8 Things I’ve learned about Sequel Writing

part ii

So, as it turns out, writing book two is hard. This isn’t a surprise, per se. And yet… it is. You see, when I was writing book one, there was a lot of time spent in learning the basic craft of the writing itself. A lot of time in re-writing and editing and deleting and finding my way. There was also a LOT of time spent figuring out my very basic plot elements. Drawn In was based on a dream that I had, and that dream remained the basis of my story. But, as dreams tend to be, it wasn’t complete. It wasn’t a story. So that was difficult in its own way, but I’m not dealing with that part of the process now. I know my story, I know where I’m headed, and I am really comfortable with Rennie’s voice now. So those things are coming easier, for sure. However … now I’m dealing with a whole new set of issues, and some of them are a little unexpected. Here are a few things that I’m learning as I write book two:

  • Action and plot are not the same thing
  • A love triangle does not have to be central to the story, but it’s SO much fun to play with
  • A quirky first line is not as useful as a functional first line
  • Minor characters from book one DEMAND equal page time in book two (if not more)
  • Names are important
  • Details are important
  • People have Expectations now (and I like it!)
  • I love love love world-building

Such an interesting thing this writing thing is, and I’m so happy to have this as a part of my life. It’s funny to admit, but you know what? I kind of feel like a writer now.

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6 thoughts on “8 Things I’ve learned about Sequel Writing

  1. Oh I highly recommend it! It’s quite the exercise in determination and details for sure. And yes! Feeling like a writer is really really nice. I reached 10 reviews on Amazon and I think that finally helped to push me over the edge to feeling like maybe I’m an author after all. 🙂

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  2. So I haven’t had my coffee yet and I click on this and I swear I read “8 Things I’ve Learned About Squirrels.” HA. And yes to the first line! I tend to obsess over mine to no end…but I find it always just comes, and all it needs is to be functional, not overly flowery. Easier said than done! I also love love triangles. I have yet to write one but I plan to one day…I have NO Idea why there is so much hate against them!

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  3. Well now I really want to write a post about 8 Things I’ve Learned About Squirrels! All I really know is “Squeak Squeaker Squeak Squeaken. You owe me a new acorn.” Which probably isn’t useful unless you’re Kronk from the Emperor’s New Groove. 🙂 I really don’t know why people hate love triangles so much either! I think if they’re done well, they can be really fun and even useful to plot points. Those people are just missing out.

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  4. Right there with you Sioux, on all those points.

    I took my first line from Book 1 and reversed it for Book 2! And I have to reference back to Book 1 for physical descriptions of characters. Really should make a character bible. And then there’s the expectation thing–gulp, fingers crossed.

    But you’ll do it and draw us into it! 🙂

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    • Thanks Pete! You definitely get where I’m coming from, I know! Those expectations are tricky, but it’s fun to know there are people who love it enough to want more, right? 🙂

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