It’s no secret that readers LOVE series’. A standalone is all fine and good, but nothing makes me happier as a reader to be able to follow characters from book to book. It’s like catching up with old friends, and there’s comfort in the knowledge that even when one book ends, the story isn’t really over. There will be another book, and maybe another, and your love affair with the fictional people you care about can last just a little bit longer.
As a writer, I love series’ just as much because I invest so much time and care into my characters that it’s difficult for me to say good-bye to them as well. On the flip side, writing a series is a time consuming process that takes a lot of forethought and planning … two things I’ll admit I’m not always good at. As a pantser (for those who don’t know a pantser is a writer who literally writes by the seat of their pants and just lets things happen), I tend to be impulsive. I’ll often start the first book in a series without giving any thought to what the goal is by the end of the last book. I know some of my friends who are plotters (people who outline everything before writing) are cringing as they read this, but we all have our process. I envy people who can plot because they seem to have their stuff together. Meanwhile, I’m chasing wayward characters across the pages and trying to make them behave. Sometimes, though, they like to do their own thing. Of course, every action causes a reaction, which means there are consequences.
However, for me, that’s the fun part. Being a person who doesn’t plot or plan means I can let the characters have their say and do what feels true to them. In that way, I find myself writing toward an ending I never saw coming … and as I always say, if I don’t see it coming, neither will the readers. It’s why, I think, I’ve been able to create so many huge, twisty moments in the Bionics Series; because I don’t allow myself to be confined to a set plotline or idea.
Yes, writing a series does take some planning. There is a basic framework that includes setting (where does your story take place?), characters (who’s in the story), how many books will there be in your series (sometimes this can change, especially if you’re flexible and don’t try to cram too much into one book or stretch them out into too many). All of these things are important, but the awesome thing about fiction is that there are no rules other than the ones you set … and as the author you reserve the right to change them at will. When you look at it that way … well, the possibilities for development are literally endless.
THE BIONICS SERIES by Alicia Michaels
SPARK (Book 4)
(New Adult or YA Mature)
(New Adult or YA Mature)
EXCERPT FROM THE BIONICS:
About Alicia Michaels:
Ever since she first read books like Chronicles of Narnia or Goosebumps, Alicia has been a lover of mind-bending fiction. Wherever imagination takes her, she is more than happy to call that place her home. The mother of two and wife to an Army sergeant loves chocolate, coffee, and of course good books. When not writing, you can usually find her with her nose in a book, shopping for shoes and fabulous jewelry, or spending time with her loving family.
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