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A Series Game Plan

I have a series blurb done.  So my next step is to look at the blurb and figure out the logical steps that will have to occur in each novel to have it fall into place.  So in order to do that I will do a mind map to get some ideas together after asking some questions.  Like; if this happens what effects would happen here?  Who would it affect?  What causes this to happen?  What could be lost?  What could be gained? Who gets hurt the most?  And so on.  As many questions as I can think of to apply to the idea and pull out story arcs for each novel.  The whole A+B=C routine with a few left hooks and upper-cuts to keep everyone guessing.  This is going to be fun, but it will also take a while to complete.


For the first time in a few days I have a little bit of focus.  The whatever the heck hit me bug is giving me a reprieve.   I’m still under the weather but I think I can form a few sentences. Continue reading

Wow, just learned a whole bunch that has saved me a ton of heartache.  I watched all of the “How To Write A Series” first week course.  I found out that I need to write a stand-alone novel that hints at the broad themes and problems the series I want to create will handle.  This is not a bad thing in the least.  This piece of information made me re-think my first novel completely.  I can have everything building in the background while the characters are dealing with the fallout that needs to occur before the big whammy falls into place in the following novels.  It make sense.  In today’s world, . . . Continue reading

I’m at “The Wild Bean”, here in Lewisburg, WV, partaking of their wi-fi services, awesome yuppie food, and great coffee.  Who knew soy-corn-bean burgers could taste so yummy?  Probably the folks who developed them, right?  Anyway I’m downloading all the videos for “How to Write a Series”   because my dial-up falls over dead each time I attempt it at home.  Poor little thing. . . Continue reading

A quick post tonight, as I’m going to be heading for bed very soon.  I’m learning what really drives people emotionally and externally.  It is making so much sense now.  I’ve also downloaded a freeware mind mapping program, so I can get my ideas down quicker, in blips as they occur.  I’m able to see how my mind is functioning as well.  I’ve gone through quite a bit of reading, note-writing, and an exercise today on the FMC.  I will be following it up with additional characters who are major.  Then I will be adding depth to them piece by piece as I go through.  Holly also started her “How To Write A Series Course” 

Here is the link to her teaser:  http://hollylisle.com/HTWAS-teaser.html?awt_l=FLk6p&awt_m=1b9.6FrkcJt9gP

Tomorrow, I will be heading out to my semi-local coffee shop to get a cup of joe and use their wi-fi so I can download the videos to that course as well.   My dial-up is hating Mb transfers.  5 kbps is not fun for this.  I’m betting most of you guessed it, I’m going to do each of the clinics alongside the Write a Series course, because that is what I had planned anyway 😉     Hmm. . . I wonder if I’m a little touched in the head?  Nah.  Just driven at the moment, at least I hope so.  Well, good night and sweet dreams!