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How to Write a Novel Series

Updated on April 24, 2015

Embarking on a Journey

I just completed my third novel, “Shadows Kill.”

Hooray!

It is the first in what will be a series. Each book in the series will have the word “shadows” in the title, and the same characters will be in each book in that series.

It’s only natural that I do this since I have always gravitated, as a reader, to authors who have long-standing series. I enjoy getting to know the characters. I become invested in their lives and I can’t wait to find out what happens to them in the next book.

It began, for me, with the Travis McGee series written by John D. MacDonald. There have been many since then including Lee Child and his “Jack Reacher” series; Robert Parker and the “Spencer” novels; and today James Lee Burke and his “Dave Robicheaux” series. Each one has been a pleasure. Each one has brought sadness when the series ends.

About a year ago I came across an author by the name of F. Paul Wilson. He wrote a series called the “Repairman Jack” novels. All told there must be twenty novels, at least, in this series, and each one builds on the past, so if you come in the middle of the series you might be just a bit bewildered. But if you start at the beginning and read the entire series I promise you it is a marvel to behold.

And that brings me to this article.

One of the Repairman Jack novels
One of the Repairman Jack novels

Repairman Jack

F. Paul Wilson did a masterful job of building his series. I can only assume that before he wrote the first word in the first novel, he sat down and outlined the entire series. Nothing else adequately explains how he foreshadowed so beautifully. Step A is related to Step Z because of Steps B through Y. Each step is crucial to the telling of the story, and the ultimate conclusion would not have made sense if he had not perfectly intertwined every facet of every novel with the other facets.

It is writing transformed to a craft and I am jealous of his ability.

So, of course, I had to dissect his novels and determine how, exactly, he did what he did, because his end result is what I want my end result to be when I finish my series of “Shadows” novels.

Here is what I noticed.

Have a clear view of the path you will take in your series
Have a clear view of the path you will take in your series | Source

CHARACTERS

All good series are character-driven. More important than the actual plot are the lives of the main characters. A writer can never forget that main point. You could tell the greatest story ever told, but if the readers cannot connect on an emotional level with the characters, your story is going to be lost in translation.

On a related note, develop sidekicks for your protagonist. Bad guys come and they go, but the protagonist and his/her cohorts are the ones who keep us, as readers, coming back.

KNOW WHERE YOU ARE HEADING

Some series have no apparent end game. The series ends when the author dies or stops writing, but a traditional ending was never planned and never happens. That’s all well and good.

However, if you plan a series like F. Paul Wilson, then you need to know what the end game looks like. What is ultimately going to happen to the main character after the tenth and last book in the series? Will good triumph over evil? Will the main character die and all hell freeze over? This is where pre-planning comes in. Before you write that first word you have to know what the last word in the last novel is going to say.

GROWTH MUST HAPPEN

We all grow. Some of us grow kicking and screaming. Others grow smoothly without breaking a sweat, but we all grow as human beings.

So, too, must your main characters. Readers are not, for the most part, stupid. If the characters are not developing during the series, if they are not becoming more fascinating, readers will lose interest.

COMPLETE EACH STORY

You may have twenty books planned for your series but remember that each book is an individual piece of literature. It must tell a complete story. It must be able to stand alone.

Of course it is related to all the others in that series, but one of your goals as a writer is that a book-buyer can pick up any of the books in your series and read it and be satisfied. This might be the only flaw in the series written by Wilson. It can be a bit confusing if you pick up book number five and try to make sense of it.

characters, setting and timeline are all important in a series
characters, setting and timeline are all important in a series | Source

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LINKS AND CLUES

When we were kids we used to play a game called “Follow the Path.” It was kind of a tracker game. The kid who was “it” was given five minutes to go hide somewhere, but while he was heading to his hiding place, he had to leave clues along the way. The first person to follow the clues and find the other person won.

I have no idea about the origin of the game. I don’t know if we invented it or if it’s been played for years around the world. All I know is that we enjoyed it, and if the clues were bad then the “it” person could stay hidden until his next birthday.

In a series of related novels, there must be links and clues to keep your readers on the right path. We, as writers, want to lead them along toward the ultimate goal. We want to explain just enough to keep them interested. We want to give them just enough information so that they are curious for more. We want to build a long story from the ground up, and allow the readers to be a part of that construction.

Without links and clues, you might as well drop your readers off in the middle of the desert and tell them good luck in finding their way home.

