Saturday, July 16, 2011

The Trouble with Sequels . . .

If you take a quick look at my last post , you'll see the WAY COOL cover of my upcoming MG book, WereWhat? Let me just tell you that writing that book was the most fun I've ever had writing. I mean, look at that cover? How could that be anything but FUN?

And now I'm writing the sequel. Yikes! There is a whole new set of rules, a new set of required skills . . . things I never even imagined when I decided to make this a 2-book odyssey. Every word I type, I wonder whether I'm being true to the characters in this point in their journey, whether I'm including too little or too much back information (to help remind readers where the former story left off), whether the tone stays consistent, whether the stakes are being "upped" or . . .

See what I mean?

The challenge at this point is to silence that inner editor long enough for me to get the story down, then allow myself to go back to edit it.

Anyone have an inner-editor-squasher?

What works for you?

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