Splitting 1 book into two – did I get what I wanted to say ‘out there’?


EyeoftheSoul-Blog-Tour-ButtonAs you can see we are doing a blog tour here today and I’m thrilled for two reasons. First of all this is my first guest–ever and I’ve known the Terri for a while, and I can’t tell you how thrilled I am to have her here today.

Please welcome, Terri Rochenski Author of the Eye of the Soul


Tracey Hanlon PhotographyThis two book series started out as a single book titled Pool of Souls. It was a project three years in the making, one who’s last third to write took forever.

I procrastinated. Set it aside for months on end, hoping my muse & the characters in my head would take control. They didn’t.

Finally, I decided it was time to just finish already – force the words and confrontations. Using NaNo ’11 as a spring board, I buckled down and focused on finishing. Without taking my usual time to plan, plot, and outline like an OCD maniac high on caffeine, I scribbled away, anxious to finally write ‘The End’.

Elated that I finished (the end of December that year rather than NaNo’s end), I posted the final chapters on my writer’s forum. The feedback I received was ‘rushed’. I had skipped over so much tension, so much conflict, that the true telling of my story suffered, the last half was a brief overview of events.

At the story’s center was a natural stopping point, one that would have made it much too easy for a reader to put the book down without feeling compelled THAT INSTANT to speed on toward the end. It was the first part of the story’s natural ending of one journey, and the beginning of another.

Pool of Souls, I realized, had no business being a single book. Unlike most series, this story was a two-parter, not three. Could I have added perf5.250x8.000.inddfat & fluff to make it fall into the norm?


Did I want to? Heck no.

I’m a woman of few words, even less when I write. I like to think my story telling is precise and to the point, not clogged up with paragraphs we readers love to skip over in search of excitement. So I dove into the 2nd half, determined to flesh out everything I had missed in my race to finish.

Did I succeed in telling the whole story of Hyla’s physical and spiritual journey?

We shall soon see, won’t we?

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24 responses to “Splitting 1 book into two – did I get what I wanted to say ‘out there’?

  1. I appreciate your comments and staying true to yourself Terri.

  2. Thanks for hosting me today, Em! I feel pretty durn special being your first guest poster. hehehe

  3. I love reading about writing. This was interesting. I know one author who felt her books shouldn’t have been split into a series. There seems to be a plus and a minus depending on the story being told.

  4. Sounds like you stayed true to the story and made it just the right length, Terri.

  5. As a reader world-building and those deets are so important to me, I would rather have two full length books with fleshed-out characters then one or three with fluffy and worse still not enough details. So glad you decided to give the story what it deserves. I actually like this two book trend, and hope to see more of them instead of these trilogies with meh middle books or disappointing final books.

    • I agree, Kim. I always find the middle meh and final oftentimes disappointing. Hopefully my 2nd & final won’t be a let down!

      Thanks so much for stopping by & commenting.

  6. I hope making the book a duet works out. I have read a couple great duets. I think this is a good decision.

  7. I can see how one book could turn into two very easily, especially if you feel there is more story to tell and you just aren’t ready to let go of the characters yet. I always commend authors that are able to write that last book, especially with series that have multiple books, it must be so hard to let go of them.

  8. You did the right thing and I doubt there’s much fluff to worry about. 😉

  9. Very good post! These books look really cool! And yeah, I think leaving out the parts people skip is the best way to go 🙂

    Sarah Allen
    (From Sarah, with Joy)

  10. Congrats, Terri. I’m looking forward to reading the second half.

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