Writing a bestselling book series isn’t easy. Out of millions of writers, only dozens are lucky enough to make it to the bestselling charts.
However, drawing readers is even more difficult with static book series, as you can’t change your basic perspective through unnecessary character developments in the middle of the series. Then, how do you come up with a stellar static series?
Scroll down to read my guide on some effective tips about writing a bestsellers fiction series.
1- Choose an Intriguing Central Idea
If you want to create a long-lasting impression on your reader’s mind, you should choose an intriguing idea. But what exactly is an intriguing idea?
An intriguing idea forces the readers to be curious and think of endless possibilities that could happen in the next few pages. All of these intriguing ideas should create questions in the readers’ minds.
What if the weak, incompetent, last-in-line offspring became a powerful monarch that would lead the empire for many years to come? What if the strongest, skilled, heinous villain is defeated by the unskilled, inexperienced protagonist? All of these central ideas raise hundreds of questions. All these how’s, who’s, and why’s would draw readers and make them stay till the end – writing a bestselling static book series is about creating a fantastic unknown!
The central idea should hook the readers from the first sentence to the last page of the book. Moreover, an author should follow the central idea from the start to the end, especially in a static book series.
2- Make Relatable Characters
A real, beautiful protagonist with a heart of gold, the evil antagonist who has never done any good, or pure white and black characters are a huge no! The books should have characters that have their own flaws and a self-development journey. Only by making grey characters can you make them more relatable to the readers.
One effective way you can create relatable characters is by avoiding overstuffing of characters. Only introduce a new character where necessary. Too many characters, remembering everyone’s characteristics and backstories, would make the readers lose interest in the series.
Another way you can write relatable characters is by making them vulnerable, whether physically or emotionally. Most readers struggle with one or more vulnerabilities, and seeing a character struggle against any limitation or weakness resonates with the readers.
3- Target Emotions
Whether it’s making a 2-hour long movie or a simple 2 minutes advertisement, emotion is the key that attracts the audience. In a long static book series, there’s a high possibility of the readers losing interest in the middle. However, you can avoid that from happening by highlighting the emotional aspects of the story.
Give the hero a tragic backstory, or depict a character going through major pain and fear. The more intense the emotions are, the greater the impact will be. However, avoid unnecessary emotional clichés even while showing strong emotions like love or grief. Sentences like ‘a tear rolled down the cheek,’ or ‘never felt this way about anyone’ can make the readers groan in exasperation and make them put the book down.
How to Get Some Inspiration Through the Works of an Award-Winning Author?
Reading books by other bestselling authors can also provide amazing tips to write a fiction bestseller. If you like writing biographical fiction stories, I believe in creating magic on paper through intriguing ideas and realistic character developments.
You can visit my website, Joseph Woodward stories, to get inspiration from some of my best-selling popular historical fiction books like Sudden Freedom, Healing Hands, and Another Chance that form a series.
You can also reach out to me for further tips and questions regarding my historical fiction series.