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January 21st, 2005, 02:26 PM
Are there any specific rules to series writing? I had an idea to start a series of books that were related only by the job of being a US Army soldier. But then my series took me in another direction and I started writing a sequal to the first book in my series. How exactly do series books work? :confused:

January 21st, 2005, 07:11 PM
However you want them to.
They can be linked because they take place in the same world (setting), they can be linked because they are progressions in the life of a character, they can be linked by pretty much any common element.
The question is, what would you like to write a series about?

January 21st, 2005, 07:30 PM
A planned series starts with a master plot or over-story that is divided among the series books. A good example is the first three books of the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy trilogy.

A continuing series is one that develops out of sequels. Sort of like the fourth and fifth books of the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy trilogy.