by Olivia Cunning
I've finished books in the past, but I've never finished a series. I've never had to say good-bye to characters I've loved though over 700,000 words (not all good words. I cut a lot of them). But now that it's over, I'm not sure what to do with myself.
Do I do a spin-off series about another band (Exodus End) mentioned in the Sinners' books? At least that way I might get to check in on the guys of Sinners and see what they're up to. Did Sed ever have those eight kids he wanted? (Poor Jessica...) Were their happily-ever-afters really forever? Is the band still together? Did tragedy strike? I'm not sure if I'm ready to invest another four years in that world. Though it's kind of hard not to want to see what happens with Dare and the rest of his hot-as-hell band.
Do I write about a totally different rock band? Build an entirely new cast of characters to shape and become attached to? A struggling band, maybe. Or something literally out of this world.
Do I write a totally unrelated series about sentient rain clouds or something else entirely different from what readers expect me to write next?
I. Don't. Know.
Maybe I'll do all three. I really do need to make a decision. And soon. Reaching "The End" is always a thrill, but I'm currently out of "The Ends" and searching for a new beginning.
How do you make important decisions? Make pros/cons lists? Go with your gut? Flip a coin? Ask for advice? Or do you have some other DMP (decision making process)?