Have you ever watched a television show for a while, then caught the pilot episode in a rerun? Usually, the characters look younger, they almost always dress a little differently, talk a little differently, have a different attitude. You might see original characters who have since been replaced with newer ones who fit in better with the show’s expanding awareness of itself. Later season episodes are more likely to have plots that focus less on the external and more on the internal, because both the writers and the actors have a better understanding of who the characters actually are. Sometimes the changes are dramatic, with overhauls that affect the show’s dynamic in a way that either brings in more viewers or turns them away.
Last week, I worked on the copy edits for the first book in my upcoming urban fantasy series. The first three books are presently scheduled to release consecutively and so I had to write them consecutively. I figured it would be great for continuity. Plot-wise, I found that to be true. It was much easier to carry a three-book story arc when the three books were written together. Character-wise, though, reading through the first book’s copy edits was like watching a pilot episode….Read more »