…..thinking about book two!

I am sat in my freezing cold office, just a little apprehensive, as my manuscript, Dancing with Fireflies takes a well earned holiday. It’s on the way to Australia, on my stepdaughter’s kindle* for a proof read!  So now I am twiddling my very cold thumbs …yes that is my hand….thinking about book two. Book two!!!!….I’ve got my outline story, which includes some amazing conflict and a great climax set in Karachi at the time of partition. Image

My characters are already with me from my first book. I need to grow them and develop them as people, aswell as develop my secondary characters, which is really exciting.

The problem that only just dawned on me today is, how the hell do I write a sequel?…it’s not as simple as it sounds. I need to take into account that some people will have read the first book whilst others won’t have…how much backstory needs to be told without becoming boring, repetitive and possibly patronising?

Today I have been doing a bit of research, and have decided to write my second book as though everyone reading it already knows what’s gone on before. If I find myself needing to explain something from the past I will put a note in the margin and address it later. I’ll write it as a stand alone book but concentrate on growing my characters from the first book……continuity will be crucial…did he smoke cigars or a pipe….what was the dog called……..

*I saved my word document as an RTF file then emailed it to her Kindle email address (you can find this on your amazon account page).

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  1. Nice you posted this, especially detailing your hesitations. I’ve done things the other way about. I’ve got an English mystery out (The Domino Deaths, available on Kindle etc.) but have already done the drafts for two other books. But not serials, more like loosely linked. Using the some of the same characters, changing venue, changing point of view, different theme.
    Interesting that you posted the note about the RTF direct to Kindle. I’ll have to try that. Thanks for the insights.

    • Thanks very much for your comments…its seems so much harder starting the second book…or have I just forgotten what it felt like when I embarked on my first? I hope the RTF file thing helps in some way. It took me a while to figure it out but it seems compatible unlike other formats….good luck with your writing

  2. maureenwakefield@aol.com

    Now the funny thing is. D`s specialist has asked me to write about the GRH experience in half a page with particular ref to the “being abandoned” day. He (the specialist ) willm publish it in some medical journal with 17,000 readers! Hey were all getting inro print! I told him I had written “The diary of a carer”. Love mum x

  3. Starting over again seems hard, even with the same characters. I don’t know yet, because I am only on my first NaNoWriMo book!

  4. jacheree

    I am 99% finished with my first novel… but I knew a long time ago that it would have a sequel… I sat down to start working on it a few weeks ago, and the feeling was daunting! Your feelings are incredibly valid and relatable. 🙂

    • Hi..It sounds like we are in the same boat! How are you getting on with it? I realised last night I haven’t read a sequel! (which is probably why I’m struggling to know what to do) I think I might have to sit down a read a couple more books!

  5. Sequels and series seems to be all the rage now, but as a writer, I’ve not thought of starting one. I’m beginning to think I should. Good luck to you with yours!

    Thanks for stopping by my site. I appreciate it!

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