I figured I'd have to do a lot of work reminding the readers of backstory, and giving character descriptions again, and all of that. And it turned out to be really easy. I needed only about half a paragraph to drop in the backstory, and my editor cut out most of the character/setting reminder descriptions, said they weren't needed.
The toughest part for me is keeping the tiny details straight. Just the other day I was writing a line and had completely forgotten the color of someone's eyes. And while I am in desperate need of a bible which keeps all these facts together, alas I'm only one person who still works full-time and simply have not had the time in between deadlines and promo to get one together.
I'm also trying to figure out where to start... the next day? the next week, month, year?? How did y'all decide?
I But another series writer gave me good advice: To give yourself time between books if you can; and to change things up by introducing new characters and new settings into the series.
My big head scratching, nail biting concern is - what are my chances that editors are gonna let me do what I want with it? Is it likely they'll have an agenda all their own and tell me where they want it to go?Also, when a publishing house buys the MS, are they gonna want to see synapse, or outlines of my next 1,2,3 stories? Or is it much more likely they'll have a wait-and-see-how-it-sells attitude?
Carrie R. my gut feeling is that once you've worked out your plot you'll know where to need to start your story.
Hi from a newbie This post caught my eye because the issues are happening in my current wips (mad writing in working on several at once...) Two of my wips have what are probably companion books, but they have virtually nothing to do with the first book, other than being in the same world (different settin) and having a few cameo appearances, cross-over of events, that kind of thing. Whereas one wip is attempting to be a YA trilogy.....if I can't pull it off (and my critters have promised to set me alight with a flamethrower for this) then it will just be one novel. I love reading series and trilogies above standalone books because I get to see characters develop, I like how the central plot twists so much from beginning to end. Writing them - well a series is okay, but I'm very daunted about writing a trilogy. However, I have good encouragement, so I'm just going to see where it takes me (I blame the characters completely for wanting more of their life to be told).
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