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Planning a Book Series?

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Sun Jan 08, 2012 12:21 am
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katiehorsie says...

So I am working on a trilogy right now, which will most likely be followed by another trilogy. I am on the planning part right now however, and I am having a few issues figuring out what I am going to have happen. Normally when I write, I go in without a plan and let it just happen, but that is not working with something this big. Anyways, I was wondering if anyone had any tips for me about planning. If you could maybe through out a few ideas or ways to organize my planning, I would be eternally grateful. Thank you. :D

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Rosendorn says...

Don't try to control the plot.

Even if you're working with something big, just let it happen the way it wants to happen. Maybe have a rough outline of stuff you think might happen, but prepare to throw this outline out at the first unpredictable thing your characters do.

I'm working on a trilogy myself, and I have a rough beginning and ending point for each book. These points are near-constantly changing (although some events don't change) and I let them as the plot keeps going.

My best advice is to have an idea where you're going, but be ready to adjust everything on short notice.
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