I have been pretty harshly critical over the years of authors who indulge their writing impulses and churn out endless reams of extraneous material in their books. Look at stories like Harry Potter, the first few books were fairly tight and well-paced, but by the third or fourth book they become bloated messes that make the reader dig for the story from amongst a pile of words that the author can only get published because they have become more powerful than their editor.
Or the other scenario where a book series drags on and on forever with endless side stories and deep development of minor characters as the original story line meanders like an aimless bayou shifting and changing course through the marshes.
I’m struggling with that now. I have a pretty firm concept for how my series will go. Warrior has a specific scope, and Warlock does too. Warlord, the one I am working on now, also has a specific scope, as does the as-yet-untitled final book of the series.
But I find myself wanting to explore deeper into certain character dynamics, and do more to provide the reader with information about the world, both the building of it (literally in this case) and the history of it.
I’m going to have to fight that.