DETERMINE TIMELINE

Welcome to my personal bugaboo. I continually catch myself making a timeline error, and that’s in a single book. I can’t imagine Wilson writing a series of books that span thirty years, and keeping everything orderly and consistent.

Determining timeline not only means you must choose the time in history that your book will cover (present time, twenty years ago?) but you must keep the timeline accurate within the book….the 20th, the 22nd, the 30th.

One word of advice: keep a working timeline on a separate document, and jot down important events at every time interval. That way you will have a reference sheet to help clarify matters and maintain accuracy.

RAISE THE STAKES IN EVERY BOOK

Again, Wilson was masterful in raising the stakes. He introduced the antagonist with a brief mention in the first book of the series, just enough to establish a sinister undercurrent of tone. With each book the tension rose so that, by the time the antagonist is actually “seen” and “identified,” the tension is almost unbearable.

If you are going to write a series of related novels, then give your readers a reason to come back for more. There must be struggle and the promise of more struggle. There must be tension and the promise of more tension. There must be a threat that escalates.

The intrepid author continues his quest
The intrepid author continues his quest | Source

And If You Do All Those Things…..

Then you just might be successful writing a series.

Just might be successful….

And that leads us to a discussion about levels of success, and about that just let me say that writing any novel is a standard of success to be proud of.

So happy writing to you all.

Now, if you’ll excuse me, I need to get busy on the second book in my series, “Shadows Over Innocence.”

2015 William D. Holland (aka billybuc)

“Helping writers to spread their wings and fly.”

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      It is a great feeling, Deb. May you and I continue to leap tall buildings at a single bound. :) Thank you!

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      Deb Hirt 2 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Glad to hear that you jumped over another hurdle. It's a great feeling, eh?

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Glimmer, I think you might enjoy the series. If that series let down I didn't notice it. I thought it was a masterful job of writing.

      Thank you and have a great week.

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 2 years ago

      I'm definitely going to have to check out repairman jack. I like reading novel series. Unfortunately I can always tell when they start faltering, and inevitably the ones I've read do. I think you bring up a good point about knowing where you are going.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Besarien, now the trick is to write one that actually sells. That's the next step, but until then, I'm very happy with the product so far. Thank you so much for your kind words.

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      Besarien 2 years ago

      Wow Billy! Congratulations on your newest book! I can not even fathom planning a story arc that unfolds over the course of several novels. This is one of the millions of reasons why I do not write for a living! I think using shadows in the title is an excellent concept though. It summons up all those primal childhood fears right at the start and hints that there is plenty more hidden in the shadows that we have yet to discover. Here is wishing you much happy luck and ultra-productive time for part two and beyond. Thanks for being such a tremendous inspiration even for strictly hobbyist geeks like me!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Who knows indeed, Molly. I'm glad you found this helpful. I appreciate you stopping by a couple times today. Have a wonderful weekend.

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      Molly Layton 2 years ago from Alberta

      Billy, congrats on your new book! This is a great Hub. The first thing that came to my mind when you said "long-standing series" was, for some odd reason, A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket. Maybe because it hits every note you made. Maybe because I hadn't read anything like it and wouldn't until I reached university. Who knows? Your notes about timelines and clues are really helpful. Thanks for posting this.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      mckbirdbks, great reference to MacDonald. I got it immediately, of course. His titles alone were more clever than some writing I see today. As for the future sight, there is no way I could write a long-range plot that encompasses twenty novels. I can see my own series of five, maybe, but that is really stretching my capabilities.

      Good to see you. Thank you!

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      mckbirdbks 2 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      This was an interesting read. My history is also colored by John D. MacDonald (his readers get the joke).

      I cannot fathom an author sitting at his desk and encompassing in his/her mind the plot of twenty novels. Perhaps 'Future Sight' is a gift offered to some and not others. To me, there has to be a different explanation.

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      Nadine May 2 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      I always love reading your posts, especially on novel writing. As you know I have finished my first novel on the Self Employed Housewife, which is now in its last editing stage. Half through the writing I realized that it had to have a second novel to complete the story, so there you are. I'm also still busy with my 5th novel in the Awakening to our Ascension series, but its going slow as you know, and why.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Frank! You are greatly appreciated.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Frank! You are greatly appreciated.

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      Frank Atanacio 2 years ago from Shelton

      let me be in the top 50 to congratulate you on your next adevnture bravo

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I do the same thing, Lawrence. I love series that I can follow along on, and I'm always disappointed when they come to an end.

