LA Weatherly is a trilogy queen. With the amazing ‘Angel’ series under her belt and the second book in the ‘Broken Sky’ trilogy now on shelves, she knows what she talking about.
I mean, is there anyone who wouldn’t want to read about a world where war is illegal, your date of birth determines your destiny and everything is oh, so perfect. Or is it?
We obvs needed to know all of LA Weatherly’s writing secrets and we even managed to persuade her to spill ’em.
Thinking of writing a big, epic trilogy?
STOP! DON’T DO IT! TRUST ME!
Really? You still want to write one?
YEARS OUT OF YOUR LIFE, PEOPLE! YEARS OF STARING BLANKLY WHEN SPOKEN TO BECAUSE YOU’RE OBSESSED WITH YOUR CHARACTERS AND YOUR WORLD AND PLOT POINTS THAT REFUSE TO BEHAVE!
…Wow. I really can’t dissuade you?
OK, well, I don’t pretend to have all the answers. But for what it’s worth, here are some tips I’ve picked up from writing two big, epic trilogies that altogether total … *counts; feels faint* … over seven hundred thousand words.
- Don’t do it.
- If you really must do it, make sure you’re passionate about your concept and your characters. You’re going to be spending a lot of time with this thing – if you don’t LOVE it, all caps, you’re in trouble.
- If you have a significant other, sit them down gently. Explain you’ll be on another planet for the next three years or so. Ask them to support you in this madness and bring you chocolate on a regular basis.
- Make sure the concept is big enough to span three books. ‘Epic’ means that the consequences can affect the entire world. Wars are good! So are supernatural threats on a global scale. *thumbs up*
- Plan things out. This may or may not make any difference – c’mon, we all know that your characters will completely take over and might refuse to do anything you want – but it at least gives you an illusory feeling of control at the start, which is comforting.
- Speaking of which….yeah, your characters are probably right. Get to know them. Keep making their stakes higher and higher. And listen to what they tell you.
- “Tell you”? Voices in your head. Not good. Eat more chocolate.
- Each book should ideally end on a feeling of emotional roundness, even though at the end of books one and two, there’s still plenty to be explored, because you are SO not through threatening the world with your fictional menace yet.
- Go for a walk. Seriously. Stop staring bleakly at your computer screen, trying to figure out that troublesome plot point. Just go for a walk, already.
- Sometimes it may not feel like it, but you WILL get there. Enjoy the ride – there’s no thrill like it.
Have you ever tried writing a novel? Let us know how it went in the comments below.
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