Posted on December 14, 6: The delay in finishing and publishing the third tale in the Dylan Hunter thriller series is taxing the patience of his devoted fans, and knowing that only adds to my own stress. The book has posed challenges for me on a number of levels.
Subscribe to our FREE email newsletter and download free character development worksheets! Rachel Scheller September 10, One of the main concerns writers should have when planning and writing a series is consistency.
But what does it mean to be consistent? Why is this so important? Wiesner discusses the five major red flags of inconsistency—and what you can do to prevent them in your own fiction series. A deus ex machina situation is one in which an improbable event or element is introduced into a story to resolve all the problematic situations and bring the story to a close.
In a conventional Greek tragedy the producers actually lowered an actor playing a god onto the stage at the end of the play and he resolved all the conflicts. Talk about unsatisfying for the audience! Any author worth his salt needs to create plausible backstory and motivation for every action, and she has to make characters heroic enough to solve their own problems.
In other words, you go from one situation to the next without any explanation for the radical change. If you want something to be believable, you need to set it up logically and you need to set it up early enough so it will be readily accepted by the reader. That absolutely requires advance planning.
Changed Premise This category includes information given in one episode that directly contradicts information in another. In a series this can be fatal. If your book series has a Changed Premise from one book to the next, readers will lose respect. If anything concerning character, plot, or setting conflicts with something that was previously established, it would fit under the Changed Premise heading.
Names and jobs can also accidentally change through the course of a series. For instance, in The X-Files both main characters used cell phones throughout most of the series, but the phones were used inconsistently, in ways that forced the viewers to question the logic.
In one episode, Mulder was trapped underground in the middle of a desert called Nowhere—was there actually a cell phone tower nearby that allowed him to get good reception?
Continuity and Production Issues Again, in both The X-Files and Star Trek, errors often crept up as a direct result of someone on staff not checking the manual or previous episodes before going ahead with the episode. How often was a setting shot reused and only slightly altered in Star Trek because coming up with something new would have been expensive or time consuming?
Not only that, but the Romulans also used Klingon weapons. Readers will feel your impatience and probably wonder why you skimped. If you give a character two birthdays or have him get younger instead of older as a series progresses, these are less crucial issues but nevertheless problems.
Unanswered Questions If the author is never going to answer a nagging question, why invest anything, especially time and passion, in the series?
While each book in the series must have satisfactory individual story arc resolutions, all series-arc questions must be answered in the final book of the series or readers will be furious, perhaps enough to ban you as an author for life.
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How to Write a Blog Series. Posted By Darren Rowse 24th of March Writing Content 0 Comments. MindBlog has a good post on Writing a Series of Blog posts which outlines the process that Eric goes through when putting together a series of .
While neither as thorough as Strunk & White nor as inspiring as many of the good writing books, this is still a handy box of tools ideal for thumbing through and picking up reminders to improve your writing (and reminding you of all the bad writing techniques in this very sentence).
Hot on the heels of my release of The Dylan Hunter Thrillers Box Set ebook (see the preceding post), Audible has just published the audiobook edition of WINNER TAKES ALL.
It’s also available on iTunes..
This big, exciting recording clocks in at a whopping 18 hours, 26 minutes of thrills, action, romance, suspense, and political intrigue. A blog (a truncation of the expression "weblog") is a discussion or informational website published on the World Wide Web consisting of discrete, often informal diary-style text entries (posts).Posts are typically displayed in reverse chronological order, so that the most recent post appears first, at the top of the web page.
Until , blogs were usually the work of a single individual. 7 Reasons to Write a Series of Posts on Your Blog. Writing more than one post on a single topic comes with many benefits. Here are .