      Thank you!

      bill

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      Lawrence Hebb 2 years ago from Hamilton, New Zealand

      Bill

      When I find out a novel is part of a series I just have to find the order and read them in order (even if I've already read some of them I just have to!!)

      Excellent hub

      Lawrence

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Jo! Problems for sure...bugaboo. LOL Oh well, that's all part of the challenge. NO, no publisher yet. This may take some time, but thank you for the well-wishes. The same to you! Have a superior week!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Flourish! I had forgotten about that series. My feelings exactly about it...enjoyed it early on and then it left me in the dust.

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 2 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Bill, bravo! You deserve a real pat on the back. I'm really looking forward to reading your Shadow series. Have you found a publisher yet?

      This hub is interesting and very useful, actually, it's just what I need right now. I'm hoping to do a series of childrens books based on 'The Adventures of Prewitt,' that is, assuming the first book sells. My niece got back from her hols in Singapore on Friday, so maybe she'll get a move on with the illustrations. You're spot on about investing in the characters, if the readers cannot connect emotionally there's no point reading, I've stopped reading books in the past simply because I couldn't care less about the characters. I'm beginning to grasp how crucial it is to have acurate time line when writing a story, it's not always easy. Good to see that even seasoned authors like yourself also have problems with, err..bugaboo!! :) Take care my friend, my best to you.

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      FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

      Congratulations on the ambitious endeavor. (Being able to see 5 books ahead is impressive!) I had enjoyed Dean Koontz's Odd Thomas series but it got weird at a point and I no longer liked it.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you very much, Vellur. It can be difficult. It can also be very rewarding. :)

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      Nithya Venkat 2 years ago from Dubai

      Congratulations on completing your novel. Great tips for writing a series though connecting one to another and making a complete story must be difficult.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Who knows for sure, Mary? Well, the Shadow knows! LOL I couldn't help myself.

      Thank you dear friend. Best wishes on that novel of yours.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Ann, something tells me you will cope quite well. Good luck with all that added pressure. LOL

      bill

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you very much, Bill. I can't imagine writing travel articles as well as you do. We all have our talents, my friend.

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      Mary Craig 2 years ago from New York

      We are all in awe of your ambition and talent, and knowing your writing have no doubt that Shadow will be a series.

      Since I am in the middle of my first novel I am truly amazed at the thought of writing a series! I do, however, love to read series and have read many of them over time. I enjoy following generation after generation or adventure after adventure.

      Who knows what lies ahead for all of us?

      Voted up, useful, awesome, and interesting.

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      Ann Carr 2 years ago from SW England

      Oh yes, there will certainly be some hubs and photos based on this adventure! In fact, I'll have to sit down for days to catch up on my draft hubs. How will I cope....? :D

      Ann

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      Bill De Giulio 2 years ago from Massachusetts

      Congratulations Bill. I can't imagine writing a novel series. I admire your ability to tackle this and have no doubt that you will be very successful.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Genna, thank you. And there's a word we don't see enough of ......gobsmacked! I love it. You have me laughing and for that I thank you.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Maj, thank you my friend and safe travels to you. Starting my next novel immediately is part necessity. I have to start immediately so I don't forget important salient facts and characters. It's a guard against advancing age. :)

      bill

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I appreciate it, Alicia. Thank you. Now it's on to the next chapter. :)

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Ann, you know I love hearing from you, but must you insist on rubbing salt in the wounds? LOL

      I'm so glad you are having a wonderful time. Maybe you could take some pictures and share them in an article???? Just a though for those of us who are travel-deprived. :)

      Have a super Sunday!

      bill

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Larry! I appreciate it very much.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Faith, if that day ever happens, you better believe I won't forget my friends. I cherish all of you and I think you know that.

      blessings on this sunny Sunday

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Heidi, thanks for your observations and the well wishes. I totally agree with you, but no surprise there. Happy Weekend to you as well.

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      Genna East 2 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Congratulations on completing “Shadows Kill.” (I left a comment on Maria’s site in response to your interview about this series.) I can’t imagine writing a novel series…it seems so intimidating to me. But your outline gives the impression that it might not be so impossibly daunting. Bravewarrior brought up an excellent point: “Once you fall in love with a character or characters, it's comforting to know that they're not gone once the book has been read.” In any event, I am in gobsmacked awe of your prolific talent and discipline. Kudos!

