Here are a few snippets of what I found. I hope you'll see something that'll make you want to click through and read the articles I found and perhaps find something helpful for your writing process.
The Continuity Challenge (Debby Giusti)
Steeple Hill Assistant Editor Emily Rodmell was in charge of the project, and I applaud her patience in keeping us on track and ensuring each book fit into the overall vision for the series. Shortly after she invited us to take part in the continuity, Emily sent out the “bible,” a 31-page, single-spaced outline for the series. Packed with information, it included an overview of the stories as well as the major threads, settings and brief character descriptions. The continuity elements and teasers needed in each book were part of the bible, as well.
Creating a “Series Bible” (Dame Jenna)
My preference is to work on my Series Bible when I’m in the proof-reading stage of a manuscript’s life cycle. … On a table right beside me are a handful of worksheets that are what I need to later create my “formal” Series Bible. The worksheets I have are: Recurring Places, Major Characters, Minor Characters (these being the “mentioned once and never heard from again” set, and Recurring Characters (these being secondary/minor characters who I know for sure are going to appear again). … As I read through the proofs, I jot down notes on my worksheets.
Easy Tips For Creating a Book or Series Bible (Angelique Armae)
…steps to creating a “Book Bible’ – a binder for keeping track of important threads that weave your work into a marvelous book
1. Gather supplies
2. Included contents
How to Write the First Book of a Series (H.V. Long)
• Planned versus Unplanned Series
• Questions to Answer for Any Series
• Series Bible
• Types of Series
Kate Douglas on Ending a Series
On ending a series: It doesn’t kill the characters, but it can be hell on authors.
The Series Bible (Nathan Bransford)
The Series Bible is a lifesaver when your brain has reached capacity.
• Worlds/Planets/Lands/Classrooms, etc.
• Rules of Law
• Any backstory that happens off the page
• Inventions/Special Powers
• Anything else you need to remember forever
Series Business – Three Types of Series (Misty Evans)
Tips for Building a Series (Mima)
In this post, I’m going to give you some tips, but these are tips directed at creating a very particular kind of series: a dynamic one. This is my mantra: Thou Shalt Not Be Repetitive. Here’s my recipe: It’s two parts common sense, one part restraint, and one part layering.
Why the Word "SERIES" Should Be on Every Writer's Tongue... And How to Get There With Minimal Blood Loss! (Tina Radcliffe)
1. Find a series-oriented author you love
2. Copy them (not blatantly)
3. Don’t box yourself in
Have any tips you care to share? What works or doesn't work for you?
P.S. I apologize for the odd formatting. Blogger seems to have it in for me.