Writing Books In Series


When I first started with publishing books, I didn't know what my plan would be. As time went on, I started to think about how I wanted to build my brand. I would read articles on authors and how they wrote and the biggest thing they said was to write books in a series. It never dawned on me to do that but so many authors do it with their books.

After thinking about that as a concept, I figured out how I would do it. I made a decision that if I was to write a series in any of the books I was going to do, it was never going to be more than five books. The reason why is, you don't want to drag out a storyline, you definitely don't want to make characters boring and it's only but so much you can continually write about with certain characters.

It was a great idea and I had to figure out deeper storylines on how I was going to write my books. So if you are an aspiring author or you are an author yourself, writing a series tends to draw readers in. Even though I'm still growing an audience with my author brand, releasing new parts to the series helps me to continually improve my writing.

Even though I write about different subject areas dealing with societal issues, there's always the challenge of continually getting better, improving and developing characters along the way. You go through an emotional rollercoaster with the characters, you grow with them, you get mad at them, because that's part of life and growth. I definitely enjoy going back and forth and writing different books because it keeps my mind fresh.

While I would have loved to have written let's say The World We Live In with 5 straight books, I knew that wasn't going to be a reality. That's how most authors do it but I like to end books with cliffhangers and keep people wondering what will happen next. I've always been one to do that so it keeps readers intrigued and wanting more. I mean, isn't that the goal anyway?

If I decided to write The World We Live In straight through, I feel that my content wouldn't be as good. I need time to think over characters and how I'm going to continually write them and develop them. There has to be a backstory that leads to the present moment and writing about experiences and what got them to this place. I love the challenge of doing that and sometimes I need to observe the world a little in order to write better content in my books.

All in all, I enjoy the process with writing, it's very rare I get writer's block. I tend to write and let things flow and then make small adjustments later to how I wrote it. Sometimes I add more to the storyline, sometimes I leave it alone and even sometimes I delete out stuff that doesn't fit into the story.

The best advice I can give people with writing is to write what they feel, write what you're comfortable with and continually develop your craft.

In the next few weeks, I will delve into how I write my different series of books. I will be posting how I write the Code Blue series, The Struggles and Growth of a Man series and The World We Live In series. So definitely stay tuned as it will be an in depth look into how I wrote fictional characters in a real life setting.

Be good and go accomplish your goals.

Jamell Crouthers
Aquarianmind

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