Be Careful What You Wish For…

Last night I said to my sister that it would be really nice if the characters from Butterflies would start talking to me again, as I would like to work on the sequel in 2012.

I discovered the meaning of the saying “be careful what you wish for, you might get it” today as the characters were happy to oblige, but not in the way I was hoping.  I wanted to hear from the adult versions of the main characters.  Is that who started talking?  Of course not!

The creative side of my brain caught a wild hare and started trying to figure out how to split Butterflies into multiple books.  This isn’t a new concept; in fact, I’ve contemplated splitting it into a trilogy several times.  What is new is the crazy idea to split it into 5 books.  Yes, that’s right, five.

This would entail having a short-ish book for each of the three main characters as they grow up, a book with all of them together training at Butterfly Gardens (and introducing the other plotlines), and a final book to conclude the whole story.  This is where my characters started telling me their stories once again.  For each girl to get her own book, we’d see a lot more of the history of each.  If you’ve extrapolated and guessed where this is going, you’re probably right.  The adult versions of my main characters are quiet, but the toddler and preschool versions are talking my ear off!

I’m going to let this idea stew for a few days before I make a decision, although at the moment I really want to ignore this crazy thought.  It means a lot more writing and work, and I was just starting to enjoy reading fiction again.

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8 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. deshipley
    Dec 27, 2011 @ 20:49:03

    Not to make things any more difficult for you, but speaking as a reader who gets very attached to characters, I’m just the sort of person who would jump for joy if a favorite “Butterflies” girl got her own turn in the spotlight.
    Of course, as the author, it’s up to you to decide what’s ultimately best — both for the telling of the characters’ stories, and for you, the one with the delightful burden of holding the pen!

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  3. YerMom
    Jan 03, 2012 @ 09:02:24

    I LOVE this new idea. Good luck deciding what to do. Six Days!!

    Reply

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