There was time when I thought writing a novel would be impossible for me. It seemed beyond my abilities. Once you write enough short stories you learn that each chapter of a novel or novella is basically a story in itself that is part of a larger arc.
We constantly hear editors and publishers talk about plot points, but instead of being so dull and dry, I skip worrying over “plot points” and focus on driving the story forward with each chapter. It’s the same damn thing, but sounds less intimidating. Just make things happen as you keep writing.
My first novel sucked, I had to junk it. It hurt, kind of still does, but I’ve gotten better. Once I wrote By the Stars, I knew that there would be more to the story but I grew a bit worried over writing a series. A lot of authors do it and I know it’s a great way to expand on my writing. The thing is I hate sequels, so the idea of writing a second installment chased me away for a while.
I didn’t begin to write it until the first book was signed and my publisher showed an interest in the series. I know I have three good stories for this series and trilogies seem to be my exception when it comes to hating sequels. If it’s part of a trilogy, the second one doesn’t usually bother me.
I am currently wrapping up the first draft of book 2. It’s still untitled, rough, and I’m not entirely sure how it will be received. I love it, but that’s the risk you take when writing a series. It’s scary and fun and drives you nuts.
I’m looking forward to finishing book 2 and sitting back for a moment before I start sweating over book 3. haha