Welcome back to another blog hop, with #OpenBook. Here’s this week’s prompt.
When writing a sequel or series with the same characters, do you ever have to refer back to your first book because you forgot what you wrote about a certain character?
I guess that I’m very fortunate in that respect. The voices in my head (who tell me what to write) keep a close eye on things and so far have managed to protect me from the readers messages that start like this,
you know you said in *** that “x” did/said/was/wasn’t “y.” Well…(insert the reason why that can’t be possible here).
Which means that I haven’t had continuity issues, although the potential has been on my mind as series have developed. Anything that looked like it might have been one always seems to resolve itself. Whether it’s in a sequel or a prequel. I’ve gone back over previous work, after the event and found that, somehow, it all fits together.
Now I can’t really understand this. In life, people forget things, as I’ve got older, I’ve forgotten details of what I did years ago, my wife or my children will remind me that, actually it wasn’t like I remembered. And not just me, if I’m feeling particularly brave, I might point out an error in my wife’s memory (Only joking dear).
What I’m getting at is that it’s not unreasonable to need reminding from time to time. Television and movie production companies employ continuity experts, people whose sole function is to trawl for errors and make sure that it all hangs together. You can be sure they wouldn’t be on the payroll if there wasn’t a need for them.
The only way that I can explain how I write four separate series and keep track of it all is that someone else is doing it for me.
When I first expounded the theory that I was merely a channel for someone, somewhere, with a tale or two to tell, that I had no idea where the words were coming from, I thought I was going crazy. I was frightened to admit it, but I KNEW that I could never write that much, in that way, without prompting. Then I discovered that other authors thought the same about their writing process.
Now I’ve learned to trust the source of my novels and leave them to get on with it.
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