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Have you decided that your novel should be a trilogy? Or even a series? Jenny Bravo from Blots & Plots to the rescue! She gives out tips to help write a great series, even if you are a pantser.
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It’s stressful enough to plan one book, let alone a whole trilogy. As a pantser, the idea of sitting down and mapping out an entire world for several books makes me want to give up right then and there.
And yet, here I am, writing a trilogy. So, what’s the deal? First of all, you should know that I didn’t plan a single second of this. I wrote my novel, These Are the Moments, with the intent to wrap it up in a nice bow and be done with it.
But what I didn’t expect was how much story was leftover for my secondary characters. Two powerhouse women characters with major flaws and big, unfinished stories – Reese and Vivian – were ready to step up to the stage. So, I’m letting them.
How can you write a binge-worthy book series? Here’s what I’ve learned so far:
Know The Heck Out of Your Characters
The first thing that popped into my brain when I thought about writing a trilogy was my cast of characters. Here are a few questions to ask yourself before we dive a little deeper:
- Have my characters completed their arc?
- Where is there room to grow for these characters?
- Will the story continue with my current main character or will it shift POV’s?
- How can I build on what I’ve already created for these characters?
- How will the relationships shift and change?
For me, I decided that my series lent itself best to the idea of a new main character with every book, that way I won’t get bored, and hopefully, the reader won’t either. How can you make decisions about how to continue with your current characters?
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