Hey y’all! Normally I stick behind-the-scenes here at RU, making sure to provide you with informative content. But today, with the release of PLAYING WITH THE DRUMMER, I wanted to share with you my tips for writing a continuity.
I was lucky enough to get an invitation to write in a continuity with the fabulous Ally Blake and Christine Bell. I think I hesitated thirty seconds before responding with an enthusiastic – YES! And after out “aren’t you excited?” and “I love your books” and “how much is the time difference between here and Australia”, we got down to work creating the world that would take us and the readers through three books.
We got along like peas and carrots and quickly our plans came together. And even though we were all around the world, it was like we were in the same room sometimes as we brainstormed the backstory and how each of our stories would fit the picture.
So here are a few of the things I learned from my very first continuity:
1. The “World” is key: Setting the backstory and the setting for the entire continuity is the most important detail. Like any series, your setting and the backstory need to be solid and substantial enough to sustain all the books and give all the subsequent characters an exciting place to play. For our books, we set it all against the destination wedding of a rockstar bad boy and the shoe designer who swept him off his feet. In our series, the book starts in California and ends in Montana – the location of the wedding – and all of the details supported the overall story and conflict.
2. Plan all the books before you start writing: We set the plots for all three books before any of us started typing. It was important for the accuracy of the overall story arc (the wedding) and so that we would know where the next book started and what reveals had already been made. Since we all had other deadlines, we weren’t writing consecutively and didn’t have time to read thru the prior book before starting our own.
3. Share your inspiration: We began a group Pinterest Board in order to share our ideas for what the characters and settings looked like. And we also gathered whatever else we used to inspire the books.
4. Write each book as a standalone: You never know where the reader is going to enter the series, so you want your book to be complete and satisfying for the reader. So, give enough backstory to make sure the context is clear but don’t give away how the prior couples got together – it sounds easier than it is sometimes.
So – have you written a continuity? What tips would you add to the list?
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Entertainment journalist Lita Matthews is on the verge of making it big. As in her-own-TV-show big. She just needs amazing inside scoop on the year’s hottest celebrity wedding. Instead, her big break is becoming a big nightmare—all thanks to rock star Rocky Cardano. Who apparently hasn’t gotten over what happened between them four years ago…
Rocky is pretty damn familiar with just how far Lita will go for a “scoop.” Hell, their unbelievably hot hook-up in Mexico years ago was the story of a lifetime. Rocky’s learned his lessons. He’ll do whatever it takes to keep her from the story—even if he has to seduce her to the point of distraction! But Lita has always had a way of getting under his skin. Only this time, he won’t be able to just walk away…
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