Tuesday, October 18, 2011
On series and stand alones
How do you plan a series? Do you know when you start writing that you're going to continue the story? Or are you like me and write your first book and realize you have more story to tell?
My first book was a stand alone. Although, I want to re-write it and I have an idea for a companion novel to go with it. Not a sequel though. Those characters have had their fun. Someday I'd like to torture their children. ;) That sounds morbid, but I swear it's not! lol
Let's skip my second book and head to my third. I wanted it to be a stand alone. When I got to the end, the story kept going. Kept calling me. So, someday I'll write a sequel to it. Because those characters have more to go through. More story to tell.
My fourth book I really wanted to be a series, but I put it away for a while. You all probably remember BOUND. The one I had a really hard time writing. It's on the back burner and I may or may not go back to it.
My fifth, I started as a stand alone. I had no intention to turn it into a series. But, like my third, I realized there was more story to tell when I finished. I'd love to visit that world again after I finish editing it. And after it hopefully sells. Maybe. You just never know. I've actually never started a sequel. I've outlined a few...(as far as my outlining goes...) but I want to make sure the first book sells before I start writing a sequel. Maybe that's stupid of me, but oh well.
My sixth book I'm working on right now, well, I'm only at 5000 words, so I have no idea if it will be a series or not. Right now, I'll say no. But, that usually changes judging by my other books I've written. HA! :)
So, how do you decide if you want to write a stand alone or a series? I'm curious!