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
1. Story structure. Learn how to shape your story and series for the best fit.
2. Specification of your story’s use of time. Do your books have a clock that ticks backward as well as forward?
3. 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.
4. 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.
5. A personalized contract. You will need one to keep you on track for deadlines.
6. 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.
7. Opening scene – script it until it’s perfect.
8. 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.
9. Develop you elevator pitch for your first book.
10. Develop your elevator pitch for your series.
11. Develop your series paragraph for your query letter.
12. 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.