It is one of the few things which I never understand about myself is that most of my works will have sequels before I say goodbye to them. And some of them are very very long, and turn themselves into sagas.
And I have tried many many times to think of it as a single book. But usually because I want to explore the world more thoroughly, I always have sequels or at least books which have sequels on the cards.
Although I rarely read long series in the first place, with the exception of The Shadowhunters, most of what I read has never gone past five books, and yet I always end up writing more than that.
And a lot of my works border onto the region calling nearly impossible to publish unless I’m a long time best-selling author, or self publishing is really the only option.
I do have the feeling why I end up writing such large works may be due to strong anime influences where works can go on for over a decade before its runtime is over.
Or that I simply let my imagination run as wild as possible to the point that I have explored every inch of the world, and by the end of the series itself it is definite that I will never return to it.
But let me think what you think of this, it is something that for some strange or weird reason I can never seem to escape. And when I try to elude it, I merely go to back to it, although thankfully writing a shorter work than if I had just let myself loose.
And of course, let me know what your writing experience covers. There was a good reason why I really need competitions to push myself into writing short stories, and well, it’s largely because by the time I finished the idea, it was usually longer than a novel.