By Lucy Felthouse
Writing a series is something I put off for a while, because the idea scared me. I've been known to lose consistency in a short story, never mind a series of stories! But I knew I couldn't put it off forever, and now I'm writing two!
As I mentioned in one of my previous posts, I co-authored a novel with Lily Harlem, which was great fun. We very much just wrote and waited to see how it went. There was no planning, we literally just wrote and let the storyline and characters develop themselves. As a result, there are no notes or anything on that book. Which would have been okay... had we not decided it would be fab to write a series. We'd very much like to write about more characters from the same "world" as the first book, and so I'm currently in the process of reading through the first book and making lots of notes about the characters we're featuring in book two. Again, this is to make sure there are no inconsistencies, and so on. Also, the starting point for book two will actually be in a scene in book one, if that makes sense. Told from the new characters' perspectives, and so it's vital that any happenings and dialogue are exactly the same. It's proving fun, and I'm reacquainting myself with book one at the same time. Which is just as well, as we're hoping to see it released by the end of summer. Watch this space.
So I kind of muddled along when it came to series writing to begin with, but now I know what works for me I can continue doing it. Lots of lists and copious notes - my characters will not change hair colour in book three, honest! ;0)