Hi all! Please extend a warm welcome to one of my newer bloggy friends: Amy Lunderman. She’s really sweet and her blog is always a fun place to stop for writing tips/experiences, blog fests and author interviews. So please head over there and say hi! ^_^
Hi there, many thanks to Misha for having me today! My name is Amy Lunderman and I’m a newly self-published author of They Walk and They Stumble. Which are the first two books in my They Walk Trilogy, a paranormal romance thriller with zombies. Mostly though, I’m a stay at home mom with a passion to write anything paranormal whether they are adult or young adult.
This brings me to the topic I want to talk about. This is the preference in reading and writing either a series or a standalone novel. Both options can be a tricky feat, in reading and writing the same. And everyone has their own opinion on it. For me, personally I’m a pretty big series fan. Mostly because, once I come up with a story idea it’s very hard to compact it all into one novel.
Thus, bores my question in how can do you choose between one and the other? What are the similarities and differences when choosing, and how do we know we’re making the right decision as writers? The answer is that as writers, we never know if we’re making the right or wrong decision. Or realistically there is no right answer. Every story is different, and all take the writer and reader into its own journey on its path to conclusion. To break both options down, I gathered my thoughts on what makes a series and standalone work.
Standalone Novel: With a standalone, there is one mind set to finishing, and that is to make the entire thing come to a conclusion. It usually starts with the introduction to the plot, and it reaches a crescendo, and then the plot pieces fit together and unit for the finish. This is what I usually have trouble with as a writer, it takes me forever to try to conclude the plot in just one book. As a reader though, I love getting right to the point in a story where everything has its own place and makes sense.
Novel Series: With a series, this is most times two separate mind sets. The first is a single plot that is spaced out through the entire series. The second is where the main plot is wrapped up in the first book, and then using the same theme a new plot is created for the continuation of the series. This is where a series is my choice, because you can continue the story and make it what you will. As a reader, I like to join in on the journey of the characters and see where the story takes them.
That is my take on the series vs. standalone preference, but what is yours? Do you love having a story that you know will have a conclusion with one book? Or do you love having the story carry you to places unimaginable with a series? The reading and writing world is very vast, and every part of it is a journey worth taking.