Let’s talk about writing a book series

When it comes to ‘Brave’s Journey’, I’ve been a one book wonder for a while now. I’m not even sure I’d call it a wonder 🙂

While many people told me to write more books (because they’d sell better together on Amazon, or because they wanted to read more about Brave or True), I wasn’t willing to throw myself into that world again.

Not the writing world. I write for a living so I’m there every day. I mean the imaginary, fantastical world I needed to travel to in order to create more stories. In this case: Arvalonia.

It’s not that I didn’t like the world. I did. I do. It’s just that writing the first book. Took. So. long! And with life and excuses and distractions and awesome movies and chocolate and…

Anyway. Let’s talk about writing a book series.

Question: Just writing one book is overwhelming so how an earth should I approach a series?

Answer: Write the last book first

This sounds simple but it wasn’t. For one thing, I didn’t want to be inside Brave’s head anymore. This was a problem. Obviously, there were a whole lot of stories just waiting to be written in follow up to Brave’s Journey (Brave and True). How could I not be in Brave’s head?

But I wanted to get to know someone new. So that’s what I did. I wrote a first draft from someone else’s point of view, within that same world, but somewhat in the future.

How has that helped me consider other books in the series?

It’s been a breath of fresh air. Suddenly, all the decisions I’ve made about this character in the future gives me something to aim for. I know this character lives in a version of Arvalonia (the world where these books are based) that’s subtly different, almost the same but influenced by the myriad thoughts, dreams, successes and defeats, acts and failures to act, in between.

While it’s still a mammoth task, it’s refreshing to have an end game for once. I’m a ‘fly by the seat of my pants’ type writer who rarely knows the ending of her stories before they slap her in the face.

And who knows, perhaps this ‘last book’ won’t end up being the last. Perhaps it too will spring forward to inspire another series of books? (Although I feel a bit dizzy even thinking about that). So let’s talk about writing that book series now…

Now to write all the other first drafts in between…

Coffee and Mojo is needed.

Post-caffeine thought for the day: Do you think J.K Rowling wrote her last novel first? I’m sure she at least had an idea of where it was all going. Is this the way you write?

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