Friday, 31 October 2014

Writing - How to produce a fiction series or not!



When I started writing five years ago the plan was to produce a novel. Eight books later I have a series, plus one stand alone story and a collection of poetry.



The series of Steele novels has evolved by accident rather than by design. I didn't set out to write a number of novels with the one central character. What actually happened was that when I was approaching the end of 'I Have To Get It Right' an idea occurred for a follow up novel which I began writing as soon as the first was published. This process has brought me to where I am today which is starting the 7th Steele novel temporarily entitled 'Grace and Favour'. 

Then I started looking into writing series and guess what - I've been doing it wrong!!!!!!

How to write a series:Master the art of Sequential Fiction

7 tips on writing a series

5 Mistakes to avoid when writing a fiction series

Writing A Series: 7 continuation issues to avoid

How to write a book series - 8 steps (with pictures)

The above is a sample of the 286 million results from Google. I particularly like the last one with pictures, very valuable for people who write!


The above writing series is probably of more value. I don't subscribe to the 'idiot's guide' way of proceeding or have a drive to try and tell others how to do something. I am open to any questions on how I have achieved my current position.

 My hero was created post recession and so has no concept of how 'good' things were pre-2008. In 'I Have To Get It Right' when he began to flex his muscles he was working in an accountant's office. Then after the Gurentai took him under their wing and removed all of his financial worries, it was justice that was his major concern. He did become involved in international relations in 'The 51st State' but it was for the maintenance of a respectful distance between countries, rather than economic reasons. His trips into the USA had repercussions which can be read about in 'The Biter Bit' but then by the time things began to change in 2011 and the recession was really biting, Steele was trying to make sense of the state of the nation in 'A Changed Reality' and coming up against some really nasty people taking advantage of the shortage of money. By the time the USA are out of their recession Steele's steps are still being dogged by an unknown enemy from the same country. In 'Inceptus' we also find out more about what makes the man tick. The most recent Steele book 'Castled' Steele is once again at risk from unseen enemies. It would seem that he has become quite recession proof!

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This is a dystopian story that hinges directly on the state of the nation as a result of fiscal mismanagement. Having said that it is more a story of human relations, privations, love and loss.

God Bless