August 4, 2021 - This is going to be a Great Series!

Wednesday, August 04, 2021

Sorry that I’ve been absent for a few days. Sunday is always a scheduled day off. Then, starting Monday, I was taking part in a 3-Day Plan Your Series Challenge. I’ve been wanting to start planning my new Rainbow Ranch Mysteries series for a few weeks now, but I felt obligated to finish the outline for The Case of the Pirate’s Puzzle first. Only that wasn’t going as smoothly as I’d hoped.

The series challenge came along just at the right time for me. It allowed me to stop fighting with Pirate’s Puzzle and start thinking about the books in the new series. Well, the challenge didn’t exactly do it. But having it available meant I was able to give myself permission to back away from the Shipwreck Point world and explore the new one.

Through a series of exercises, the three days got me to the point where I not only have a good concept of how the series will develop, but am excited about writing it. To show you how excited, while the challenge aimed to have concepts for four books in the series, I came up with ten! Okay, I don’t have a lot of details on most of the books. In fact, the only books that have more than one line attached to them are the first and second. But that’s a great start!

I’ve also got a better idea of how to flesh out these stories than I did before the challenge. It’s a method I’ve been working toward, with figuring out how Plotto and Plottr work, reading another book on how to write a mystery, and thinking about the suggestions in book called Write Frame of Mind. That last has suggestions on how to deal with the blocks you as a writer face based on your personality type. That’s a little like the enneagram book I’ve also been reading. Mindset is a big part of being successful, and I’m trying to work on mine.

I’m looking forward to tomorrow when I plan on finalizing an outline for the short story and beginning to list out plot details for the first book in the new series. With any luck, I’ll make good progress. Tune in tomorrow to find out how I did.

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