March 13th, 2015 on her blog: www.denisedrespling.com/
Great article. To summarize, Denise states that you need to love what you want to write and goes on to give a few examples of why that is best. One reason I think she could have included is; if you write what you love, you will probably write more.
This works on the theory that the more books you have available, the more likely you will have people finding your work. If you write what you want to write, you will more than likely enjoy it and then have more things to write about. At least with me, not everything I was thinking about, my version of Atlantis, is put down in the book, Wall of Destruction. Lots of things I created, in my mind, helped me put the story together.
Think that there is only one way to write that story? Realize, if you write an enthralling story, there are probably many readers that will have tons of “Why?” questions about the story. Why did the main character do X? Why was the story propelled forward to Y? Why did the protagonist and antagonist not like each other? Why did X do Y instead of Z?
These questions could be answered in many ways. Here are some thoughts on how to answer those questions through additional books, novelettes or anthologies of short stories. These are the things I plan to do.
How about the background? Writing stories in many different formats that explain how things work. This might not work with all kinds of stories but seems to be a natural for fictional worlds.
How about the history? Build a timeline of snippets of story. You could use this to create short stories or novels that would before or after your initial story. How you got to the point where your story started or why the characters hate each other. Or you could build stories that happen in the future based upon how your story ended. When A killed B, it allowed F-M to run wild that made X happen.
Can you make the story a series? From what I have read, a series is always interesting to producers/publishers. Pretty much if someone likes the first book they will get the second one.
What about side stories of the secondary characters? When I get into a book, I sometimes imagine what did the secondary character do. She had to leave to take care of something. How did that go? Why not write stories about these characters.
The last of these examples. If your story is built for it, why not have an art book or two? Art of things in your story with explanations of the art. You can combine the background and history with the art to create a book that helps fill in the gaps from the story.
As Denise states, love what you write. You probably can create a universe around the story. For those readers that loved the original story, it will be something they enjoy. Building out your universe through many books will give your readers many avenues to discover your world. They might love art and find your works through the art books. They might love short stories and discover you through those. There is, “no one way” to do it.
For those stories that I truly enjoyed, I loved to know more about the story. Writers like J.R.R Tolkien made me love that. For those that might be curious, yes I am planning to do these things in my worlds.