Authors Answer 71 – Standalone or Series?

One book, or many? This week the Authors and I discuss whether we prefer writing standalone stories or multi-part series’.

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Stories come in all sizes, but the biggest debate is over using a single novel to finish a story or a whole series of novels. Reading and writing are very different things, so while one person may like reading a series, they may prefer writing a standalone. Or vice versa. It also depends on genre. What do we think?

320px-Modern-ftn-pen-cursiveQuestion 71 – As an author, which do you prefer writing, standalone stories or series?

Paul B. Spence

I prefer writing series. That said, there is nothing wrong with standalone stories.

Gregory S. Close

I love exploring the intricacies of a world and its history, cultures, and characters.  A series really allows the time to develop these things fully, so I enjoy writing in that context.

Allen Tiffany

Series, in the spirit of long. I’m close to inept at short stories. I think this is both cause and effect. I don’t…

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2 thoughts on “Authors Answer 71 – Standalone or Series?

  1. I don’t mind reading series so long as they have a definite ending. Can’t tell you how many times I’ve given up on a series because it dragged on forever and a day.

    As for writing, I lean towards stand alone stories that can double as part of a thematic (as opposed to a continuation) series.

    • I love reading series’, but I agree, if they just go on and on and on…and on…I start to lose my patience. I love the Game of Thrones series, for instance, but I’m not impressed by the fact that I’ve been reading it for the past 6 or 7 years, and based on his release pattern it’ll be a good 20 more years before I finish them. >.>

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