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5 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Writing a Series

5 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Writing a Series

For some authors, writing a series is a lifelong-held dream. For others, like me, it’s something they stumble into and then flail about wildly hoping it will work out.

In an effort to help you avoid the flailing, I’ve invited Helen Scheuerer to visit.

Helen is a YA fantasy author, whose debut novel Heart of Mist was the bestselling first instalment in her trilogy, The Oremere Chronicles.

I first met Helen as the founding editor of Writer’s Edit, which is a deep resource for emerging writers, but she is now a fulltime author and a new prequel story collection to the trilogy, Dawn Of Mist, is out now!

Below, Helen Scheuerer shares five questions to ask yourself before embarking on the epic adventure of writing a series.

And Helen also kindly offers five bonus tips to help you through the process.

5 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Writing a Series

As someone who’s written a complete trilogy and has just started drafting a quartet, I’ve been reflecting a lot lately about what makes a great series. What I’ve learnt over the years is there’s a lot of groundwork that occurs before you even write the first sentence…

For me, it always starts with asking myself a number of questions. Questions that prompt me to consider whether or not my story is ready to be written, and indeed, if I’m actually ready to write it.

I want to share those questions with you today, to hopefully help you on your own way to writing an epic series…

1. Does my story warrant a series? 

Before you put pen to paper or fingers to keyboard, there are a number of things you need to know about your story before launching into creating a series.

The most important of these factors is this: does your story warrant a series?

All too often, I see writers decide on writing a series before they’ve even considered the story. This is usually because series are often seen as more lucrative or popular…

However, as the author, your first and most important job is to do the story justice. There’s no point in stretching a narrative across multiple books if it doesn’t serve the story well.

Think about the books you loved that have been turned into three, even five film movie franchises… Weren’t you frustrated?

The same goes for books. If it doesn’t serve the story to have multiple novels, it’s your job to make that call.

2. Am I a reader of series?

In order to be an author of a series, you also have to be a dedicated reader of series. Familiarise yourself with the common and popular structures of the format, even if you’re only learning the rules to break them later.

I have learnt so much about how to structure and pace my novels by reading series by other authors. Structure and pacing are two of the core elements to any novel, but also to an overall epic series.

Without a firm grasp on these factors, you’ll find it very difficult to maintain any reader retention (having a reader commit to reading the second book after the first and so on).

Being an avid reader of the series format may also help you determine how many books your own series might warrant.

For some stories, a duology is more than enough, for other narratives, series can span upwards of ten books… Seeing numerous series in action can certainly help you to determine how many books your story might need to be told.

Another benefit to familiarising yourself with the format is having a greater understanding of what genres work well as series.

For example, fantasy books are generally expected to be a part of an ongoing series, whereas literary fiction books are more commonly standalone novels.

While writers don’t always need to conform to these conventions, it always helps to be aware of reader expectations.

3. Is my plot substantial enough for a series?

One of the main elements that ties a series together is the overarching plot that carries the characters (and reader) through multiple books. For example, in Harry Potter, the main plot is one of good vs evil: Harry’s ongoing battle to defeat Voldemort.

In each book, Harry battles with Voldemort in some form or another, but all seven books ultimately build up to the final war between good vs. evil.

This is certainly a massive theme to explore, however, in amongst that, are also numerous other subplots: Harry’s challenges on the Quidditch pitch, Harry’s budding feelings for Cho and Harry’s entry into the Triwizard Tournament… (and we’ve barely scratched the surface there).

Whether you’re a plotter or a pantser, when it comes to writing series, it helps to know where you’re going (if only roughly).

The best way to map this out is to determine what and where the climaxes are, both in each book and in the overall series. Even though a book may be part of a series, it should still have its own climax points and should still be a self-contained narrative, or you risk disappointing readers.

This all comes down to whether or not your plot and subplots are substantial enough. Plus, knowing the general outline of your books and your overarching series will help you avoid the dreaded second book syndrome.

4. Are my characters developed enough?

Alongside a riveting plot, the main reason readers commit to reading a series of novels is because of the characters.

Readers emotionally invest in the protagonists and the cast of characters they’ve come to love because not only has an author created a well-rounded, realistic character but also because they have also provided constant character development throughout the overarching story of their series.

