I knew it would be a lot of work planning a six-book series, but I wasn’t prepared for exactly how much work it would turn out to be. The idea of doing my first series came to me when I ran across photos of two men who are unrelated, but were physically so similar they could be brothers.
This is my idea of Charles and Marc Stafford. If you follow my posts, you know that I have a weakness for the hybrids. Back in June I wrote about it. http://sisterscribbler.blogspot.com/2012/06/fun-friday.html Hey, everybody has a “type,” and those brothers have always been mine. Readers can picture them anyway they want to...
Anyway…the thought of writing a family series really appealed to me, but I didn’t have a clue about where to start. I had twelve pages of notes on my thoughts, but I wasn’t sure how to organize them, so the first thing I did was go to my best friend, Google and search for articles on how to plan a fiction series. Next, I contacted my former critique partners that have written series and asked for their suggestions.
The fabulous Zee Monodee (http://zeemonodee.blogspot.com) was a tremendous help when she told me to start with a Excel timeline for the family members that would include their ages at the start of the first book, birth dates, spouses, wedding dates, children’s ages/birth dates, etc.
In addition to this information, I added the status of their relationship with their parents, their life point of view and their relationship with the other brothers. While I worked on this chart, the ideas began to come seemingly out of nowhere. After the awful time I had writing Ain't Too Proud to Beg by the seat of my pants, I realized plotting truly is my process. My creativity thrives when given some structure, and I'm a ball letting this story flow now that I have the skeleton.
I already knew which brother I wanted to feature in Book One, and what his occupation would be. So far I’m at
Readers are going to love Marc and Gianne's story...