We’ve talked about the new year in a couple of posts here. Elizabeth asked what you’re waiting for? Nancy suggested everyone get ready, get set, and set goals. So what am I doing? I am getting serious about my series. I’m taking my first Margie Lawson on-line course: Getting Serious About Writing a Series. The instructor is actually Lisa Wells (not Margie), but I’ve heard a lot of good things about the courses in general.
We are just getting started so I haven’t gotten into the real meat of it yet. Lesson 1 was on the Series Bible format. Done. Some of the other lessons deal with the connections, overall timeline, planning the ending, and writing a synopsis that encompasses the entire series. I’m thinking there is a lot of work ahead of me this month on my series.
I know I need to fix the overall timeline. I have two different characters with the same name so that will have to change. I want to tweak the conflict in all of the stories so that they align with each other and form an overall story arc that encompasses those conflicts. I also want a satisfactory ending of the series that ties up all four books (but I want the books to stand alone, too).
A couple of looming issues that I need to fix are also in there. Three of the stories have crime (stalking, drugs, trafficking, money laundering) but one doesn’t. One has some rather serious violence, but two don’t have any. I think the stories should all be similar in what I give the reader because it’s like a contract with them. The fourth and final book in my series is actually the start of a new series which is something else I’ll have to work out – how to close out one while starting another and aligning the subgenres with the original series and the second one. Yes, that is a lot of work.
Are any of you writing a series? What tools do you use?
Have any of you taken Margie Lawson courses? What were the best ones?