How to Develop your Story into a Series of Books
How often have you started a project, blog post or piece of content only for it to take on a life of its own?
When I began working on my own story, I realised that my story couldn’t be held in one book. My story is still happening but how can I keep telling it and keep the flow going?
In this post, I’m going to walk you through my process of creating a series of books.
Go Back to the Timeline
In an earlier post, I spoke about how you can create a timeline of your story”s events. You will use that today so if you haven’t done that please go back and do that now.
Once you have your timeline look at the dates and events:
- How big are they?
- How much can change is involved?
- Is there a place where there is an end or a new start or a new beginning?
Find your Breaks
So your timeline has shown you where there are breaks. These will become the breaks between your books. Some of these books will be longer or shorter but it’s up to you. You always have a choice with your books.
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Setting It Up
Once you have your breaks, it’s time to focus on how the books will appear. Each book will have different characters and different storylines. How you create the book is done through outlining.
Outlining is a technique writers use to create a writing plan for their books. It involves:
- Setting up your novel
- The plot
- Character creation
- Setting development
- Event storyline
Outlining is a very important process and if done right, it sets you up for success.
As part of my 1:1 program outlining forms a big part of the beginning. Planning has a great role in developing the structure of your book. It may seem insignificant and a waste of time and honestly I thought that too but now I can see how wrong that thinking was. Each time I outline, I get better, learn more and get bigger results.
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