Writing a sequel is hard. Duh. I mean anyone who has ever tried to write a book knows that the process is hard. I’ve written six manuscripts all the way through to the end and each one came with its own set of problems but for some reason I thought writing a sequel would be inherently easier.
In my head, writing a sequel had certain advantages that would make the process smoother, I already knew the world, the characters, and the basics of the story. What I hadn’t taken into account was how much all three of those aspects expanded and changed from one book to the next.
In writing, Kings of Euphoria, the second half of my, Euphoria Duology, I struggled with plot and character development because I hadn’t taken the time to understand how much my characters changed during the first book, or how far I needed them to go by end of book two.
Also in book one I created a complicated alien world broken up into five realms but only explored two of them. Book two goes to the other three realms. While I knew the basics of all five realms, spending extended periods in each place required details I didn’t have at the ready.
In the end, while writing was an uphill battle during the majority of the project I’m grateful I did it. Having the finished product in my hand was more rewarding than I can express. Kings of Euphoria is the longest, most complex, and best work of my writing life.
Tips for the future: 1. Don’t forget to outline and do detailed character sketches for all characters even in a sequel, things evolve so should your plan. 2. Revisit the previous book(s) to maintain consistency throughout. 3. Remember that writing a book is hard, sequels are no different, embrace the process.
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