Working on a new book series is an interesting task to undertake. It’s been a few years since I’ve done that, and I forgot the amount of work that goes into that first book. The debut book in a new series is not just the book that makes or breaks it for your readers, but it’s the platform. Everything that your series will be starts there, which means there is a lot of thought that needs to go into it. And that’s not easy feat.
As a series progresses, you know where your series is going. You know who your characters are, you know their backgrounds, you know their story ARC’s and character turns, you know a great deal about everything. When you first start writing a new series however, it’s all a blank page. You’re not just writing a new story, you’re building a new world, you’re developing new people to live in that world, and you’re fabricating a reality that needs to ring true to your readers while at the same time taking them to a place they’ve never been. So that first book doesn’t start with just a blank page for a new story, it’s a blank page for a new lifetime. And it isn’t just one blank page either, there are literally dozens. There’s a new page for each character, each aspect of the story, the magic scale, the monsters, the landscape, and when you’ve gone through those and a ton of other ones, then comes the first page for the book itself. That’s not to say I do it all in that order, because generally that’s not the case at all, but it all needs to be done nonetheless.
In the past six months I’ve started three different series. The first is one I’ve spoken about before, and the only reason I’m not currently working on it is because it’s not quite ready. There are some aspects to things I haven’t worked out quite yet and I’m letting them marinate. The second is an idea that excites me, but I’m not ready to work on it. It doesn’t have the right feel for the type of story I want to tell. The final is the book I’m currently working on it. It’s fun, dark, edgy, and exciting, but it’s also a lot of work. All of the new ‘pages’ I listed above are all pages that I need to do. Some of them require a great amount of thought, others fun brainstorming sessions, and some just need time to develop, but that often happens as I write. But this book has my imagination running rampant. There’s so much going on inside my head, sometimes I can’t even write because I can’t organize my thoughts. It’s been a while since I’ve had that happen and been so excited about a new project. I’ve written the first three chapters thus far, and I’m partway into the fourth. Although they’re likely to change from time to time, in light of giving you something new to read, I’m going to try and post some teasers and samples over the next few weeks. And in addition to that, I’m brainstorming a few short stories that I hope to either publish, or put up in the Short Story tab soon. With that said, I should disappear for a little while and get some of this story done. Happy Monday!