I think we can all agree that writing a series is difficult. It has to be cohesive, yet each book must be new and exciting. It must be as good as the first book, and sometimes it needs to surpass it. The characters need to remain just as strong, but that doesn’t mean they can’t change and continue to develop.
I myself have never written a series. I’m writing a trilogy, which is a bit different. But I do have something to say.
Last night I went to see Jason Bourne. It was amazing, as always (I’m a big Bourne fan). I also went to see Star Trek: Beyond last weekend, which was also amazing (and I’m a bit of a Trekkie). Both these series have something in common:
They take a long time to come out.
Even though these are movies, I believe the same thing applies to books. Both of the writers and directors for these franchises take their time on developing a new story. They only want to come out with another movie if the plot is good. If it is as good as the one before it. Paul Greengrass, the director of Jason Bourne, dropped the franchise for nine years. The other movies took three or fours years to come out, as has the Star Trek reboot. The result? The movies are excellent. They are not just cranked out to feed an audience, which can result in poorly written scripts which in the end, do not please audiences.
In other words: Don’t rush.
Don’t sacrifice quality for quantity.
the key is not to rush.