I’m sitting here wondering what to blog of next that I’m excited about, but all I can focus on are these damn questions. Inquiries, issues, wonderings, spinning around in my head, turning my thought-factory to neuron sludge. Before they burst out of my forehead and ruin a perfectly good electronic equipment, I’m handing them over to qualified folks who know their stuff.
So here’s to you awesome guys and gals. What say you?
1. What do you prefer in trilogies or series — if the books are stand-alones with common elements (such as some characters or the setting), or if they’re parts of an overall plot, individual stories that work together to form a bigger picture?
I’ve read both kinds, and am pretty much fond of both, but I find that as I get close to the ending of my WIP (which is book número uno in a trilogy) I’m increasingly preoccupied with the number and size of the threads I have to link it to the next book. How many of them is too few, how many too many, what’s a decent thread size, and why is there no simple answer? Hah. But really, I’d love to know how you guys feel about this issue in genre series, since my current desires in this matter cloud my objectivity.
2. What’s your take on chapter titles? When and why do they work, or ruin the story? Do you use them yourself?
I wrote a lotta poetry before I started writing prose, so I see titles as somewhat of an art. But I’ve read novels where the titles were more or less spoilers of the chapters to come and completely ruined the tension. Or they were so damn silly they ripped me right out of the story. Novels with awesome chapter titles are fairly rare. On the other hand, a novel’s table of contents reading Chapter One, Chapter Two, Chapter Fifty… isn’t particularly helpful or aesthetic either.
Based on your reading experiences, what did you enjoy more, no titles or which titles?
And ultimately, Número tres
3. Do you wish you were your protagonist?
I’m dying to know this bit of info about you and your work. All and any possible answers will soothe my curiosity.
And not to be selfish, here’s my own answer: No. I don’t wish I were my protagonist, not the least bit, not in a thousand years. I would love to watch her story in a huge 5D IMAX cinema though. Or download it into my brain to replay at will. With a huge panic button, and serious amounts of ice cream within reach.
So what’s your opinion, your advice, your thoughts on these matters? Send me your intricate brainwaves! Or, you know, post them in the comments. Which ever is easier.