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      travmaj 2 years ago from australia

      What a prolific writer you are and you clearly demonstrate your art and share it. What impresses me most is your ability to churn out words, not just words, meaningful and professional writing. I am in awe of your talent. Starting your next novel immediately is so stylish and zings of confidence. Thank you for this and the encouragement.

      I'm just leaving for London and dreading the long haul. I need to stay home and learn to be a writer too.

      Until I resurface - thank you, Maj

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      Linda Crampton 2 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Congratulations on completing your book, Bill, and good luck with the rest of the books in the series. Thanks once again for sharing the useful information.

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      Ann Carr 2 years ago from SW England

      Well done you, bill, for finishing Shadows Kill! It's remarkable that you're producing such work so quickly after the last.

      This is a phenomenal hub; so useful, full of vital clues and tips to help the budding novelist. It's a must read for any writer, let alone a series novelist. I'll have this by my side when I get round to that 'era' of my writing!

      Just to keep the jealousy going, I'm having a wonderful time in the Alsace region of the north east of France; food, wine and culture - who could ask for more?

      Hope you're having a great weekend, bill!

      Ann :)

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      Larry Rankin 2 years ago from Oklahoma

      A helpful overview here Bill. Thanks!

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Hooray! ...Heidi stole my "Woohoo" as we say that a lot in the South Tee Hee

      I really love the series idea, Bill. I believe you are on to something great. That is spot-on about the character driven series. If the characters are not interesting and fully developed then it kind of falls flat.

      Thank you for sharing of your favorite series authors.

      I know one day we all will be saying "We you knew when" ...so don't forget about us when you are living the famous author life : )

      Peace and blessings

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      Heidi Thorne 2 years ago from Chicago Area

      First, big congrats on finishing the book. Woohoo!

      Totally agree on the "each book must stand on its own" philosophy. I think it's the same for any artistic work, including movies and TV shows. I find I cannot rewatch shows that have a "serial" quality to them. But those where a story begins and ends in one episode's timeframe? I've got favorites I'll watch again and again.

      All the best to you as you start another new adventure with this book! Happy Weekend!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you so much, Ruby! I've needed a way to express my creativity for a very long time. I finally found it. :)

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Your love for writing was never more evident than this piece. I wish the best for you, and I know you will write a masterpiece, I'm sure of it. So much work goes into writing a series. You 'gotta love it to do it.....Voted up....

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks Bill. That timeline thing is my bugaboo but I'm getting better at it.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      drbj, I definitely remember The Shadow. Mine is a bit more sinister and dangerous. :) Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Sparrow. I greatly appreciate your well-wishes, my friend. God bless you always.

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      William Leverne Smith 2 years ago from Hollister, MO

      Great summary of the tools needed. Best wishes on execution! Oh, and, don't forget to check that timeline, from time to time! Thanks so much for sharing this!! ;-)

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      drbj and sherry 2 years ago from south Florida

      Shadows is a supernaturally excellent word to build on in your novel titles, Billy. Look what it did for the Shadow (remember him/it on radio? The Shadow knows!)

      Thanks for sharing all this great first-person experience.

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      rdsparrowriter 2 years ago

      Wow! Congratulations Sir Bill :) This is very useful and thank you for sharing your knowledge with all of us :) God bless you and give you more ideas to write :)

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Melissa, I this will be an open-end series. I have five books in advance timelined and that's as far as I've gone. I'm thinking I may not be very sharp after five years with the age thing going on. LOL

      Thanks for being here. Happy Weekend to you.

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      Melissa Propp 2 years ago from Minnesota

      Great article Bill! So, how many books are you planning in your series? Did you do a rough outline for each one or some kind of story arc, so you know roughly where you are heading? I love book series, but what a challenge to the author! I would love to get to stay with the characters and world that I established in my first book, its that planning ahead part that worries me...

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Great minds think alike, Zulma. :) Good luck, thank you, and have a brilliant weekend.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you again, Cardisa, and have a wonderful weekend.

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      Phoenix2361 2 years ago

      I've been kicking around the idea of a series but wasn't sure how to go about it. Thanks muchly for this hub. I'm bookmarking this as a reference.

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      Carolee Samuda 2 years ago from Jamaica

      You're welcome Bill. Always a pleasure to read your posts.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sandra, it's good to have you back and I hope you're feeling better. Yes, the characters do become a part of us. I can't imagine giving up the ones I'm writing about now.

