What? How did it get to be Friday already!
I love my characters.
But have I gotten stuck in a rut? Am I writing the series because it’s (moderately) popular, or because I’m lazy?
It’s so easy to jump back into a story with the same characters, my good buddies. Just a new problem, maybe a slight expansion of the world, a few new secondary characters, some new Bad Guys . . . But the heavy work, the Hero is already there, full formed and raring to go. You already know the color of his hair and eyes, how tall he is and why he has this bad attitude toward women. His job, his proficiencies, his boss, home car or horse, favorite gun or sword . . . already done.
Now, the fans, all twelve of them, are clamoring for more stories with the hero. And being who they are, they all have specific things they want to see, and apparently spend a serious amount of time thinking up disastrous situations I ought to throw him in.
It’s really hard to resist.
Hard to tell yourself that you’re feeling stale, and need to do something entirely different for at least one book, maybe two.
And once you’ve done that . . . darned if that one doesn’t show signs of being the first book in a new series.
You can’t win.
You just have to keep writing.
How to kill a series? The main one that seems to work for TV series is to marry off the MC. Once there’s no sexual tension, it’s Dead, Jim. Or at least it’s supposed to be. Mine had kids that took over. Then grandkids. Great grandkids are starting to show up.
Maybe I will solve The Last Problem in the Multiverse, and all the fans will be happy.
The first book:
And the 24th!!!!!!