Writing a trilogy

I’ve been asked more than a few times, how do I write a trilogy? Usually by other authors keen to attempt a trilogy themselves but either lacking the will, the material, or in one case, the courage should they fail halfway through and would have wasted so much time.

I can’t explain the rules, or give you the rights and wrongs of how to write a trilogy but I can tell you what worked for me.

Like a lot of authors I’m a plottor. I like to know where the story is going before I begin. Before I put pen to paper, or fingers to keys, I know the ending. I know the main thread and arc of the journey, and the order of each event and which characters are involved. This also works well when weaving an intricate plot twist.

That doesn’t mean to say that I don’t let my characters take the reins now and again. For instance, in my third book – Ethea – my protagonist asked her partner to marry her. That came out of the blue and took me by surprise. And I spent the next couple of days thinking of the answer. Some events might also change or a thread could subtly alter to encourage foreshadowing but the overall story stays the same.

This is the same method I use to write trilogies. I already know how the third book ends before beginning to write the first. The only difference, apart from the length of a novel, is that each book in the series needs its own arc and ending. Otherwise the reader won’t feel satisfied if the first two books have no conclusion.

But like I said earlier, there’s no right or wrong way. I just know what works for me. And I’m using the same method while writing the 2nd book of my 2nd trilogy. The same can be said for my 3rd trilogy which I plan to write next year. And you’ve guessed it – I already know the ending for the final book in my trilogy of trilogies.

The most important thing is to try. If you don’t, you’ll never know if you can succeed. And if your writing falls short, you can always turn your materiel into a stand alone.

I hoped that helped. And good luck.

Subsequently, Eversong, the 1st book in my trilogy is currently free to download from amazon: mybook.to/Eversong

Book 2 in the Dylap trilogy

After a prolonged period of not writing, I’m glad to say I’m getting stuck into writing the follow up to Dylap. I’ve just finished the first chapter and a plot twist is already creeping up.

I’m aiming to publish the book by Christmas with the final book being released next summer. Its a big ask, but I’ve plenty of pent up writing energy to exert.

Keep safe

New Shadojak review

Hi guys, I’ve had a new 5 star review for Shadojak.

Just finished Shadojak the second book of A.C. Salters trilogy what an amazing story. The events unfold revealing some great twists and new characters are introduced adding to the already impressive roster of characters. I can’t recommend these books enough and I can’t wait to read the next one and continue the journey which has had me gripped from the very first page.

Thank you for the great review, Elizabeth.

 

 

Ethea progress

Hiya guys

Chapter 19 of Ethea was finished yesterday – not long before the trilogy will be completed.

Jane, Dylan and I have been for a lovely meal at the Weighbridge in Nailsworth, with Paul Manning (the man who designed my covers) and his wife Vicky. We had a great afternoon catching up.

The first printed copies of Eversong will be arriving in less than two weeks – 1500 books.                           cover-72

VERY EXCITED!

Another 5 star review

Hiya guys

 

I’ve had a great review from a reader in Cape Town.

The cover drew me in first! There’s something mesmerising about the cover, and then the title got my attention. Eversong. What is the ‘eversong’ I asked myself … and started reading. I really don’t want to spoil this for you by launching into a synopsis of the tale, but allow me to say this: the Eversong is all-important to saving not only one, but two, civilisations! And the song resides in Elora! All is not what it seems, though, and it is for very good reason that Elora is warned from a young age to never sing.

Enter the Shadojak and his Shaigun, assassins with a noble mission. One falls for Elora and the consequences will reach across realms. Add in a few strange creatures both adorable and particularly nasty and I know you want to read this now!

Despite a typo here and there, I am giving Eversong 5 stars. Great cover, great title, huge imagination, a fantastic tale!‘

Thank you

Rosary school – Stroud

Thank you to all the pupils and staff at the Rosary school in Stroud. They made both Zalibeth and I feel welcome as we delivered a lecture about the use of imagination. They helped and contributed to the ‘Mysterious Door’, story and supplied some amazing ideas.

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Eversong is currently being printed and we should receive the delivery of the first copies in early December.

Shadojak has another great 5 star review – ‘Was really looking forward to the second instalment and this definitely lived up to expectations! This book seamlessly follows on the great story but with lots more action and some great twists and turns including some very clever writing by the author! Now can’t wait for the final part and to see where the story will end up!

Thank you Callisto9992

I’ve finished chapter 16 of Ethea and will hopefully have the first draft finished for early next year.

Thanks guys

 

New American review

It’s not often that I get a review from the America, but as Jane logged onto Amazon.com  she found a new 5 star review:

 

‘A fabulous book with great, diverse characters. Absolutely loved this narrative. The characters were well developed and believable. The story had enough twists and turns to keep you turning the pages. There were many edge of your seat moments and great action scenes. This narrative was well written with intertwining plots. I love mythology so I found the incorporation of myths within this book fantastic. I also loved the descriptive writing; it was if you were there taking part in it all. The different worlds and creatures were also very imaginitive. Congratulations to the author, I look forward to reading the next book in the series.’

 

Thank you, Renee