Writing a Series? Plot the Series Arch from the Beginning.

Excellent advice on how to make the overall story hang together.

Author Amie Gibbons


I got into a discussion yesterday about writing series; the other writers in my group were blown away by the idea that I’m planning 15 books in my Gods reality.  They all write stand alone novels, or maybe one that could lend itself to a sequel or a trilogy, but an entire series thought up at the beginning?  I think the word they used was ambitious.

But that’s what I’ve always done.  I started my first book, ‘Parata’s Shadows,’ planning on it being the first book in a series (Sphinx).  I have such an attachment to series and connection of characters over years, I’ve already come up with ways for my different series to tie together later on even though they are in completely different magical realities. (I can pull it off though, my first series is about reality jumping witches 🙂

I have this dream of all 3 series running…

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About Thomas Weaver

I’m a writer and editor who got into professional editing almost by accident years ago when a friend from university needed someone to copyedit his screenplay about giant stompy robots (mecha). Having discovered that I greatly enjoy this kind of work, I’ve been putting my uncanny knack for grammar and punctuation, along with an eclectic mental collection of facts, to good use ever since as a Wielder of the Red Pen of Doom. I'm physically disabled, and for the past several years, I’ve lived with my smugly good-looking twin Paul, who writes military science fiction and refuses to talk about his military service because he can’t. Sometimes Paul and I collaborate on stories, and sometimes I just edit whatever he writes. It's worked out rather well so far. My list of non-writing-related jobs from the past includes librarian, art model, high school teacher, science lab gofer… Although I have no spouse or offspring to tell you about, I do have six cats. (The preferred term is "Insane Cat Gentleman.") I currently spend my time blogging, reading, editing, and fending off cats who like my desk better than my twin’s.
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