I have a similar question/challenge... My book-under-contract has the introduction to the MC's story and now I'm going to write a proposal outlining the sequel. I know how the MC's story begins and how it ends, but then there's a breath in-between. I know there will be character development, but there has to be enough challenge/tension/action/etc. in the *middle* to make it a book on its own.I believe that the second book in a series is often the weakest, a bridge between two strong pillars. How do you make this second story (part two of three) be an end onto itself and just as strong as a stand-alone...while simultaneously & seamlessly fitting between the other books in the trilogy?Of course, I could be babbling with non-specifics. Am I babbling? I'm babbling.;-)
Texasgirl, you are HARD CORE!
I do crazy things, like reading sequels and trilogies and actually mapping character arcs. I do it for individual books too. I learn a lot that way, probably more than the author intended! I find many series are "flat" in growth, but that seems par for them, they are intended to be serial, not arcing, especially in MG where they are adventure after adventure or comic situation after comic situation.
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