I am just about to start the third book in a trilogy and thought it would be a good time to discuss some of the factors you need to consider when you write trilogies.
Madness, exhaustion, foolhardiness to mention a few.
The truth is writing a trilogy can be a wonderful experience. When we write a book we want our readers to fall in love with the characters. We all know what it is like to get to the end of a book and want more. When they know there is a second and a third book they can live with their favorite characters a bit longer.
Some things to be aware of when writing a trilogy
1. Have a book bible. Each of my books is at least 80,000 words in length and I cannot remember everyone’s name or places they visited. Having a list of names is good to make sure you don’t have some that sound similar or they all begin with the same letter. In my first book, all the couples’ names started with the same letter. I had not even been aware I was doing it.
2. Two arcs. You have one arc for the story in the book you are writing. There is a second arc that goes over all the books. Something that happens at the beginning of book one may have a consequence in book three.
3. Plotting. I am a plotter so I tend to write out a chapter plan for a trilogy before I start to write it. Unfortunately, for me, my characters decide to do things that are not in the plan. I was sure in one of my books that someone had died in book one, only to have him still alive in book two.
4. Foreshadowing. I mentioned the three book arc earlier. Remember that it is important to not add something completely new in book three that will solve all the problems you have created. Your readers will feel cheated if you suddenly bring in a something you have not mentioned before. They have been reading your books and trying to put together all the puzzle pieces. If you throw in something else they will want to know why you did not mention it before.
5. Each books job. Book one is the teaser to get them into the story. Book two is the connection between book one and two and fills out the background and worldbuilding. Book three is the conclusion and the way to wrap everything up.
So how do you go about writing a trilogy?
Book Three, Lost Protector is a work in progress at the moment.