As writers who are now in the middle of writing Book Nine of our Ten Book Onyx Webb series, we feel relatively qualified to share a few of thoughts with you if you are facing such a task.
First, three words: don’t do it. Ha! Just kidding.
Actually the three words are: lay a foundation.
The biggest piece of advice is to a lot of pre-work. We did a tremendous amount of planning and working of the series before a word was ever written. If we were casting our series, we would need almost 80 actors to fulfill speaking roles not counting extras. So, once we knew what the general story lines were, we sat down and bullet pointed the basics for each character through the entire series.
What about the ending? We had some general ideas but when we were on Book Three, we really just focused on telling the stories in that book. Part of the fun for you as author is, you can write yourself out of any corner. That said, since we are writing a ghost story, even if we accidentally kill someone off, they can come back. However, we did make a couple errors sharing some things in Book One that by Book Six we decided to radically change so we had to make sure we worked within those confines. If you have anything based on dates, times, and locations – make sure you are happy with those well!
In the end, probably up to 30% of what we created in the pre-work ended up changing. The good news is, if you don’t want to feel hemmed like you can’t be creative, you can.
We ended up cutting some stories short. We added a few characters and removed a few or just shortened their appearance. In a couple cases we decided to kill off a character when we had never planned to. As it turned out, that created some ‘oh no!’ moments for our readers so it was a good thing.
In the end, we just focused on one book at a time and never let the idea that we were writing ten books overwhelm us.
In fact, in our books, we have three episodes per book and about 15-18 “scenes” per episode. So literally as we write each scene, we check it off of a list. That really takes the writing down into small bite sized do-able chunks.
Just remember you aren’t alone in the process. Look for encouragement to keep going everywhere you can! That said, we leave you with this quote:
“Writing a book is a horrible, exhausting struggle, like a long bout with some painful illness. One would never undertake such a thing if one were not driven on by some demon whom one can neither resist nor understand.” – George Orwell
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