When I was writing Sonic fanfic, I didn’t have a series plan. My series was like a never-ending tower of Lego bricks. I added on a bit here, and added on a bit there. So to date, my Sonic series looks like the literary version of the Winchester Mystery House.
You can’t do that with published work. Publishers want to know if you’re writing a series, and how many books will be in it. Readers expect a beginning, a middle, and an end. Even very long-running series have an end. (Sherlock Holmes and Hercule Poirot both died.)
I’ve been chewing on that with our Spacetime series. I’ve been writing in the world willy-nilly, with hardly a thought as to where it was all leading. My husband, though, keeps envisioning a big finale where the Big Bad gets loose and all the heroes have to join forces to stop her.
So I sat down and tried to order (and title) the series. To my surprise, it actually falls into some kind of series order. Here’s the main characters and their (working) titles:
Book 1: Carda (Strider of Chronos: The Driver)
Book 2: Illianna (Strider of Chronos: The Chessmaster)
Book 3: Rick (Strider of Chronos: The Dragonknight)
Book 4: Revi (Strider of Chronos: The Assassin)
Book 5: Demetrius (Strider of Chronos: The Fallen)
I realized that every hero is always the Strider of Chronos (time and space powers together), and they all deal with Inferna (the Big Bad) in some way. I’ve written all but the fifth book already.
Looking at this makes me excited. It’s like having a road map to fun places. I know where I’ve been, where I’m going, and how I need to angle the other stories in their future drafts to tie them together. So far they’re all stand-alone stories, so you could read them in any order (except not the last book, it does need to go last).
And it just figures that the story I’m writing for Nano is a different series entirely, but still set in the Spacetime universe. I’d love to have a mystery series. This particular mystery is turning out to be so much fun!