Character Development In A Series

Writing characters in a book series has its share of challenges. I say this because developing a story for characters has to be believable and surely relatable. You want to keep the reader as engaged as possible and not every character will relate to the reader. 


The one thing I have to be careful of is if a reader gets entrenched in one specific character, that I continue their story throughout the series to where they stay engaged. The last thing I want to do is write a story that doesn’t make sense and makes the reader lose interest.


My advice to writers and future authors is to be authentic, write it as if you’re someone who’s going to pick up the book and buy it yourself. There’s always a challenge in creating the current story, backstory and where the character is going in the future. Don’t feel rushed to create something great, sometimes the best stories take the most time. 


Depending on how long the book series is will determine how much you have to put into your characters. Some characters will be in some books in the series and some will be in all of the books. I’ve written characters in both ways where some are in all books and some characters are only in 1 or 2 books. It has its share of challenges but my brainstorming sessions help things go a long way. 


The biggest part of developing characters in a book series is to brainstorm the whole series. Write down everything for each book and that will keep you from getting writer’s block. It’s how I did it for all of my book series, especially with The World We Live In and Kids With Guns. 


The 'World We Live In' was a five book series of 19 characters. The 'Kids With Guns' series was a five book series of 23 characters. Imagine how much planning I had to do to write those book series. That’s my blog and content for today. Be good everyone and go accomplish your goals!


Jamell Crouthers


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