Wednesday, April 6, 2016

IWSG: Series*ously Addicted . . .


The Insecure Writer's Support Group is a community of writers who share ideas and encourage other writers.  It's a great place to express doubts and concerns as well as offer and receive tribulations and guidance from other writers. IWSG posts the first Wednesday of every month.  I think you'll find it to be a great writer's resource that's well worth your time.  Be sure to stop by and visit with some of the other IWSG writers/bloggers at IWSG Members.
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! 


Series*ously Addicted:  Are you a fan of book series?  I am.  I'm not only a fan of series - I'm hopelessly addicted to them.  For me, there's nothing better than finishing a great book only to find it's just the first in a series, and there's more to come!  When I discover an addictive series, I often find myself hooked into a binge read - reading straight through until I finish the last book.  Talk about burning the midnight oil!  Does that ever happen to you?

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?

6 comments:

Shell Flower said...

I do enjoy a good series. Your cartoon says it all. I'm about to read The Gunslinger by Stephen King, and that series has 8 books. Woot. As for writing, I agree that you want even the first book in the series to have a satisfying ending. Just leave room for your characters to grow and for new challenges and mysteries in the future. Happy writing.

Sandra Hoover said...

I think my longest series read to date is the In Death series by J.D. Robb...43 books & counting. I'm on my 3rd reread of the series! Crazy, right? Thanks for the advice, Shell, and for stopping by today!

Viola Fury said...

I love a good series. I don't always find them right away. Nelson DeMille has a series of books that feature John Corey and his wife Kate Mayfield and they're clever, intense and generally hilarious. The same goes for Alex Delaware. I have NOT read the Gunslinger series by Stephen King and will have to check that out! The old 87th Precinct series by Ed McBain I read over and over! Thanks for letting my be your co-host this month! Viola Fury, aka Mary

Sandra Hoover said...

Thanks for co-hosting this month, Viola! I, too, have to check out the Gunslinger series by King. I'm such a fan, but haven't read that.

J Q Rose said...

Hi Sandra, Catching up with IWSG 'cause April was just crazy for me. Love your eye catching title. I've read series e.g. Stephanie Plum series by Janet Evanovich, M is for Murder by Sue Grafton, The Mitford series by Jan Karon. I usually lose interest after book 4, except for Jan Karon's stories. I have never written a series...all stand-alone mysteries, but I see possibilities of re-visiting my characters to at least add a sequel or prequel. Best wishes on taking on another series!

Sandra Hoover said...

I'm a total series addict, Janet! I love a good standalone, but also love following a family or couple through several books in a series. Thanks for taking time to stop by!

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