Getting Serious About Writing a Series by LISA WELLS
In this course, you will design your series bible, create the eleven items it must include (listed below), and learn series-writing tips from award-winning authors, including:
- Bella Andre
- Romily Bernard
- Laura Bradford
- Allison Brennan
- Diana Cosby
- Vicky Dreiling
- Angie Fox
- Adrienne Giordano
- Diana Groe
- Charlotte Hubbard
- Darynda Jones
- Kieran Kramer
- C.J. Lyons
- Shirley Jump
- Brenda Novak
- Pamela Palmer
- Robin Perini
- Bonnie Ramthun
- Renee Ryan
- Jeanne Stein
- Joan Swan
- Story structure. Learn how to shape your story and series for the best fit.
- Specification of your story's use of time. Do your books have a clock that ticks backward as well as forward?
- Series connection plan. Don't leave the way your books are going to connect to chance. Study and seize a style that will keep readers coming back for more.
- Rules. Boundaries. Limitations. Whatever you call them, you must set them before you write your series. If you don't, you risk your books becoming a joke.
- A personalized contract. You will need one to keep you on track for deadlines.
- Record of how your series will end. Stimulating ideas for the end of your series is important. Even if you're a pantser, you need to know how your series could finish with a boom.
- Opening scene - script it until it's perfect.
- Plot possibilities. There is a smorgasbord of ways you can develop plot ideas. Your bible should include pages for you to track your ideas for the books as well as the series.
- Develop you elevator pitch for your first book.
- Develop your elevator pitch for your series.
- Develop your series paragraph for your query letter.
- Synopsis. If an agent requests a synopsis, and it's almost guaranteed they will, learn how to create one without going insane.
Lisa Wells is a 22-year veteran educator. For the past 16 years, she's enjoyed a rollercoaster journey called: The School Counselor – Dramas, Dreams, and Destinies. Add the theme song to Jaws, and you have the feel for this fun ride. Author of DIBS, a sexy romance, nominated as Debut Book That Rocks and Best Book of The Year, Lisa believes writers should never quit studying their craft. When she decided to write a series and couldn't find affordable material that taught the nuances of writing series vs. stand alone books, she designed her own how-to-class. Self-appointed number one fan of Margie Lawson, she was thrilled to teach at Lawson Writer's Academy.
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