as the first novel. Writing a series is a marathon not a sprint. With a single novel there is the beginning, the middle...
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DEVELOPING THE STORY

WRITING THE SERIES – THE TIMELINE

As a fiction writer I have spent a lot of time learning the art of writing, including how to write a series.  It was not as easy as I thought it would be. There is more to it than simply having a good story: there is developing a character across several books, finding a setting that offers enough variety and deciding on the proper timeline. Today I would like to discuss timelines. What is...
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CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT

WRITING THE SERIES – THE CHARACTERS

THE CHARACTERS There are many decision to make when one sits down and begins to write a series, one of the most crucial decisions is who should be the characters.  It is important to write a character(s)  you believe the reader will find worthy of investing their time in. Reading a series is a commitment, your character must be someone your reader can relate to or route for. That’s not to say that the...
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DEVELOPING THE STORY

WRITING THE SERIES – THE NEED FOR BACKSTORY

For those of you who may not know, backstory is an integral part of most novels. Backstory is the history of either the character or the story itself. Each previous book in a series is backstory for the next. The question is how much backstory does the reader need to know to fully embrace the book they are reading. Where and how to include the backstory is a balancing act for many writers. I...
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