The pros and cons of writing series by Rebecca Royce
At the moment, I am currently writing four series of books. (Although one of those series is one book away from ending.) I think that I am in a unique position to really talk about the pros and cons of writing a series right at this moment.
First, lets take a look at the cons. As a writer, investing in a series means that you really invest in the series. It’s frustrating for me, as a reader, when a writer doesn’t do this. If you are writing a series—write it. Don’t stop and do five other things, diddle around, and then come back to it at some point. If you are writing a series, you are obligated as a writer, to really write that series.
That means that you can’t stop simply because a plot bunny hits you and write something else. I have on my desktop a chart. It is called Writing Order and if you were to look at it right now you would see that it has outline what I am writing for at least the next year. Writing a series has obligated me to be this organized about my writing. I have to keep moving the series forward; I have to keep up with it. I can’t stop and move on to something else. I don’t have the luxury.
I would say, therefore, that one of the cons of writing a series is that it limits your creative ability to move on to other things.
Also, you have to always be thinking two books ahead. When I wrote Love Beyond Loyalty, the third book in my Outsider series, I had to know what I was doing and how it would affect book 5 and book 7. I can’t have large plot holes running from book to book. This forces me, again, to stick to a plan and to implement it.
Having said that, the pros of writing a series, for me, outweigh the cons. I love to read books that are in a series and I love to write them. I love to see my favorite characters appear again and again. I love to really get to know the characters. I love to have Gabriel, the hero of book 3, appear in books 1 and 2 and to see how I can make the readers invest in him early so that they are asking me who his heroine is before I’ve ever written the book.
I love how the plots become broad, the villains more intense, and the tension that much thicker. I love writing series. And when I’ve finished these four, I have more I’m going to write!
She turned on her heel, and Gabriel‘s heart sped up. He walked forward and grabbed her arm, which was tricky to do because he needed to hold up his blanket to prevent from being arrested for public indecency.
“You‘re leaving?” God, he wanted to shout, ‘don‘t leave.‘
Nodding, she gave him that forced smile again, and he wanted to wipe it off her face. “I am. I brought you to Alexa. It‘s time for me to go on my way. You‘ve told me a lot of stuff I have to digest. Good luck.” She looked at Alexa and he wished that one of his powers was mind reading because he had no clue what was going on inside of hers. “To both of you. It was nice meeting you.”
Pulling her arm free of his grip he thought for a second he felt her shake. Was she okay?
“Loraine, wait a second…”
He wouldn‘t have believed she could move that fast. One second she was there and the next she, while still walking, sprinted out of the building.
“Loraine,” he yelled but she didn‘t turn around and soon the crowd in the room blocked his view.
Why was she leaving? Like a light turning on, realization struck him. She had used the phrase your Alexa. What did she think his relationship with his oldest friend was?
As a teenager, Rebecca Royce would hide in her room to read her favorite romance novels when she was supposed to be doing her homework. She hopes, these days, that her parents think it was well worth it.
Rebecca is the mother of three adorable boys and is fortunate to be married to her best friend. They live in northern New Jersey and try not to freeze too badly during the winter months.
She’s in love with science fiction, fantasy, and the paranormal and tries to use all of these elements in her writing. She’s been told she’s a little bloodthirsty so she hopes that when you read her work you’ll enjoy the action packed ride that always ends in romance. Rebecca loves to write series because she loves to see characters develop over time and it always makes her happy to see her favorite characters make guest appearances in other books.
In Rebecca Royce’s world anything is possible, anything can happen, and you should suspect that it will.
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