How do I go about writing a series?

I meet up with Lois of http://loiselden.com and started sharing experiences about writing. One of the things that came up was “How do you go about writing a series?”

The Diaries of James Purcell (Book #0 – The End, is coming soon) and is planned for nine book over three trilogies but, how do I find the inspiration to write the series? The analogy I used was “A series is like a tree growing. As you start writing, the story grows on its own and will split and grow branches.

This has left me with a minor issue with the series I have started writing the first of a side series called “Valkyries – The Lady Death.” The Valkyries series follows the female main characters as they o about there lives outside of the main series. so far the first few of the series previously held the title of Æther tempest (a trilogy) but the title never felt right.

The current plans for the Valkyrie series is a follows.

v#1 – The Lady Death
v#2 – Captain Lee
v#3 – The Elf Captain
v#4 – McClays Tempest.

The Lady death while starting as a NaNoWriMo project starts in T.D.J.P – BOOK #0 – The End and will parallel the main James Purcell cycle while the other 3 fit between the two trilogies that make up the James Purcell cycle.

But, I’ve wondered off subject here. The ideas for these books started as chapters and paragraphs in the main stories but as questions started to rise, notes and background fluff started to be generated. These “Fluff” text soon start to take on their own life and demand attention. It is this point that the branches grow to their own branches and eventually enough notes exist that you have another book.

(I really hope that helps)

She also asked me the following: When writing a sequel how do you avoid reproducing chunks of the previous books in the fear the readers will have question about because they didn’t read the first?

There are many ways to answer this.

1, The Prologue. I once read that a prologue is not often read because it usually doesn’t contain much that adds to the story. To me, this feels like the ideal place to recap the previous book.
2, Flash backs. Characters will always drift of and remember or day dream about previous events.
3, Hints and subtle clues. If you want to avoid the recaps and memories then another option is to just drop hints to the past events. assuming that the reader doesn’t expect everything to be reproduced then (I hope) that these hints will be enough to make readers thing, “Oh I’ve missed a book here and ned to read the previous one.”

I apologise if this is hard to understand but I do tend to confuse explanations at times but, the other reason is that I have “Man Flu” (ROFL) and feel drained from not much sleep.
If anyone has any questions please feel free to ask them.

B.T.W once I have finished the ebook I will move on to P.O.D publishing via amazons createspace so expect a writeup of that soon.

See you in port next time Airship Captains and Words Scribes!

Published in: on October 26, 2014 at 6:59 am  Leave a Comment  
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Talking about writing

Originally posted on Lois Elsden:

It’s always interesting to talk about writing, but it’s especially interesting to talk to someone who writes themselves… to talk and listen! I never mind wittering on to anyone about what I do and how I do it, but what really gets me thinking is listening to another writer!

Today I had a meet-up in Taunton with another National Novel Writing Month Writer, someone who like me is going to challenge themselves to write 50,000 words during the month of November. We talked about our plans, we talked about our past experiences, we talked about how we write and think and plan and work things out. I was particularly interested to talk about the difficulties of writing a sequel; it was so useful and helpful to listen to someone who has done just that, and to hear about his solutions and suggestions.

He is writing a cycle of novels, spanning different times…

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Published in: on October 25, 2014 at 7:13 pm  Leave a Comment  

NaNoWriMo 2014, The Story that never was supposed to start!

NaNoWriMo 2014, The Story that never was supposed to start!

I have thought long and hard over Joining NaNoWriMo this year and I have to say that I have given in and posted up my entry.

Like most stories, I had never even thought about this but the idea is running away and a character that was killed in the beginning of book #0 The End (hopefully coming out for haloween) is having her own novel. My novel called “The Lady Death” follows James fiancee Eleanor Theologian as she faces death and the fact that she can never be with him again no matter how many time he may die.

This book will involve spoilers concerning the nine book’s that make up the main stream of “The Diaries of James Purcell” so will probably not see the light of day until I finish the series (well not unless I cave under pressure of readers who want to know more.

#NaNoWriMo #JamesPurcell #Writing #2014

Published in: on October 20, 2014 at 6:52 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Looking for the source of an image

Has anyone ever seen this image before? ac5a93fe4d299258aae8938c0ef7f158 I would like to use an edited version of it in my book but have run out of links to follow to its source. Does anyone spot where this image came from and who its creator was?

Ahh getting somewhere. was made by Edgar Clement, and was snatched from his image La Trinca (The Holy Trio)

James is Dimension hopping again.

Oh the life of James Purcell is one that is full of interesting events.

Feeling a touch of boredom, he has crossed the long earth (copyright Sir Terry Pratchet) and arrived at a non alliance linked earth and ended up in the middle of a multiple murder case.

http://rpg.steampunkcreations.co.uk

Published in: on September 26, 2014 at 6:21 am  Leave a Comment  

Preview (ish)

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Here is a shot using the online previewer to check the graphic/copyright page.

The image at the bottom is the publishing logo I am keeping to and is a spoiler to the second series of this book set (after I get the first 9 books published along with starting my fantasy series!

Published in: on September 20, 2014 at 9:13 pm  Leave a Comment  

Line brake or not to line brake, that is the question.

Ok now I am confused a hell with formatting,

Some people say that a blank line between paragraphs looks lazy and scruffy, but to me, not having the line look lazy and scruffy and is bad on the eyes,

What is the correct answer?

