As a writer of fiction, you know you’ll know how to write a book that can incorporate the thousands of ideas stuck in your head. The urge to tell more stories never ends, even after you publish your first novel. Of all the stories you wish to tell, there is always that one story that is worth converting into a book series. From extensive research on the deep characterization, learning how to write a book series also requires immense planning and thinking. Knowing exactly how to structure the book series is the critical part, even if you have the whole series pre-planned or make it up as you release one novel after the other. Here’s a quick guide on how to write a book series.
Choose the right story concept
The first thing you need to ask yourself is whether your story can be stretched into multiple books. If your story cannot be stretched, don’t stretch it. One of the most important things about writing a series is identifying the right genre and themes that work well. For example, fantasy, adventure, and mythology work the best, when it comes to a series. Most of the best-selling series have all been from these genres. Romance, on the other hand, doesn’t work that well. Most contemporary romance writers keep their novels short and crisp because when stretched, this specific genre may not be that interesting to your audience.
When you decide on the genre of the book series, do a little research on the many novels that have used that genre. This will give you an idea as to how to start writing the story so that it can be stretched into a series.
Decide on the plot structure
Whether you are going to write a trilogy or 20 sequels in the series, the primary objective is to decide on a plot structure and a plot outline. This way, you can define the topics covered and the themes you will explore in each volume of the series.
Also, as a first-time book series writer, it is always best to restrict your book series into a trilogy. Three is that secret number that always works; it’s neither too much nor too little. If you plan a plot structure that stretches across three novels, you’ll have an easier time figuring out how you’re going to write the book. Remember, the best way to streamline your plot and create better chances for a series to materialise is to know how to format your book.
Plan the end ahead
Sometimes, planning the end of a particular novel in the series ahead of time can be helpful. Knowing where you are going to stop will help you construct the story well and make sure you are not stuck midway.
This does not necessarily mean that you must have the end of every scene planned ahead. For starters, divide your novel into chapters, create a rough draft of each chapter and figure out ways on how each chapter connects and builds the story. You will ultimately understand how to finish the series. With your rough draft ready, it’s time to convert it into a complete manuscript. While readers love suspense, as it makes them curious, make sure that the suspense is not forced into your story.
As you can see, most of these book series have been written over a long period of time. With concentration, perseverance, passion and creativity, any good writer can write an amazing book series. Once you’ve created the first book, approach a reputed self-publishing agency to start promoting your work and generating buzz for the follow-ups in the series.
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