In one of his newsletters (for which you can sign up here ), David Farland gave a number of questions you should ask yourself when starting or when writing a series. He also made some very good points, including:
After the Vidolf Elame’s prison breaks and set free the Vidolf within, a young Ruon, Selena Tellah, must find a way to use her Talent and the almost-forgotten charms of the Ruon Ruaha to prevent the Third Sundering that will bring her world to ruin.
Looking now at Farland’s points, I can see that I do have the following:
Persistent world with persistent characters
Yes, the series takes place in the world of Airtha-Eyrassa (the ‘Land Beyond the Veil’). The characters, like Selena Tellah and Reisa Querna, are also persistent characters.
Don’t change settings too much
Parts of the story takes place in different countries, etc. so I will need to make sure that it doesn’t become confusing to the reader. While maps are nice, I don’t want the reader to refer to them every five minutes.
The persistent conflict is that they must stop the Third Sundering from taking place.
The central conflict
The central conflict will change from book to book, but the overall conflict will remain locked on the Third Sundering.