The Challenge of the Sequel
The Dante Chronicles - Company Message
RSS Follow Become a Fan

Delivered by FeedBurner


Recent Posts

Best Served Cold
Excercise and the Writer
One-Line Story...Finally!
A Really Special Find...and new friend...
My long awaited collaboration with Sam Reeves

Most Popular Posts

Self-Publishing Taboo?
Lizzie & Clara shop for Tattoos
What did I learn this month - April 2012?
MY SOUL AWAKENING
Kindred Spirits with a Flashlight

Categories

As Seen on Goodreads
California Author's Invitational 2012 - Author's
Collaborations
Friday Night Feature Blogs
From the Voices in my head...
Games
Guest Blogs
My personal Visual Cast of The Dante Chronicles
Research
Reviews

Archives

July 2014
April 2014
December 2013
September 2013
August 2013
July 2013
January 2013
December 2012
November 2012
October 2012
September 2012
August 2012
July 2012
June 2012
May 2012
April 2012
March 2012
February 2012
January 2012
December 2011
November 2011

powered by

My Blog

The Challenge of the Sequel

So, here I am, writing a sequel to my first published novel and I find myself having to stop and take a breather over and over…because I’m writing too much.
I know, I know…You’re probably thinking, “How can you write too much?”
Well…to better explain myself…I’m writing too far ahead in the story.
In my mind, I already have the next seven books scoped out. I already know where Eli and the gang are when I end this saga. I’ve seen the end, or beginning, depending on how you view book 8 when we get there. I’ve already scribbled out the outlines for the next 3 books, and know where the last 4 will go and have jotted down a brief, yet semi-explicit summary of each. So, as I write this first sequel, I find myself already including details that will not be fully explained until far later.
Is that fair to you, the reader? Yes, but only IF I can keep your interest in my books.
I have to create a balance; a steady pace to the growth of the characters with a compelling storyline that ebbs and flows like an unfinished symphony that takes you from crescendo to crescendo, building up to that final resolution.
Thus, this is the challenge of the sequel. Not to make it bigger and better than before, but to keep the consistent interest of the reader and not suffer the Sophomore Jinx.
If you read blogs of other authors or biographies written about some, they all say the same thing about sequels…basically its do them well or don’t do them at all.
Easier said than done.
There are several authors that have taken Classics and written sequels to them….this takes, in my mind, a mighty big set of stainless-steel balls considering you are not so much standing on your own writing merits here, but on those of a long-time loved and respected author. So, in this respect…what have I got to lose?
I am writing a sequel to my own work. The only one I must do justice to is me.
And all I have to do is find the balance…
-DRC

0 Comments to The Challenge of the Sequel:

Comments RSS

Add a Comment

Your Name:
Email Address: (Required)
Website:
Comment:
Make your text bigger, bold, italic and more with HTML tags. We'll show you how.
Post Comment