Five Tips for Aspiring Authors on Writing the Last Book in a Series:
1. Have a “series bible” to help you keep everything straight. Include any descriptions you gave of your characters and settings, along with a list of the timeline of events for each book and a list of any conflicts that remain unresolved as you begin your final book.
2. Push yourself to deliver the best possible book you can. It’s tempting to feel tired (creatively and physically) by the time you get to the end of a series, but your readers deserve to have the very best book you can possibly write.
3. Don’t pull your punches. An emotionally satisfying end to a series is a story that makes you FEEL. Push your characters to the end of their resources. Strip away their support system. Make the stakes of your overall conflict be so difficult that succeeding costs nearly as much as failing.
4. Let your characters’ choices drive the plot. From the very beginning of the series, you may have had an idea for how the series would end. And maybe that will still be the best ending. But maybe it won’t. Let your characters drive the plot forward, throw as much realistic conflict at them as you can, and be courageous enough to let go of your initial idea if you realize that a better ending is out there.
5. Enjoy! It’s the last time you’ll touch these characters and this world. Take the time to enjoy every scene and to give your characters a proper send off by giving both your readers and yourself an emotionally satisfying experience.
Deliverance, the last book in C.J. Redwine’s super-addictive series, is out today!