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Do you write with the knowledge of a possible sequel in your head or are you one of those authors that waits to see if there is some success with your story and then worry about a sequel? I believe that you really have to think about a series or sequels just to get enough traction to gain a decent size audience. What are your thoughts? At Jenny Bravo Books, Jenny shares her experiences with writing a sequel.
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Friends, family, coworkers, and strangers who found me on Pinterest: here are a few things you should know before we dive into this post.
1. I wrote a novel. And as of last week, I wrote a second one. That Was the Year will be making its debut into the world in the near-ish future, so until then, you should probably check out These Are the Moments, aka novel #1, aka #TATM.
2. Writing a novel is a strange process. It’s kind of like giving birth, except from your brain. (Okay, that’s a weird analogy. Let’s pretend this didn’t happen.) If you’re looking for a place to start diving into your writing adventure, there are tips over here.
3. And the last thing you should know is that I need to go to sleep, but I wanted to write to you instead. I don’t know why you need to know that, but there it is.
Okay, let’s begin.
1. You still don’t know what you’re doing.
I’ll be honest with you: it was really hard for me to start this second novel. In this book, there were way too many possibilities of where the story could lead. But also? I didn’t know what I was doing. Maybe I’ll never know what I’m doing. I’ll just keep writing and pivoting and filling the pages.
So, don’t beat yourself up. The trick is to admit that you’re not an expert, then work like crazy to make words happen.