Adventures in Writing a Novel

To sequel or not to sequel #writing #amwriting #writerslife #writerproblems

SmallerIn the past few weeks, I’ve received lots of emails and Facebook messages from many of the readers of In the Land of Gold requesting another story with Cora and Flynn. Over and over, they’ve all said the same things—they wished the book was longer and they wanted to know more about what happens to them after the book ended.

So with that spur of encouragement, I have to admit that I’ve been mulling over the idea of writing a sequel. A part of me is screaming, YES, but a part of me is shaking my head.

While writing the characters again is a very appealing idea—not only because they were very easy to write, but I really do miss them, I have concerns over whether or not I could even come up with another story where they would flourish as they did in In the Land of Gold.

Would the story make readers mad? Make them love them more?

Bringing back characters and putting them on a different path is a slippery slope. I could end up either getting rave reviews or furious fans. It also brings forth the worry of the biggest question—am I continuing a story that just shouldn’t be continued? Needless to say, deciding whether or not to dive into another story has been on the forefront of my mind lately.

Some say sequels aren’t really even about the main characters, but are about other characters in the novel. With that thought, the only other character I would even consider would be Grace, Christopher’s brazen sister, who was so much fun to work with. While I do have an idea for a story for her, I’m not really longing to write it. It’s not really clawing at my fingers.

At the same time, I’ve always thought sequels could have either another character or the main ones. I mean, heck, we followed Bella and Edward through four novels, Harry Potter through seven, and Katniss Everdeen through three. Not comparing those hits to my little novel, I’m just using it as an example.

I think my biggest hesitation right now is wasting my time. I guess in the end, I’ll keep thinking about this outline. I have ten chapters so far, and if I can finish it, then I will go from there. I’m more leaning to the side of forgetting about it, but we shall see. I’m still in the first draft stage of my new manuscript, As the Liquor Flows and I don’t really want to lose pace on that one.

So darling followers, have you written sequels? Or thought about it? If so, were they the same characters? Different characters?

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2 thoughts on “To sequel or not to sequel #writing #amwriting #writerslife #writerproblems

  1. I’m no where near as quick as you, or anyone for that matter, at writing novels. However, I feel like if a story is calling you for a sequel, then go for it. I wouldn’t force a story though, if you’re just doing it because of requests. I had an idea for a sequel to my first novel and it was nagging at me to write it. However, I got in 7 chapters and then it didn’t speak to me anymore. I’ve put it down for now. If it calls to me again, I’ll go back. For now, I’m working on a novel that is like nothing I’ve already written. Very different. Good luck on your decision.

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