      Thank you and feel better soon.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Jptanabe, if one lesson comes out of this article that people remember, it should be the timeline. It is so easy to forget pertinent details and get the timeline wrong, especially if you write the novel over a long period of time. Thanks for the visit.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Good morning Sally! Twitter? Interesting. I will look into it. Thank you! Take it from one who has made the mistake...a timeline for any novel is crucial.

      Have a great weekend.

      Bill

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Cardisa, it's good to see you. Thank you and good luck with that series of novellas.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks Sha! It doesn't seem that ambitious to me. It's all just writing. Instead of writing 300 articles next year I'll write two books. :) I like your point about the characters in series...exactly...it is comforting knowing they will be back.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Hi Brian! I hadn't heard about the Bibles but it makes sense that they do that. I know just from writing the second book in the series that it is very hard to keep track of pertinent facts from one book to the next. Some sort of organizational tool is absolutely necessary. Anyway, thanks for the information and have a wonderful weekend.

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      Sandra Joy Eastman 2 years ago from Robbinsdale MN

      Hi Bill

      Have been a little under the weather as us old folks would say. The hospital and I have been constant companions since March. Glad to read I wrote my series books correctly and that you are still on board with Hub Pages. I hope to back in the swing of things quickly. Just finished book 4 in the Rubies series and it feels somewhat sad saying goodbye to those characters. They become such a part of us don't they?? Best always to you.

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      Jennifer P Tanabe 2 years ago from Red Hook, NY

      Excellent points, as usual! I find the thought of writing a series of novels seriously challenging and at the same time thrilling. I totally agree on the need for a timeline - I just realized I need to write mine up properly for my (single) novel that I'm working on!

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      Sally Gulbrandsen 2 years ago from Norfolk

      Hi Billy,

      It is fascinating to read how a logical mind approaches a task like this. You have certainly make me aware of the importance of having a timeline in a separate document. I think this is how I will have to approach my own book when I eventually get around to starting it.

      I meant to mention that I have noticed a lot of publishers looking for novels to publish on Twitter, it might be worth doing a search on there to see if you come up with something interesting.

      Sally

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      Carolee Samuda 2 years ago from Jamaica

      Thank you for this Bill. I have been thinking of this for a while and have just started writing my first story in the series of stories. These are not novels but a series of short novellas. Thanks for the advice, they will come in handy fro me.

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      Shauna L Bowling 2 years ago from Central Florida

      What an undertaking! If anyone can do it, you can, Bill. I haven't read too many series, with the exception of Koontz' Jack Snow series and some novels written by Iris Johansen where the same characters appear in each one. I do enjoy them, however. Series do seem to get the reader more involved. Once you fall in love with a character or characters, it's comforting to know that they're not gone once the book has been read.

      I wish you the best in your Shadows series, Bill!

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      Brian Leekley 2 years ago from Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA

      Bill, that's an ambitious project. I expect you will accomplish it with much enthusiasm. May it be a big success.

      Writers of television dramatic series use what they call the "Bible". That is an actual document, usually created by the originator of the series, that for the sake of consistency establishes the names, key life events and dates, key characteristics, and so on of the main characters and settings. Google on: "How to Write TV Series Bibles" & "creating a story Bible" & "Episodic Series Development Bible". I suppose much of the same advice applies to planning a novel series.

      Did I read in one of your posts or somewhere else to use spreadsheets to plan novels? I haven't tried that. I think WorkFlowy is a handy utility for such purposes.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks Pop. Happy Weekend to you!

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      breakfastpop 2 years ago

      Congratulations! I can't wait to read it.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Carol and no, I have never heard anyone tell me this was an easy path. I'm tripping over boulders each day. LOL Happy Weekend, Carol

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      First again, Janine, and I appreciate it greatly. I can see five books ahead. For me, that is hugely exciting.

      Happy weekend my friend. We made it again.

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      carol stanley 2 years ago from Arizona

      Character driven--the keyword to success. I am very critical of characters. Actually it seems when you love the characters you also love the plot. Found this interesting as you know I am writing a non fiction series.

      I wish you luck in this entire endeavor...No one ever said this would be easy --did they.. If so they were seriously lying.

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      Janine Huldie 2 years ago from New York, New York

      Bill, this is so exciting and I am seriously overjoyed that you are taking this step with you novel writing. Thank you so much for sharing your advice with us, too and you can bet if I ever decide to go this route, I would follow your thoughts on this. Have a great weekend now ;)