“I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I needed to be.” – Douglas Adams
“To write fiction, one needs a whole series of inspirations about people in an actual environment, and then a whole lot of work on the basis of those inspirations.” – Aldous Huxley
1.) Four Ways to Plot a Trilogy – by Kristen Kieffer
2.) Plot Structures for Books in a Series – by the Editors at Scribendi
3.) How to Outline a series – by K.M. Weiland
4.) How To Write a Series – by Writer’s Edit (Read the section on “Planning your series” steps 1-2.)
1.) What is the inciting incident of your series? Where is your series headed in the end?
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:
2.) Split into smaller groups. 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.
NOTES: I think this should tie back into the question of whether this needs to be a series as well as the last lesson, and this is also maybe a good intro to the world building lesson. I’d have them write about what the big story/history/themes are in the world their characters are in, how that affects the story they’re writing, and brainstorm what other stories that invites.