Why does it always seem pathetic when a girl is in love with a boy who doesn’t love her back, and romantic and heartbreaking when a boy loves a girl who doesn’t love him
you know exactly why
Anonymous asked: hi I'm currently writing an outline for a series of four novels. what I'm struggling with is how to divide and share the information so the characters learn more as they go along. for example character back stories and revelations that keep the story moving. I don't know how to plan these and it's all getting very confusing! help?
The first book in a series should stand alone unless you’re an established author with the promise of sales. Focus on the first book first. It should have its own plot with no cliffhangers, but still with the ability to carry on.
Write the first book like you’ll never get a chance with these characters again. Reveal only what you need to reveal in that book. Don’t put in back story that can be revealed in another book.
For each book, make a timeline of when important information is revealed and which characters know it. Or, you can break it down by scene or chapter. You should also keep track of details like injuries and any actions that will affect settings (like rearranging a room or setting an object somewhere that is not picked up again for a long time) or that may cause contradictions.
When choosing when to reveal information, answer these questions:
- Is this information necessary for this plot/character/motive to make sense within this book? If no, save it for later.
- Does this information only make sense if other information is revealed first? If yes, make sure the first bit of information is revealed in its entirety and that there are no plot holes between these pieces of information.
- Which characters need to know this information and which characters cannot know this information? When revealing information that can only be known to certain characters, make sure you set up the scene that way. However, you’ll also need to make sure you put the scene itself in the right spot.
- How does this information affect the plot? Certain scenes or plot points might only be able to happen before this information is revealed. Make sure revealing information doesn’t mess up your plot or cause inconsistencies.
- How much detail are you giving? You don’t need to reveal every detail about a piece of information at one time. You can revisit this information and add more detail later on. Only put in what is necessary or what your character wants to or doesn’t want to share.
For tips on writing book series in general, go through the “book series” tag on the tags page. The back story tag might help too.