Characters, both main and secondary, face challenges and undergo significant changes throughout the course of each book, as well as the overall series.

As an author, you need to ask yourself how developed your own characters are. Can their arcs sustain the course of several books? What journeys do they undergo? Is there enough potential to explore who they are, and who they might become? Are they being challenged enough?

Your characters need to be developed enough that you can reveal their backstories and secrets gradually, creating curiosity in the reader. The longer the developmental arc of your characters, the more intrigued readers will be.

One of the benefits of a series is that there’s also room to introduce new characters throughout. New characters can revitalise momentum and also create additional conflict with your main cast.

5. Am I ready to write a series?

I’m not going to sugarcoat it for you… Writing any book is hard, writing a series is perhaps even more challenging.

Brainstorming, outlining, drafting, rewriting, rounds of alpha/beta feedback and editing all have their own unique difficulties and you will need to do these for every book you write.

It’s important to know the challenges you’re going to face before committing to writing a whole series.

However, only you can know if you’re ready or not to start.

5 Bonus Tips for Writing a Series

•Keep a “series bible” – a document that keeps track of all the details about your world and characters. You’ll definitely need this as a reference point throughout the writing process.

•Keep a spreadsheet or document where you can jot down ideas for future books – not all your amazing ideas should be crammed into Book #1!

•Give each book its own main event to prevent a stagnant middle book in your series and make each book standalone (to a certain extent).

•Weave story threads and breadcrumbs throughout each book which you can gradually bring together as the series comes to a close.

• Create reveals within each book, ensuring the reader is rewarded each time they choose to continue reading

Helen Scheuerer is the bestselling author of The Oremere Chronicles. Dawn of Mist, a prequel story collection to the series, is out now. Visit Helen’s website or say hello to her on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram for more details.

 

 

 

 

Are you new here? Welcome to my blog! I’m Allison Tait, aka A.L. Tait, and I’m the author of two epic middle-grade adventure series, The Mapmaker Chronicles and The Ateban Cipher.

 You can find out more about me here, and more about my books here.

5 Things to Know About Writing Your Second Novel (and one bonus tip!)

5 Things to Know About Writing Your Second Novel (and one bonus tip!)

There’s a lot of talk on the internet at present about the bind that debut authors find themselves in, trying to launch their first book when the usual things like launch parties, author talks, writers’ festival and other literary fun are not available.

And it’s been lovely to watch the author community throw itself behind those debut authors, trying to boost their launches online.

But what if it’s your second novel?

Second novels bring their own set of challenges, right from the moment the author types ‘Chapter One’ and then watches the cursor blink and blink and blink.

And now there’s the challenge of getting the word out about your book; hoping that your established readers find it, hoping that it will find its way into the hands of reviewers and bloggers.

Because the reality is that the biggest marketing push you’ll ever receive from your publisher is likely to be around your debut novel. That’s the moment of discovery, of excitement, of ‘could this author be the next big thing?”

After that, it’s one word at a time, one reader at a time, building on the foundations that are set up around that novel.

One author who knows all about this is Lauren Chater, whose debut historical novel The Lace Weaver was published in March 2019 and went on to become a bestseller.

Then Lauren had to write a second one, and discovered, as she shares below, that Second Novel Syndrome is real.

These are her tips for writing your way through it, which Lauren did, producing a second beautiful historical novel called Gulliver’s Wife.

5 things to know about writing your second novel 

After publishing their first book, most authors experience a strange sense of loss. The excitement of the launch and all the accolades that go along with it can trick us into thinking that if things aren’t constantly happening, we aren’t making progress in our career. It can leave us feeling as if the world has moved on and left us behind.

More experienced authors will tell you that the antidote is to ‘write the next book’. This is sensible advice but following it can prove tricky – as I learnt when I set about working on my second novel, due for release on April 1st this year (but popping up in shops and online already!).

Here are my tips for surviving the dreaded second novel syndrome (and getting through to the other side with your sanity mostly intact).

Lower your expectations

Your first draft will be bad. It won’t matter that you have written and published a book before. It won’t matter that you’ve read widely or done workshops or undertaken mentorships.

