The other day I did my best to explain my thoughts on the different ways to write a blog (How Do You Know What To Write?): journal, ask a question, or sharing a life experience.
Well, this evening I am blogging the second style.
Trying to give you the Cliff Notes version:
I finally finished the third book in my series. None are published; I haven’t even shared them with friends yet. First two books are written in second person/female, story about a middle-aged woman crashing her car and winding up in 1880 and 1895 respectively. The voice is casual; she is quirky, sometimes overly emotional, a bit insecure, and does a lot of self-analysis. (typical woman, eh?) But she is a heroine.
I decided to write the third book as the same story as the second book but from the man’s point of view. It is written second person/male. He is more cerebral, more black and white, a brooder and emotional and a hard worker. The sentences in this book run long, helter skelter, like human thoughts often do.
I tried a literary approach to this version — I wouldn’t exactly call it “literary fiction” because I’m not sure how to write it, although I know it when I read it. It is the same story from two different points of view.
My question to you readers and writers — do I try and make all the books sound similar? If I ever got a chance to “sell” the series, shouldn’t they all sound like each other?
I know the more you read your own stuff, the more it all sounds the same. But I set out to on purpose make them sound and feel different. I don’t know if I accomplished that, but I wonder now if I should add more to the woman’s version.
Every one of George R.R. Martin’s Game of Thrones books sound the same. Only the story and the people change. Or rather the same people change and evolve (or die). That’s what people love about the series.
I can’t tell if all of my books sound the same or if they really do feel different, men vs. women sort of thing.
But that’s not my question to you. My question is: is is okay to make the third book sound different than the first two, even if it’s telling basically the same story?
I know this isn’t a big deal, and it’s hard to give advice if you haven’t read the books. But you do know what you like to read; you do know what you like to write.
Do you like everything in a series to sound the same?