Writing a Series
Writing a series can be fun, but has some difficulties associated with it. The fun part is you get to work with the same characters for several books. You get to know every aspect of their lives and they become trusted friends. The world is a familiar playground for games of all kinds. It sounds like fun until you realize a few things about writing a series.
The first thing is you need continuity. If the character’s name is spelled one way in the first book, then it better be spelled the same way for the rest of the series. If the car is blue in the first book and the same car is silver in the second book, it becomes a problem. The best solution is to make a sheet with all of this information as well as have copies of the other books handy to double check things.
The second thing is the characters have to grow and develop over the course of the books. If the character is the same in the fifth book as in the first, the reader doesn’t bother to read the next one because there isn’t any different from the last one.
And the last problem I’m going to list is the one every reader knows. The wait for the next book. If the series is well written, the reader will be impatient for the next book. This is a good thing for the author as the reader will buy the next book, but the wait had better not be too long.