Is this is a debate every author has with themselves? Should I expand the first book into a trilogy, a series, or a stand alone. How do you choose?
There are a lot of single books out there by wonderful authors. Stephen King, Jack London, Oscar Wilde, Edgar Allen Poe, Harper Lee, and many more. All of these wonderful author’s wrote books that were stand alone’s. They were not in a series or part of a trilogy. I put Stephen King as an example because not all of his books are a series or trilogy. Though he did write some of those as well.
Just as some author’s write single books, other’s write trilogies and series. Though these author’s are more well known because of it. Stephen King, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Anne Rice, Catherine Coulter just to name a few.
So for as many author’s as there are for writing single books, there are just as many who write trilogies and or series.
I had debated back and forth with myself about just writing a single book, should I write a trilogy, or set out on an adventure and make it a series. I honestly didn’t know if I would be able to write more than one book and keep it believable. I didn’t feel that my character’s could hold up to it either. Yet…
When I started writing the first book, I Believe I was prepared to only write one. Why you ask. I felt I had a single story to tell. Only one. It had been eating at me for years! The main character started to take over my thoughts. SHE insisted that the book be written. So when it was finished I didn’t think I would be writing another one. And yet, here I am working on the 3rd book in the series. Yes, a series. There is a total of 20 books. 20 of them. The main character, Cian McGrath, has a story to tell. A story that, according to all the outlines for all 20 books, is so important that it needs to be told. So what is an author to do?
Not all author’s feel as I do. So there will always be the debate between whether or not they should write a single book, a series, or a trilogy. And each author will have the internal debate with themselves and their character’s (yes, this is a real thing, lol.). We will argue that there isn’t enough of a story line for more than one. That it wouldn’t work for this reason or that. Sometimes we will win. Other times, we lose.
I lost. So I sit down at my computer, daily, and continue to write. I will write till there is no more story to tell. I will write till my character is too old to talk to me anymore and the story dies. As all stories must come to an end.