jackie, i so know what you mean.i cranked out FURY in about three monthsand sent in a much much rougher draft thanthe debut she bought. it's like romping around infront of your editor in your knickers. augh.but thank goodness they are not selfish w theireditorial brilliance. my ms is improving with each passand discussion w editor.i felt the same way w a storyline that bored me.which i KNEW was an issue but didnt know how to fixit. time and my editor's insight was what helped.good luck!deva, i need to read that post by sarah!
I was just re-reading that interview with Sarah Rees Brennan on second books in trilogies where she describes them as the "make out book" and using that to inspire me (if I get the chance to do the whole series, this will be 2 of 4, but I think the make out book model fits, heh).
"Nobody reads a book to get to the middle."
Someone very brilliant (I don't remember who) once said, "Nobody reads a book to get to the middle." Bingo. The second book of a trilogy fills that dreaded 'middle' of the story arc. So I must pay special attention to the middle book. I work on making it *bigger.* Touch base with everything people love in the first book, then ramp up the stakes.
I think, as a writer, it's really easy to convince yourself that if something is HARD to write, it's not any good (or at least, it's not AS good as the books that are easy to write), but one thing I tell myself, over and over again with sequels, is that's not necessarily the case. Some books are hard to write AND they're really good. So if you're struggling now, take heart!
I think, as a writer, it's really easy to convince yourself that if something is HARD to write, it's not any good (or at least, it's not AS good as the books that are easy to write.
Interesting! Usually I suffer from the opposite neurosis: if it was easy, it must not be any good.
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