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Writing A Successful Book Series
By Ginger Laroy   
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Last edited: Saturday, February 20, 2010
Posted: Saturday, February 20, 2010

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Writing a successful book series is a cinch when you know the ropes.

 Writing a successful book series is a daunting task.  It is a  big puzzle that takes  tons of planning.  A little planning goes a long way.  You must know the end before you write the beginning .  So long as you know what you’re aiming to achieve with the series and where it’s going you will succeed.  . Otherwise, if you’re stuck halfway through and don’t know what to do next you’ll surly  flop. 


KNOW WHERE THE STORY IS GOING

Before you begin writing the first installment you have to determine the characters’ desires and where they’d end up at the end.  You have to know all the ins and outs.  To help you keep the details of the storyline and characters straight, keep documents of notes on your computer that you title, “What’s Really Going On.” Also, each book as it follows the structure. 


MAKE A PLAN, AND PACE YOURSELF

It is important to know where the series is going from the very start. Whether you’re writing a mystery series or even a series that is more relationship- or school-based, it’s important to know where the characters will end up at the end.

 Outlining is your friend!  Also, you want to make sure to stagger what happens in each book—you don’t want to load up one book with lots of twists and turns and conclusions and then have nothing to talk about in the next book. It’s all about pace and keeping readers wanting more.”

 DEVELOP COMPELLING CHARACTERS

Like all stories, a series relies on winning characters and an intriguing setting.  he great thing about a series is that you get to develop characters in deeper ways that you might not be able to in just a stand-alone novel.  Your main character can have a variety of love interests.  In every new installment you should show something new; even if it’s who not to go out with!.  This type of writing allows you to flesh out minor characters, too, and make them bigger stars. You have the opportunity to create a rich, highly detailed world.


LET THE STORY ROLL

One thing about it; you can’t afford to suffer from writers block when you’re creating a series.  Series can be up to 2,400 pages or more, and new installments are dew every six months or so. Which boils down Bottom., you must be certain that you have more than just one book in you. I think series are more suited to writers who are okay with writing massive volumes of material over a relatively short amount of time.



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