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Tuesday, October 23, 2012
Welcome Sharon Ledwith!
A very informative article by the talented Sharon Ledwith!
it. If you’ve written a great book filled with equally great characters,
readers will want more. Much more. And the sooner the better. Then, you start
to panic. Sweat drips off your face and onto your keyboard. You’re committed
now. Legions of readers are waiting in the wings for your next installment.
most important thing to remember in creating a series for any genre is to
connect the dots, create a common thread to tie your individual stories
together into a nice, shiny bow at the series end.
Not really. Read on…
First: Make sure your characters have
enough problems going on both individually and together to carry through at
least five books. The entire series needs to get from A to B to Z dragging your
characters along (sometimes kicking and screaming) until, by the end of the
series he or she or they need to come out changed. They need to have shown
growth, they need to have evolved through the course of their adventures.
Second: Don’t put any elements into your
first story that you don’t want to live with through five or more books. It’s a
long haul to drag unnecessary fillers such as a troublesome pet, a psychotic
boyfriend or an ongoing health problem for the ride. Like they say, “Use it or
Third: Don’t solve the big mysteries or
resolve all their problems in the first book. Too much, too soon. The idea is
to hook’em with that first book, and get your readers begging for more. Your
characters should still have dreams and goals and ambitions to work toward
through the length of the series. Oh yeah, and as you do answer the burning
questions and resolve the terrible conflicts, make sure you replace them with
additional—hopefully more serious—ones.
Fourth: Remember—it’s all about building
relationships between your characters. Throw obstacles their way and create the
necessary tension between them to get your readers to care about them. It’s all
about the journey and how they work together to resolve their problems. You
want readers to be as invested at the end of the series in how that
relationship is working out as they were in the first book.
Fifth: Keep a series guidebook stuffed
with all the vital information on your main characters— and recurring side
characters. The color of their hair and eyes, their brother’s or sister’s
names, or any allergies is vital to log. Believe me readers know when something
is amiss and will call you on it.
Sixth: Make sure you’re writing a
series for the right reason—because you love your characters enough to tell
their story over a period of years to come. And hopefully, that could be a
long, long time.
is the author of the middle-grade/YA time travel series, THE LAST TIMEKEEPERS,
available through Musa Publishing. When not writing, researching, or revising,
she enjoys reading, yoga, kayaking, time with family and friends, and single
malt scotch. Sharon lives in the wilds of Muskoka in Central Ontario, Canada,
with her hubby, a water-logged yellow Labrador and moody calico cat.
When 13-year-old Amanda Sault and
her annoying classmates are caught in a food fight at school, they're given a
choice: suspension or yard duty. The decision is a no-brainer. Their two-week
crash course in landscaping leads to the discovery of a weathered stone arch in
the overgrown back yard. The arch isn't a forgotten lawn ornament but an
ancient time portal from the lost continent of Atlantis.
Chosen by an Atlantean Magus to
be Timekeepers--legendary time travelers sworn to keep history safe from the
evil Belial--Amanda and her classmates are sent on an adventure of a lifetime.
Can they find the young Robin Hood and his merry band of teens? If they don't,
then history itself may be turned upside down.