Monday, May 23, 2016

Writing A Series - Friend Or Foe?

I thought I'd blog quickly about writing my first series. Yes, I did say first. And I'm only two books in. But I'm writing this because it's new and still new and it strikes me there are distinct pluses and negatives.

The Good
1 Yey. You get to meet beloved characters again. How good is that? You get to explore characters who stayed on the periphery yet winked at you beguilingly. Double yey! I say, hold me back.
2 If people liked your other books then they have an added incentive to buy your book natch. Triple yey. And isn’t that just a biggie?
3 It’s a bit like climbing back into a cosy, toasty bed made up with favourite sheets and comforters. You know it felt so good in there and you know before you begin why you love it so much! So pull back those sheets and jump inside! Surely past experience isn’t lying?
The Bad
4 The angst. What if you fail to deliver? What if the characters don’t flow like they did in the last one? What if what if what if? And again what ‘neurotic’ if!
5 The pressure. People liked that book. It got praise! What if they hate this one? What if I make a pig’s dinner next time? This one’s different – eeek, again you’re filled with woe.
6 Can you keep delivering books at this wordage? At this pace? Will you dry up? Aaaagh.
The Ugly
7 Um what if I’m getting sick of them. And what if they whispered tales to me that I just can’t rise to when I need to put fingers on keys?
8 What if I stretch myself as a writer as a result – pushing new limits. Breaking new boundaries. Perish the thought!!! What if a series is the next step in developing. Hush my truth-pushing mouth!
Unfortunately the above, now that I look back on it, seems like a bit of a negatives over positives. But please believe me when I say pish and tush I love a series. I’m new to it but it’s great – like a wonderful vista promising untold adventures. It gives me structure. I find comfort in going back to a world I know and love. I also like nothing better than fleshing out characters who’d dazzled in miniature.
I also love reading series books most of all so I guess I’m a committed fan. Which boosts me in the conviction to try.
So in summary – writing a series brings comfort and familiarity to the writing journey but there’s still no room for complacency – just because you know the characters or location doesn’t mean they’ll be kind, easy to work with or the stay will be pleasant for both parties.
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