S T E V E H A V I L L
WRITING A SERIES: JOYS AND PITFALLS
Be yourself – don’t copy.
Create a large world. Stress setting.
“Once you create a character, he is forever that character.”
Once you mention a knife, there’s no need to describe it. “When she has to use it, we’ll know.”
Write a character driven story.
Beware of endearing habits or pets. “If there’s no reason for the pet, shoot the dog.”
A trilogy shows the writer has a plan.
Rule: Be hard on your heroes.
Map your book.
P.S. These notes were mine – don’t blame Steve for anything but the quoted material — and even then, there was plenty of context. And I’m sure he loves dogs. You get the idea. These are the highlights. Use them if you can.