It’s the first Wednesday of the month again, time for a post for the Insecure Writer’s Support Group.
The IWSG question for September: How do you find the time to write in your busy day?
My answer: It doesn’t apply to me. There are two reasons.
- I’m lucky – I don’t have a day job. I’m freelancing for a local newspaper, and when I don’t have an article to write, I work on my fiction. Or I procrastinate. 🙂
- I live alone, so I do just as many chores as I want to. If I don’t wish to cook or clean, today or ever, I don’t do it. Nobody is there to object. I don’t have to take care of anyone, cook for a family, spend time with a husband, etc. My children are grown-ups and live independently. I can’t say I’m lucky in that respect—such existence can be lonely sometimes—but at least I write as much as I want to.
Now here is the proper IWSG post. Most fantasy writers today write series: three books or more. Some make a series about one particular character or a bunch of the same characters. Others situate their series in the same world but vary the protagonists, as if picking and choosing events from the history and geography of their world. Recently I wrote a detailed post about series in fantasy for my publisher’s blog.
I wrote a series united by the same world too, but only two first books, centering on different protagonists, have been published. The rest of my novels still need some revisions. Maybe that’s why my sales have been dismal. Maybe if I published two or three books about each of my heroes, I’d have done better in the sales department.
Even my short stories and flash fiction inspire comments of the kind: “So is there going to be a sequel?” The first time it happened with my humorous sci-fi flash Blue Santa, I was pleasantly surprised. I wrote it for a blog hop challenge and didn’t expect any serious feedback, just a few smiles. But several of the readers asked for a sequel.
Then I wrote another flash fiction, Carmela’s Copy, and got the same comments. The readers wanted a sequel, even though I never considered one.
I don’t think I’m going to write sequels for either of those extremely short stories but I suppose I have to concentrate on finishing my novels and publishing them, so at least one large series is available to my readers.
Have you encountered the same phenomenon? Do you write novels in series? Sequels for your short stories? What happened to the stand-alone novels? Do they still have a future, especially in fantasy?