Special extras/in betweens?

11 years ago | Erin Klitzke (Member)

For about the past week, I've been following some advice that I've seen in various places: I've been assessing different projects and figuring out which ones are viable and worth hanging on to, which are salvageable, and which should be given the heave-ho. This has resulted in considering the broader "universe" of Awakenings. I have a novelette that I'd considered developing into a larger work, though I've since decided that I probably will never get around to it. However...there is significant promise for this work as part of the Awakenings universe.

My question to folks is thus: I'm within a few chapters of the end of Book One of Awakenings, and I was wondering what everyone does when they come to the end of one major story arc. Do you just launch into the next one, or do you divide it up by adding extras and "filler episodes"?

If you do special extras, where and when do you post them?

I look forward to thoughts and such!

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  1. Jim Zoetewey (Moderator)

    Posted 11 years ago

    I suspect you're aware of what I do, but for the record:

    Between book one and book two of Legion of Nothing, I wrote one short story about the main character's grandfather. I wanted to get back to the series' main storyline immediately.

    Between book two and book three... Well... I've written another short story about the main character's grandfather, plus three other shorts about the modern characters, and Robert Rodgers wrote a story too. I may write another after this.

    The end of book two was intense, and drawn out over several months. I needed to write things that were shorter and lighter for a little while, so I have.

  2. Sarratum (Member)

    Posted 11 years ago

    In between my main arcs, I wrote mini-arcs that had .5's on the title. As in Arc I, Arc I.V, then Arc II and Arc II.V, etc.

    The main arcs contained the point of view of one specific character, while the mini-arcs were individual chapters containing the point of views of other characters that readers wouldn't always get to see, and allowed them to either do some serious foreshadowing or 'filling in the spaces' of previously unanswered questions. I found it worked to really build suspense.

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  3. Murazrai (Member)

    Posted 11 years ago

    I did 1-2 short stories after I finished an installment, which is mostly side stories about side characters. A few of them were actual sequels though. Additional extras would include miscellaneous information and main character poems.

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  4. Regina (Member)

    Posted 11 years ago

    I stick extras into my serial all the time.

    I sort of now do a special Halloween short where I write a creepy tale involving the characters. Also, I very often throw in a 1,000 to 2,000 word or so stand alone prequel or backstory after referencing the scene in the story (for instance, someone is thinking about or talking briefly about something that happened in their past). Sometimes I will write out the scene in question. The readers really like that. In fact, before it became a regular thing, a couple readers actually commented "hey, are you gonna do back-stories for this or that character?" So it's something they are clearly interested in reading about.

    Plus, it gives me a fun break from writing the same thing every week.

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  5. Tim Sevenhuysen (Member)

    Posted 11 years ago

    For all the same reasons as everyone else has said, I definitely think extras or in-betweens or short stories, etc., are a good idea.

    It's good for the reader to get a bit of variety too, I think. And it allows you to build up your world in some different ways.

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  6. Chris George (Member)

    Posted 11 years ago

    You've probably seen what I did, Erin, but whilst I did just follow straight on from the end of volume one of Shadow into the extremely mixed-up world of volume two, I did plan two include an 'extra' which actually filled in a gap earlier in book one. So far that project has not gotten off the ground properly, but post NaNoWriMo me is confident that I'll get back onto it soon.

    In fairness though as volume one was generally speaking a single definable arc and volume two has an arc which is constantly being interrupted by other, smaller events, perhaps it is fulfilling the same kind of thing anyway - in fact almost too much. I really need to kick it into shape and get Siren's ship back!

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