by Sara Ella
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Release Date: May 1, 2018
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The process of writing a series.
Decide where you want to end up and write until you get there. That’s pretty much it.
But seriously, I hate to disappoint, but I wouldn’t say I have a particular process. I decided to write a trilogy when trilogies were the thing. I liked trilogies and three is a nice number. Book one would be the beginning, two the middle, and three the end. I always knew how it would end, to some extent. But so much completely surprised me as well. Side characters took on huge personalities and ended up stealing the show on occasion. Villains I thought would remain villains turned out to have a good side too. And heroes showed their dark sides in ways I never expected.
I guess the biggest thing is you have to pace yourself. You can’t let your characters develop too quickly, and the same goes for relationships. Originally, I had two of my characters kissing in book one, chapter seven. Thank goodness for wonderful critique partners who reminded me it was way too soon for kissing if I wanted the series to, in fact, be a series. Every book needs its own problem. I learned that El’s internal struggles would not be enough to carry the trilogy, and that I needed much higher stakes if I wanted the story to keep going after book one. The original first manuscript didn’t have a Void or a Verity. My editor helped me develop those elements, and soon we had world issues that would span three books.
As far as writing goes, I work in layers. But not in the nice neat layers I’ve seen other writers talk about. I edit as I go and build upon problems and personalities until they become complex. Sometimes I have to reel myself in and get myself out of corners. I try to outline, but my end result is almost always different from the original synopsis I turned in to my editor.
I feel like this answer is sporadic, but so is my process, whether I’m writing a series or a stand-alone. Bottom line? Work toward an end goal and take time to reach it. Rome wasn’t built in a day and some series take years to develop. This one is going on six years. I’m so glad I finally get to share the ending with everyone. I’ve been keeping it a secret for a long time.
About the Author
Once upon a time, SARA ELLA dreamed she would marry a prince (just call her Mrs. Charming) and live in a castle (aka The Plaza Hotel). Though her fairy tale didn’t quite turn out as planned, she did work for Disney—that was an enchanted moment of its own. Now she spends her days throwing living room dance parties for her two princesses and conquering realms of her own imaginings. She believes “Happily Ever After is Never Far Away” for those who put their faith in the King of kings.
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