Leafing through a current copy of The Writer Magazine today, I came across an interesting article by author Anne Perry with the above listed title. She does an excellent job of articulating the challenges of keeping an on-going series fresh and creative. She subdivided the article into three categories: choosing characters, choosing a setting and choosing a theme.
The information is common sense, but she does a good job of walking the reader/writer through the thinking process one must go through to create a series that will stay alive, book after book. I won't hash over her points here, but they did help me rethink my current projects in which I hope to balance three separate, on-going series over the coming years. Personally, I just hate to kill off my main characters, so I need to find another way to keep them alive without boring my readers to tears.
Do you struggle with the same issues of how long to keep a series going? Or, do you think a two or three book series is about all the life one main character deserves?
LOL...I keep asking myself the same questions. Guess I'm still conflicted about this.
Mostly, I think I'm asking about plot devices...are readers tired of all the "occupationally different" sleuths? Or do readers like reading about somebody who has a different job than they do? I recently saw a series (can't remember author, sorry) of wedding cake mysteries. Really?