“I’m a relatively disciplined writer who composes the whole book before beginning to execute and write it. Of course, you can’t hold – you cannot imagine a whole novel before you write it; there are limits to human memory and imagination. Lots of things come to your mind as you write a book, but again, I make a plan, chapter, know the plot.” – Orhan Pamuk

Reading Assignments:

Critique

1.)  Writing Groups: How To Write a Constructive Critique – by Mandy Wallace 

General Thoughts on Writing a Series

1.) How to Plan a Book Series – NY Book Editors
2.) How to Plan a Book Series (a #StorySocial recap) – by Kristen Kieffer (This is a recap of a twitter conversation.)
3.)  How To Write A Series – Writer’s Edit (Read the first section titled “Should I write a series?” parts 1-4.)
4.) How-to Write a Series – by Sara Katayama

Organizing Your Notes

Skim through these articles to find an organizational tool or method that works for you. 

1.) Creating Your Very Own Story Bible– by J.M. Butler 
2.) A Novel Strategy: How to Organize Big Writing Projects – Forrest Dylan Bryant (This is specifically for using Evernote, however, the tips here can be applied to other applications as well.)
3.) How to Organize and Develop Ideas for Your Novel – by Laura Whitcomb (This uses index cards to help you plot your novel.)
4.) How Scrivener Helped Me Organize All My Writing – by Thorin Klosowski
5.) The Complete Guide To Bullet Journaling For Writers – by Writer’s Edit
6.) Family Echo – This is a free website that can be used to create family trees.
7.) Notebook.ai – This website is great for keeping track of your sci-fi and fantasy world building notes. (Please note, however, that you can only plan out your people, places, and items for free. There is a monthly subscription fee if you want to plan out creatures, deities, flora, languages, magic, and other things.)

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Writing Assignments:

1.) From the article “How to Write a Series” by Writer’s Edit, answer the following questions about your own work: a) Is your genre suited to a series? b) Is your plot suited to a series? c) Are your characters suited to a series? d) Can you commit to writing a series?
2.) Do you have a rough (or concrete) idea of how many books your series will be? What is it?
3.) It’s perfectly okay if your idea turns out to be a single novel instead of a series. There may be ways you can leave your “universe” open to future books if a new character or a new plot idea comes to you later on. If this is where you think your novel is, think on how you might leave it open for more stories, or more characters to play around in your world.
4.) Find an organizational tool or method that works for you, even if it’s not one of those mentioned above. You might even find it helpful to combine methods. Start inputting your notes into it.

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Class Discussion:

1.) Discuss the articles you read. Where there any that were more helpful than others? List 1-2 things you learned that maybe you hadn’t known or thought of before. This is also a good place to reintroduce yourself, if necessary.

Getting in the Mood:

1.) Write for 15 minutes: Free write your opening scene, introducing us to your first characters and the situation and location they’re in. 
2.) Split into smaller groups, if necessary. Each person gets a chance to read their 15 minutes of writing. 
3.) After each person reads, others give feedback: a) What worked? b) What needs more work? Be as specific as you can.

Group Assignments:

1.) Get into small groups and have each person discuss their plots and characters and how they will fill out a series or how they may leave the first novel open to future stories and characters for when inspiration strikes. Have group members explain what they think works and what needs improvement, being as specific as possible. 
2.) Get into small groups and discuss what organizational tool or method you plan to use. How will this work for you? Are you combining any methods? If you have ideas on what might work well for someone’s project, let them know!