Confused by a series? Join the club* (really).
Currently, I'm working my way through the first of a series and, let me tell you, it can be hell. What I'm working on is almost an Americanized Harry Potter minus all the magic. Now, the plots are almost entirely different, but since I'm basing it at a school, of course someone's going to "make the connection" (though there isn't one; no writer can get away with anything anymore, because it seems every idea is in Harry Potter somewhere, and there's always an overzealous fan out there, ready to label you as a J.K. Rowling-wannabe. Love ya, Jo, but it's true. You've basically copyrighted heroes with glasses, and the word "wizard.")
So, the plot of my series is intricate (though not exactly tangled), and there is some planning that comes with writing a series. (Excuse me. Did I say some? I'm mean, a lot. A LOT if you want to foreshadow, which is always a great thing if given in small doses. Everyone knows the warm feeling of good foreshadowing.)
Anyway, I've basically gotten the whole story in my head and a lot of it in my notes, and I know where to tell most things to keep an element of mystery (always important to have some mystery!), but I've just hit one spot where I'm completely confused as to what to do. I don't know where to put certain details that are going to affect the story in later books, or if I should just cut the whole idea from the current novel and put it all in one. I'd rather have it span, but it just can get so confusing!
My point: If you're going to write a series, know what you're doing and be ready for a headache or ten every day until you get the first book published. And then there's the second.
NOTE: I wrote this post about five days ago, and saved it as a draft. I've solved my problem (I cut and changed that damn piece of information), but I thought this post might still be of interest to some blog nomads.
Oh, and the club I referred to in the title is the "I'm Writing a Series Club." Join it by commenting and something magical will happen ... as to what, I'm unsure right now ...