It’s time for our first discussion post of 2020! And no, this is not a trick question. Lol. In this case, it’s totally fine to answer BOTH! But there are plenty of reasons why people choose one over the other.
I do really love series. I love reading them AND writing them. There’s something especially wonderful about seeing a series pan out over several books, watching the characters grow and the landscape of the world change over time. If the author is talented, they set up plot points in earlier books that pan out in later books, or they leave Easter Eggs along the way for readers to find and enjoy. There’s that exciting moment when you’ve invested a ton of time in story as a reader and you come away at the end happy and content. Sigh. For me, there’s nothing better.
I totally understand why authors write standalone books. There’s something about a story that begins and ends between a front and back cover. It’s satisfying and finite, no commitments past what’s on the page. I’ve written only two standalone books, but I do want to write more (and probably will in the late ’20s). Sometimes an idea for a plot can fit in your hand, and that’s what you want when you sit down to read or write.