When you start writing another book, all the skills you thought you’d mastered the first time around will mysteriously vanish and you’ll be left facing the same challenges which plague most writers: self-doubt, procrastination and the fear of rejection.

Only by overcoming these difficulties can you elevate your book to a publishable standard and one of the best ways to achieve this is to let go of the idea of perfection and allow yourself to write a really shitty draft (or two).

At the end of the day, the truth is that published or not, we are all novices of the craft but with each book we write, we will hopefully get faster and better at editing ourselves.

Read (everything)

I know some authors dislike reading books by other authors while they’re working on a novel but I find it reassuring.

While I was writing Gulliver’s Wife, I read both fiction and non-fiction. There are so many moments of self-doubt during the writing process that I found it incredibly comforting to know that other authors forged through the dark, difficult hours and reached the other side.

There’s also the added bonus of picking up tips on structure, voice and rhythm from some of the best in the business.

Trust your editor

This one is so important. Your editor is your best friend, whether you know it or not. They can tell you what’s working and what isn’t and like any best friend, they keep all your secrets (aka your bad prose) and never reveal those secrets to anybody else!

Because of the way publishing schedules work, you will probably have less time to polish your next book to the same level you did with your debut novel (assuming you have a contract).

On the plus side, the second time around you’ll have a working relationship with an editor who has years of experience under her belt. Listen to your editor, trust their advice. They know what they’re talking about.

Resist the hype

The first time you write a book, it’s as if you’re living inside a beautiful bubble.

Then your book gets published and suddenly, you’re painfully aware of so many things you never knew about – how sales are tracking in Neilsen Bookscan, the nervous energy/terror that comes from delivering a talk in front of dozens of people at a book festival, the importance of advance reviews.

All of these things come with their own challenges. But perhaps the most challenging thing to wrap your head around is the sudden weight of expectation – the perception that you, as an author, now have a readership and a publisher who are counting on you to deliver the goods – again.

Paradoxically, in order to write well, second-time authors need to forget that those pressures exist. You can’t create something brave and beautiful if you’re worrying too much about what others think.

My advice is to write what you’re passionate about. Remember why you wanted to tell this story and try to forget about external pressures. You’ll be glad you did!

Share with others

Now that you’re a seasoned professional (ha!) and have some experience with the editing process, you might want to consider sharing your work with a group of trusted readers or your writing group (if you have one).

When I first started writing, I found it hard to accept feedback about my work. Everything felt very raw and while I appreciated my friend’s feedback, there was always this voice of doubt sitting at the back of my mind, telling me I would never be able to produce anything better. Of course, I know now that voice is a liar.

Asking for feedback is not only a fantastic way of improving your work, it’s kind of liberating. What? I hear you ask. How can having someone scribble in red pen all over your lovingly crafted prose make you feel better and not worse?

Well, you’ll just have to trust me when I say that starting over – again and again and again – actually builds up your sense of confidence. Every time you kill one of those writing darlings that made you sound clever/insightful/talented, you show that doubting voice how much you are prepared to sacrifice for the good of the story and how confident you are in your ability to make more.

Asking for feedback from members of your writing group is a great way to shortcut this process. And let’s face it, nobody is going to be harsher on us than our editor anyway…

Bonus tip!

My final tip for pushing through the hard yards of Book 2.0 is to make sure you give back to the literary community.

One of the wonderful things to come out of publishing a book is how the process exposes you to artists, editors, writers and creators.

The industry is often kind to debut novelists (thank you!) and writing festivals, book launches and online media channels are all great ways to meet people who understand exactly what you’re going through.

When it comes to writing your second book, this community becomes even more vital. So make sure you’re giving as well as taking. Buy books by Australian authors, cheer on their success and send messages of support.

When it’s time to celebrate the publication of your second book, these people will be the ones cheering for you!

Lauren Chater’s latest novel, Gulliver’s Wife, is out now. It tells the story of Mary Burton Gulliver, midwife and herbalist, whose husband is lost at sea… and returns three years later, fevered and talking in riddles. Find out more about Lauren and her books here.

 

 

 

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Industry Insider: Writing nonfiction for kids

Industry Insider: Writing nonfiction for kids

Is it your dream to write for kids? Are you imagining a picture book, novel or chapter book with your name on it?