Published in: on September 20, 2014 at 6:58 pm  Comments (2)  
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The Lady with the Wyvern – Penny Blake

The Lady With The Wyvern…

By Penny Blake.

Once upon a teatime merry, as I set my table heavy

Laden up with scones and crumpets, florentines and cakes galore

Whilst I sat, my tea a –lapping, suddenly there came a tapping

As of someone gently rapping, rapping at my parlour door

‘Tis some visitor,’ I muttered ‘tapping at my parlour door

Wanting tea, oh what a bore!’

Up I leapt, I well remember, flung the tea into the fender

Grabbed the table, newly laden, cast its contents to the floor

Eagerly I sought the dustpan, with its brush and so I began

To erase the scene of plenty, lest this guest from me implore

Sustenance. I, diligently, swept each last crumb from the floor

Evidence was there no more.

Still the tapping came, now ruder, heralding this bold intruder

‘Gods above’, thought I, ‘a teatime never suffered thus before’

So that now, to still the beating of my heart, I stood repeating

‘Let them in, tis merry meeting, not a crumb sits on the floor.

Chat a while and then, politely, show them once again the door.

Then begin the tea once more.’

Presently my soul grew stronger, hesitating then no longer,

‘Sir’ said I ‘or Madam truly your forgiveness I implore;

But the fact is I was lapping tea, no, sorry, I was napping

And so gently you came tapping, tapping at my parlour door

That I scarce was sure I heard you’ – here I opened wide the door: -

Darkness there and nothing more.

Feeling vexed, my temper miffin, at this wanton waste of tiffin

And unfounded fears that caused me to cast all upon the floor,

Silently I stood upbraiding, all my senses and degrading

Every cell which had imagined rapping at my parlour door

‘Fool’ I muttered ‘now the table must be spread as was before.

What an utter bloody chore.’

Back again to spread the table, just as fast as I was able

Soon again I heard a tapping, somewhat louder than before

‘Surely,’ said I ‘tis no fancy, this time and I must happensee

What it is that so insists on plaguing thus my parlour door

Let my teacup rest a moment and this mystery I’ll explore

Then I’ll sup in peace once more.’

Open here I flung, with meaning, parlour door and, brightly gleaming,

In there stepped a clockwork wyvern, hot breath crackling the air

Not a single greeting gave he, not a moment stopped or stayed he

But, as I cried ‘some god save me from this beast oh I declare,’

Perched himself upon the silken cushion of my favourite chair -

‘Look here, sunshine that’s my chair!’

Not forgetting I was British, though I felt a little skittish

At the grave and stern decorum of the countenance it wore

‘Sir,’ I said ‘Would you partake, with me, in having tea and cake?

As you can see a finer table never was there spread before –

But the creature shook its head and, pointing to me with a claw,

Quoth the wyvern ‘One cup more.’

Much I chuckled this creation to hear hest, as if libation,

One more cup of this sweet nectar for myself I should now pour

‘sure’ said I ‘some fiend hath sent thee, For amusement he hath leant me

Tempter sent to thus torment me, with this mantra ‘one cup more’

Sent this brass abomination for amusement to implore

Me to drink ‘just one cup more’

But the wyvern, sitting brazen, on my cushions it had taken,

Fixed me with its burning eyes and, once again, it did implore

Nothing further then it spoke – till I said ‘tis some bad joke

But to appease thee I’ll oblige’ and so a cup I then did pour

Drank and thought the matter ended, rose to show the thing the door

Then it chanted ‘one cup more.’

‘Be that phrase our sign of parting, Hullish fiend!’ I shrieked, upstarting

‘Take thy talons from my teapot, and vacate my chair once more

Thou hast made a grave mistake in thinking I would certain break

My will and meekly thus partake, at your demand, this ‘one cup more’

Certain your corruption I will not endure a moment more

Quoth the wyvern ‘One cup more.’

‘Villain’, said I ‘thing of evil – sent from Hull and certain devil

I will lap this tea at leisure, and if I chose now to pour

For myself another cup, it’s only for myself I sup

And not a shred of credit to you, fiendish thing that doth implore

Wicked wyvern, by your words I’m putting neither stock nor store,

Still, I will have one cup more.’

And, alas, I still am sitting, still am sipping, still am sipping

On bequest of this grim wyvern, one cup more, just one cup more

And his eyes have all the seeming, of a demon’s that is scheming

And his scales, still brightly gleaming, I have come now to adore

As I, dutifully lift the teapot and again outpour

For myself ‘just one cup more…’

Published in: on September 20, 2014 at 9:05 am  Leave a Comment  

So close, yet so far!

Last night marked a milestone in getting my first book finished!

Writing – Done!
Editing – Done!
Formatting – Done!
Testing – 90%!
Target release date – Still on target! All Hallows Eve/Halloween/Oct 31st!

There are a few graphical glitches with the internal artwork but it’s nearly there!
So excited!

Published in: on September 18, 2014 at 6:37 am  Leave a Comment  
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My neck hurts!

I’m once step closer to getting the book ready for its release next month!
I have now finished the low level formatting and cleanup and now can start on the high-level formatting that readers will see.

My neck hurts so now i’m going to try and get drunk!

See you in port next time Airship Captains.

Published in: on September 16, 2014 at 6:55 pm  Comments (3)  
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