This week at the Carnival we are discussing sequels. Some posts may be on reviewing them or reading them. I am going to talk about writing them because I used to write single-titles. My first YA book turned into a trilogy. Is it harder to write a series?
I don't think harder is the right word. There are different problems that come with writing a series. I think most people expect sequels to suck. Maybe because they usually do. Twilight comes to mind. I loved the first book in that series, but as each one came along I was less and less inspired by them. Star Wars (yes, I know it's a movie) was so incredible. The follow-up was a little less great. I still enjoyed them, but I would say the first is my favorite.
It's hard to keep a series going. In the case of Vampires Rule, I had way too much to fit into one book. It had to become a series. Although I hope people like the sequels, I suspect they will be compared to the first and found lacking in some way. To me, sequels are great because your characters have a chance to grow. By the end of the Rule series, I think my main character Jack will be a different person in some aspects. At least I hope he will.
The Witch-Hunt series is a different sort of series. Each book can stand alone. They each have different characters and a new game to play.
The problems with writing a series vary from writer to writer. When it comes to me, I think the hardest thing is keeping everything going. Sometimes I feel like a juggler with too many balls in the air. LOL
Anyway, feel free to click on the awesome authors below and see what they had to say on the subject.