Are you finding it difficult to ‘break in’?

Then let me ask you one more question: have you considered writing nonfiction for kids?

One of the things that my co-host Valerie Khoo and I discuss often on our podcast So You Want To Be A Writer is the importance of diverse income streams for authors and writer Brenda Gurr understands that concept very well.

Brenda’s work runs the gamut from the whimsical – her latest fiction series The Fabulous Cakes of Zinnia Jakes is just gorgeous – to the scarily factual (Monster Sharks: Megalodon and Other Giant Prehistoric Predators of the Deep, anyone?), and, as she points out here, writing nonfiction for children can be a brilliant way to expand your writing skills and your career.

And they can change a kid’s world.

Take it away Brenda Gurr…

Writing nonfiction for kids

What entices kids to read? Well-crafted plots. Characters they can relate to. Intriguing settings. Stories that whisk them away to incredible places.

Good fiction writing, of course, contains all of these things. But so can nonfiction writing.

Unfortunately, many children’s writers feel like they have only ‘made it’ in the publishing world when they have a picture book, chapter book or novel to their name. And it’s true that fiction books are the supermodels of the children’s book world. But their less glamorous counterparts can be just as fun and fascinating.

Nonfiction books can change kids’ worlds—and yours too!

As a nonfiction writer for children, you not only get to learn amazing things, you can also develop some great writing skills that are transferable to fiction writing.

Getting started

So how do you get started writing nonfiction for kids?

My best advice is to begin by thinking carefully about your own interests. Do you love history? Are you sports mad? Are you an accomplished musician? Do you have a passion for gardening?

Make a list of everything, then brainstorm which aspects of these topics might hold interest for child readers of different ages.

If we take the musician idea as an example, you might consider writing a biography about a pop star or instrument-maker. Or perhaps a picture-rich book that tells kids about instruments from around the world or the biggest and smallest instruments ever made.

Keep your ideas firmly headed towards fun and quirkiness and you can’t lose.

It’s also worthwhile thinking about how themes, plot elements or character types in your latest fiction manuscripts could lend themselves to nonfiction writing.

For example, if your main character is a star swimmer, you could consider writing a nonfiction book about how swimming strokes were invented or one that compares human swimming skills to those of different animals.

Research

One of the essential aspects of writing nonfiction is doing research – and it’s a huge amount of fun too! In fact, the hardest part can be knowing when to stop.

Make sure you only consult reputable resources – Wikipedia just doesn’t cut it, although it can be a great general starting-point (it can also provide you with useful links to excellent websites).

Read books on your topic that are aimed at adults as well as for kids. On this point, make sure you generally read plenty of nonfiction books for kids as part of your research, looking closely at the author’s style and tone, what information they chose to include and how they create a connection with their target audience.

Focus on books that have been published in the last 5 years so you become aware of changing trends. For example, creative nonfiction is very popular right now.

My number one rule for research is to have a clear focus. Ask yourself exactly what you want to get across to your readers, how you will make it relevant to their lives and which age group you wish to target.

Consider how you will treat the topic differently from other similar books you have read. This will be a familiar concept to fiction writers! You really want your book to stand out from others in the market.

Selling your work

As the published author of many short pieces of nonfiction for kids as well as books on topics ranging from prehistoric sea animals to World War I, I recommend that you make your start with the education market.

In Australia, this might include children’s magazines or educational publishers that specialise in photocopiable resources for teachers.

Outside Australia, a huge market to aim for is the American one, as there are many educational publishers who publish nonfiction books direct to school libraries.

Take a look at their websites and find out where the gaps are in their lists. You can then pitch your brilliant ideas to them. Quick, easy and often effective too!

So if you need a refreshing break from writing fiction, give nonfiction a try. It might be the perfect fit for you.

And just remember that many kids who are daunted by fiction books often devour well-written nonfiction books.

What could be more inspiring?

Brenda Gurr is an Australian author and editor, who writes both fiction and nonfiction for kids, including everything from magazine articles to entire box sets devoted to helping your kid learn to spell to picture books and novels. See her books here.

Her latest release is a junior novel called The Fabulous Cakes of Zinnia Jakes

 

 

 

Are you new here? Welcome to my blog! I’m Allison Tait, aka A.L. Tait, and I’m the author of two epic middle-grade adventure series, The Mapmaker Chronicles and The Ateban Cipher.

