As we moved along in the edits, we found that there were some inconsistencies along the way. I had recently read an article in my RWA magazine about a woman who wrote a series and the reader who caught her mistakes. I didn't want to be like her. Writing a series you can forget even the smallest details, and later be called on them. So, my sister and I devised a plan, one that seems to be working, and one that is giving me a chance to read the book along the way. I have to say, I am so proud of how the book is turning out!
Yes, this has been a long adventure, but one that is coming to fruition. My goal is, and has always been, to launch a series that when you read it, you cannot tell it was self-published. I want the writing tight and concise. I want the details to take you there, and I want to make sure that when I say a 'black car' that two books later the car is still black, not another color by accident.
I don't know if this would help an author writing a series, but I would like to share with you our outline in the hope that it will give you ideas when you set up yours.
- Set up a graph with the characters names, attributes and personality traits along the top.
- The side bar will be the chapter numbers. Under the numbers put things like the timeline, such as what day it is, and things like full moon ect...
- Under each name write what is happening to them in that chapter.
- Split the chapter with each scene change and write again under the characters involved in that scene.
- Make sure to have all characters involved, including a dog for instance.
That is pretty much it. As you create more characters, especially when you move to the next book, you can add them to the graph. When we are finished we will print it out and put it on the wall in front of us so we can see any issue we come up with.
This series has become a large undertaking, but well worth it. I have been reading the book as we implement the information onto the graph, and I have to say, the book sounds awesome! I think you will enjoy it too!
Until next week, I hope all of you have a wonderful weekend. We do have a few guest lined up and I will be working on one of them this weekend. She is a wonderful writer and lives in the UK. I hope you welcome her as you have with my other guests. I have to say, my blog followers are the best!
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