With Forever

Series sell. They acquire an audience that keeps coming back for more. They make their authors money - the majority of fiction writers who survive on their writing income write series.

But the same strong world and strong concept and strong characters that draw in the readers can start to feel like a trap to the writer. You're stuck with your world. However you made it, that's the way it's going to be. You're stuck with your concept. That's the tie that binds your characters to your world.

But you can do something with your series characters - and it won't be Arthur Conan Doyle's solution: throwing Sherlock Holmes off a cliff. You can't kill them. You need them.

So, from the very first book, make them people you can live with for the long haul.

How? Here are ten keys to creating a series character you can live with. Use some of them or all of them to make sure you have enough room in your series to breathe.

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