I'm rounding the last bend on my Telomere Trilogy. I know some people don't consider a trilogy a series, but I do. A finite series. There are just too many similarities, comparables, pitfalls, whatnot.
Now, before we get started it's confession time. Welcome to AR's Confession Corner. Ready?
"Hello, my name is AR and...I'm an adulterous writer. Disloyal, two-timing, faithless, fickle. Yes, all those things and more."
This is probably why I don't write contemporary or Earth-based SF. The world is what the world is and crowds my creativity.
I didn't completely know this until halfway through book 2. Here I was, outline finished, base of the story kicked off, and me wanting to explore new SF concepts that'd been catching my attention.
Let's flashback to, oh, almost a year ago. Went something like this:
AR rubs her hands together in anticipative glee, puts her fingers on the keyboard...
Noah tisks. "No, no, my writer. That doesn't fit the world you've built for me and my crew."
"But, but--Captain! It's so exciting! Popular science published this article, MIT completed this new study...and, and--"
"Ah, ah. I repeat, doesn't fit. My world has a conceptual boundary."
*ugh* "OK. FINE!"
What is a SF geek to do? Well, in a series (at least this kind of series), the developed world supersedes. I've had to tuck away all those fantastical ideas and live in the predefined world -- one I was uber excited about at the time might I add -- to complete Noah's story as envisioned.
Oddly enough, once I clarified those borders I got juiced about it again. And even though I understand now that it would take another unique story like Noah's for me to restrict myself to one "world" and one set of characters for several books, I'm glad I tackled this writing challenge. I do have another series, technically, but I've created it where I can change out 80 to 90 percent of the tech at will. The only constant will be the agent's "gift".
So, because it's top of mind, I'm going to keep in the same theme and the next post will be another requirement of series, continuing the story already in progress without overloading the reader.