First off: Don’t get too excited if you think the title means I’m writing a sequel. Haha.
Second off: Did you know that barbeque is spelled barbecue? That doesn’t even look right! Why do we say BBQ when it’s spelled with a C?!! Also, I have a bottle of organic BBQ sauce that spelled it like barbeque on the back. Just saying. LOL!
Third off: I finished my line edits this weekend!! WHOOOO! I love my story, but by the end, I was so freaking tired of cutting stuff. Over 1000 words total. You may be like, “That’s not that bad!” But it’s exhausting. It’s not like I wanted the last few chapters to be trash though, so I kept cutting stuff, but yeah, exhausting. Also, I have no work-life balance, so that may have caused part of the exhaustion. I had three weeks, and in true me fashion, I made a plan to do it in 10 days and ended up finishing in 7 days.
Fourth off: I finished that book I was trying to read last week. It wasn’t that long, about 230 pages, and the second half was much better than the first half. Sometimes things do get better. So, now I’m reading Harry Potter and Cursed Child. Finally. I’ve had the book for months. 🙂
Anyways, this probably comes as a big shock to no one, but I’m not a series kind of writer. I’m not 100% against trying it again one day, if the right idea comes along, but I have no current plans dive into that. That said, I’m all for sequels, and I’ve tried a few times to write a sequel, but thus far, it hasn’t panned out.
The first time I got half a chapter into the sequel and realized I hated half the characters from Book One. In this case, the sequel started from the antagonist’s point of view, and it was going to meet up with the original heroes in a few chapters. I realized I never wanted to see those people again. End of sequel. The funny thing is, the story in question is one of my old favorites. It’s terrible, but it will always have a place in my heart.
The second time I tried to write a sequel, I realized after two chapters that Book One had too much going on, and thus the sequel had too much going on, because I was trying to pack too much crap into too few books. #yaylongsentence #endofsequel
The third time I tried to write a sequel, it was part of a planned four book series. I got one paragraph in and scrapped the whole project because I did not even feel like it. I will read series, but I’m really not a fan. I see a series, and I’m like, “How long is this ish going to drag out?” Sure, I read Hunger Games – after all the books were out and I was promised by my sister that I would love them. And sure, I read Harry Potter. But Harry Potter is actually the kind of series that I do like. Related. But each book doesn’t end in some kind of crazy Hunger Games style cliffhanger.
When I first started looking into indie publishing (including both small presses and self-publishing), I read a lot of stuff that said, “Series sell better! You must write a series! SERIES!!”
I don’t have the faintest desire to write a series. One sequel to the books that spawn one, yes, but a series, no. But I’m also known for being stubborn and doing what I want to do anyway. So, screw that. If I never write a series or even a sequel, I will survive. Besides, there are lot of standalone novels in my own house, naturally. And there is also Joe Hill, for example, my new favorite person in the world. He writes in a graphic novel series, but his novels, thus far, have all been standalone.
So, I don’t feel bad.
Anyway, I think sometimes about writing a sequel to “No Rest for the Wicked.” I have no plot, but I have an idea. I feel like my novel is open enough for a sequel. And I’m excited about a sequel, but I can’t write a story with no plot! Furthermore, part of the problem is that part of the idea forming that sequel comes from one of the many past novels I have in my wake. I’m still hoping to rewrite that novel, so using ideas from it will render it dead forever. If I told you what it was, you might say, “Oh, it’s not that similar. I mean, the other guy has WINGS for crying out loud!” (The guy in the past novel has wings. No, he’s no an angel. It’s a long story.)
There is a sequel coming out this summer that I’m excited about, so I’m going to read that and see how someone better than me tackles a sequel before making a decision. Because I think I can find a plot in my head if I try. And who knows, I may have an actual plot by then. ^_^