As I mentioned in my last post, I am taking a Margie Lawson (Lisa Wells) online class about writing a series. One of the lessons was about the series connection. Lisa had four choices of series connection: the really big book series, the linked sequential series, the linked stand-alone series, and the loosely connected stand-alone series. Lisa likened the really big book series to a family saga television miniseries. I can’t think of any series that I’ve read that have to be read in order, a component of the really big book series. The linked sequential also have to be read in order. Again, I can’t think of any like this that I’ve read. I concluded that most of the ones I’ve read are linked or loosely-connected stand-alones.
Nora Roberts does a lot of linked stand-alones. Most, if not all of her series conform to this. The Key Trilogy, Three Sisters, the Cousins O’Dwyer and so on, have a stand-alone story with its own conflict, its own arc, but then there is an over-arching plot as well. Loosely-connected stand-alones seem to be more Lisa Kleypas style, although NR also does this. LK’s Wallflowers are lined by their friendship, but there is no overarching plot. NR’s Bride Quartet also conforms to this set up, too, with a group of friends who run a business together.
Originally, my series was a loosely-connected stand-alone. In doing the homework for the course, I realized that there are connections that I might be able to turn into a linked stand-alone. But that will require more sitting and thinking and I have been doing enough of that lately and not enough writing. Decisions, decisions. I’m off to think more about my series.
Do you read series? What type do you like? Why?