 You can find out more about me here, and more about my books here.

Would you love more writing tips and advice? Check out my book So You Want To Be A Writer: How To Get Started (While You Still Have A Day Job), co-authored with Valerie Khoo and based on our top-rating podcast.

Buy it here!

My Top 10 posts about writing this year

My Top 10 posts about writing this year

Top 10 Writing Posts 2019 at allisontait.comI’m getting in early with my top 10s this year, mostly because I’ve decided to have a bit of an extended summer hiatus. This one is for anyone who’s ever wondered how to be a writer.

I worked out that I’ve written around 150,000 words in 2019 – and that’s just the fiction, not the blog posts, guest posts, freelance articles, media releases, social media updates and various other bits and pieces that I write.

In addition, I’ve visited 20-odd schools, presented at eight events and festivals, acted as MS Readathon Ambassador, celebrated the 1 million downloads mark for the So You Want To Be A Writer podcast, helped create the second Shoalhaven Readers’ & Writers’ Festival – oh, and launched So You Want To Be A Writer, the book.

So, with my new novel on the way in 2020, I’m taking some time out…

I’ve got one more ‘top 10’ for readers later this week, and then I’ll be seeing you all in 2020.

But, now for the writing top 10…

Top 10 posts for writers in 2019

This year’s top 10 features only two posts that were actually written in 2019 (possibly no surprise given the above), some perennial favourites and a couple that have stormed up the annual charts out of nowhere.

I hope you find them useful!

10. 6 Tips For Getting Back Into The Swing With Your Writing

9. The 6 Cs Of Writing A Novel

8. 6 Skills You Need To Make It As A Copywriter 

7. Six Reasons You Should Start Writing Your Novel Now

6. 12 Writing Books For Teen Writers

5. What Publishers Really Want (In Their Own Words)

4. How To Edit Your Own Writing: 5 Top Tips From An Editor

3. How To Edit Your Own Writing: 5 Top Tips From A Writer

2. How To Tell If Your Writing Is Good Enough

1. How To Get The Words Written: Top 10 Tips for Writers

 

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10 (more) Australian children’s/YA authors talk about writing

10 (more) Australian children’s/YA authors talk about writing

10 Australian children's/YA authors talk writingAbout 200 episodes of So You Want To Be A Writer podcast ago, I created this lovely little round-up of insightful interviews with Australian children’s and YA authors.

I have decided that it’s high time for an update*.

If you’re hoping to be a published children’s or YA author one day, or if you’d just like to learn more about the processes behind some of your kids (okay, yours) favourite books, click the episode number to listen to the interview or read the transcript. Click the author’s name or book title to read more about them and their work.

10 Australian children’s/YA authors talk about writing

R.A. Spratt

Rachel Spratt, also known as R A Spratt, is a bestselling Australian author and television writer. She is known for the Nanny Piggins and Friday Barnes series of books, which are both available in many territories worldwide, and a new middle grade series The Peski Kids. She also continues to write for television, specialising most recently in children’s animation.

I thoroughly enjoyed this frank and engaging discussion about the reality of being a children’s author, how to manage being published in different territories, and why a bugle is always a good idea for school visits. Episode 268.

Bren MacDibble

Bren MacDibble is an Australian author of children’s fiction. She also writes YA fiction under the name Cally Black. In 2005, her first-ever YA novel, In the Dark Spaces, won the Ampersand Prize and publication with Hardie Grant Egmont, and went on to win the New Zealand Prize for CYA, a Queensland literary award, an Aurealis award, and a host of other awards, including being a CBCA honour book for 2018.

That same year, her middle grade novel, How to Bee, published by Allen and Unwin, won the CBCA Book of the Year for younger readers, and a string of other awards.

Bren and I discussed her latest middle grade novel, The Dog Runner, writing in a bus and managing two publishers and a hectic schedule! Episode 272.

Jenna Guillaume

Jenna Guillaume has been working and writing in team spaces for more than a decade, first in the features department at Girlfriend magazine, and more recently as editor-at-large at Buzzfeed Australia, specialising in pop culture, identity, feminism and social media.

