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Plotting a series

Do you write standalone books, or series? Are series limited to particular genre? How do you go about plotting a series? JK Rowling [above] said in 2006 that the fact she’d sketched out the entire Harry Potter series had been criticised by some. “I think they thought it was very arrogant of me to write the end of my seven-book series when I didn’t have a publisher and no-one had heard of me.” Now she is series planning again, this time for up to seven crime novels featuring PI Cormoran Strike, who first appeared in The Cuckoo’s Calling. Second novel The Silkworm was published in 2014, and the third is said to be on the way. I don’t have a problem with that, do you? Is it arrogance, or just confidence in a good character and lots of story ideas? When indie/trad published author Hugh Howey [below], of Wool series fame, was asked at the 2104 London Book the secret to selling lots of books, he said: ‘write the next one’ and ‘write a series’. Howey and Rowling are prolific, they are obviously driven to tell stories. Rowling famously invented Harry Potter during a train journey, without pen and paper to
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Categories: On Writing.

If books were real, Hermione Granger…

Hermione Granger… would secretly eat wasabi peas while reading Diana Gabaldon’s ‘Outlander’ series, book after book.     ‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows’ by JK Rowling [UK: Bloomsbury] How would other fictional characters behave, if they were real? Mikael Blomkvist in ‘The Girl with the Dragon Tatoo’ Elizabeth Bennet in ‘Pride and Prejudice’ Katniss Everdeen in ‘The Hunger Games’ And if you’d like to tweet a link to THIS post, here’s my suggested tweet: If #books were real, Hermione Granger: HP AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS by @jk_rowling via @SandraDanby
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Categories: Book Love and If books were real....