Self-Publishing is a series of posts that follows my desperate attempts at developing, writing, and eventually self-publishing my own book. Follow along if you dare, or if you are just really bored.
I’ve talked previously about the desire to turn my story idea into a series of books but I haven’t delved into how long this series is going to go. I have always been a fan of series because I love a large over-arcing storyline and watching as the characters change over a long period of time. What I DON’T like is when a series goes on for too long. I don’t want to go into specific series because even though I don’t like how a series goes, those writers are much more talented then I am. With that said I’m sure most of you have a series that you followed where it seemed like a book came out where not a whole lot happened.
My goal in determining the amount of books was determining what I needed to happen in the story. As the first book was being outlined I had a specific ending in mind and I knew in order to get to that ending a lot of different things needed to happen. In my series there is more than just a single character so I needed to make sure that I had a place that I wanted each character to be at the end of their storyline. From there it was filling in the blanks.
Now I might make it sound simple enough but in all honesty this process kind of kicked my butt. One of the characters was very easy to plot out a series of events for, the others I struggled with. Not due to a lack of ideas but more-so making these events mean something to the character and making sure they came naturally to the story. This wasn’t a one day process, or even a week/month long process. This is something that is still being revised to this day. I am to the point now where I have a general idea of how long it will take to tell an over arcing story that does all the characters justice and that is…7 books.
7 books seems like a lot and in some ways is & is not. As I continue to tinker with the later outlines there are things I have added and things I’ve had to modify or remove completely. With that said I do have a beginning, a semi-clear middle, and a clear ending. Now I just have to write it…