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The awesome co-hosts for the April 6 posting of the IWSG will be Megan Morgan, Chris Votey, Viola Fury, Christine Rains, Madeline Mora-Summonte, L.G. Keltner, Rachna Chhabria, and Patricia Lynne!
After my most recent series binge, I found myself thinking more about writing a series - which led me to wondering: How many authors accidentally stumble into writing a series - stretching a successful first "standalone" book into a previously unplanned series? Or how many authors always start out by planning to write a series from the moment they begin writing book one, page one?
My current w-i-p took root from an idea for a standalone novel, but I now see the potential for carrying the story/characters forward in a series. I'm left debating whether to go with my original plan and tie things up with a bow in this book or leave a few lines dangling for the possibility of future books with these characters who are demanding more time. My gut instinct is to write a satisfying ending for readers (not a fan of huge cliffhangers!) while leaving the door open for exploring more books. My dilemma is figuring out the best way to do that.
So, tell me . . . Are you Series*ously Addicted to reading and writing series? As a writer, which approach to writing a series do you take? Are you a stumbler or a planner?