We spoke about Jenna’s debut YA novel, What I Like About Me, and the role that social media played in landing her literary agent and promoting her book. Episode 274.

Amie Kaufman

Amie Kaufman is a New York Times and internationally bestselling author of science fiction and fantasy for young and not so young adults. Her multi-award winning work is either published, or slated for publication, in more than 30 countries, and is in development for film and television. Her series, for YA and middle-grade, include The Illuminae Files, The Starbound Trilogy, Unearthed and Elementals.

Amie is, in short, a rock star and this lengthy interview is engaging and generous – one of my favourites. Episode 276.

Astrid Scholte

Astrid Scholte writes YA fantasy and science fiction novels. Her debut novel, Four Dead Queens, was an international bestseller, selling into 12 territories, and she has a new novel on the way.

In this interview, Astrid takes my co-host Valerie Khoo all the way through the publishing process from germ of idea to finished book. Episode 280

Melina Marchetta

Melina Marchetta is the author of ten novels, including the multi-award winning YA novels Looking for AlibrandiSaving Francesca, and the 2009 Michael L. Printz Award winner On the Jellicoe Road. In 2011 her novel The Piper’s Son was longlisted for the Miles Franklin Award and shortlisted for the Prime Minister’s Literary Award. Her work has been made into feature films, translated into 18 languages, and published in 20 countries.

In this wide-ranging interview, we looked at the process behind Melina’s latest novel, The Place on Dalhousie, but also went all the way back to the beginning with Looking For Alibrandi – and everything in between. Episode 282.

James O’Loghlin

James O’Loghlin is one of Australia’s most respected, entertaining and experienced corporate speakers, corporate comedians and media personalities, best known as the host of over 300 episodes of the much loved The New Inventors on ABC TV, and for his witty and entertaining programs on ABC Local Radio. He is also the author of ten books, including six for children.

James and I talked about ‘how to write funny’, and how he draws on his own experiences for his popular series The New Kid. Episode 287

Matt Stanton

In seven years, children’s author and illustrator Matt Stanton has created 23 original titles, four bestselling series, and sold more than 800,000 books. In 2017, his premiere middle grade series Funny Kid, which he writes and illustrates, debuted as the number one Australian kids’ book, and is now finding fans all over the world.

In this interview, Matt and I talked about everything from his background in graphic design and how that helps him through the process of writing and illustrating his books, to working closely with his wife, bestselling picture book creator Beck Stanton. Episode 290.

Mick Elliott

Mick Elliott is the author of the popular middle-grade trilogy The Turners, and a former producer at Nickelodeon Australia, working on programs such as Slime Fest, Camp Orange, The Kids Choice Awards, and squillions of commercials.

For his latest series Squidge DibleyMick added ‘illustrator’ to his CV, and was happy to discuss the challenges and triumphs he faced. Episode 294.

Pip Harry

Pip Harry is an award-winning writer and editor. Her YA novels include I’ll Tell You Minewinner of the Australian Family Therapists Children’s Literature Award (2013), Head of the Riverlonglisted for the Gold Inky award (2015) and shortlisted for the Adelaide Festival Literary awards (2016,) and Because of Youshortlisted for the CBCA Children’s Book of the Year Awards, Victorian Premier’s Literary Award and Queensland Literary Awards (2018).

Pip’s latest (middle-grade) novel, The Little Wave, is written in verse, and we had a terrific chat about the process. Episode 301.

And then there’s…

Of course, we don’t just speak to children’s and YA authors on the So You Want To Be A Writer podcast, oh no sirreeee! With 300+ episodes to choose from, we have something for everyone, so check out our full list of episodes here.

(If I were you, I’d listen to ALL of them. I can honestly say that I have learnt something different from every single one of the amazing authors who have given up their time to share their thoughts and expertise.)

And if you’d like the inside track, get yourself a copy of So You Want To Be A Writer, the book! With hundreds and hundreds of hand-picked tips on everything from the writing process to pitching a publisher, it’s the companion guide to the writing life that you need. More info and buy it here.

 

*Having done ten, I’ve now realised there AT LEAST another ten brilliant children’s author interviews I’ve left off, so stand by for an update on the update very soon!

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