Charles F. French
Another aspect of writing a novel series is the issue of themes. I am not saying that ideas should dominate the work, that somehow a horror series should be written as literary fiction. I am, however, arguing Horror fiction is as strong and important as another other kind or genre of writing. I am proud to write Horror, and I believe it, as a genre, should be taken seriously.
• Do you have any repeated motifs or symbols that you intend to use?
• Are there any political of social issues that you want to include in the series?
• What oppositions or problems are your characters facing?
• What internal conflicts must the characters deal with or try to resolve in order to achieve their goals?
• What are the conflicts driving the plot?
• What are the characters trying to accomplish?
• What are the stakes for the characters?
• What must the characters overcome in order to achieve success or victory against their opponents?
Understanding these questions will be important not only for the creation of the series, but also they can serve to help you write query letters and pitches for your books, if you intend to do so.
That is a matter for another day!
Another important consideration for a horror novel series is that of arcs, those of character and plot.
All novels should have clear character arcs, the movement that a character takes internally as the external events of the story occur. Arcs should occur in each section of the novel. I tend to think of my novels as being set in three overarching acts, but that is not crucial. In my case, many chapters would occur within a given act. You should view the major divisions of your novel as best suits your needs.
• What does the character learn?
• How does the character change?
I suggest that you answer these questions about the character for each “act” of each novel, for each novel of the series, and for the overall series itself. This may seem, on first glance, to be too much analysis for a creative process, but I think that the more we, as writers, understand what we are trying to accomplish, the better the process will be.
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