So here is the deal I believe the first draft, what I had originally thought was a complete novel was in fact the backbone of an epic fantasy series. I had written the novel before I understood how to write a novel, if that makes any sense. So much of the book is great conceptually, but it spanned over to much content without enough depth. Again I hope that makes sense, if not check out my brainstorming formula post.
Okay so that isn't fair for many of you, since it comes off a bit gibberish. So imagine instead you want to craft the perfect wedding cake. Each tier would need to be baked separately, stacked, and decorated. Then you would place that center piece on it as the final touch, right? Well making a book can be like that as well, only in my case I flubbed it the first time. I took one cake and doused it with icing, poured on a whole can of sprinkles (ummm, sprinkles), then pressed , no maybe shoved the center piece deep into the pile of goo.
So now I am sorting through it all. I've baked a few more cake layers which will tier the story better hefting that climatic final book high into the air.
So my question for the day is, how have you set yourself up for sequels or do you bother? Do you have it all planned out ahead of time and make book one and two interlaced, foreshadowed with items that will easily breadcrumb the readers on into book three?
In other words are you planning on making three distinct wonderfully made cakes?
Or one magnificent multi-tiered epic piece of literature?