In less than two weeks, my novella will be unleashed upon the world. It will be an exciting moment in my life, one I've dreamt about for a long, long time. But it is no time to rest. It's time to begin the next installment.
Book 2 in the Hunter's Rose series is already underway. If all goes according to plan (and for the record, not a single thing has gone as planned YET!), Book 2 will be launched this time next year.
So far, I'm finding it easier to write a sequel. I don't have to do nearly as much groundwork for the characters and setting. I just have to put a few subtle reminders for the audience here and there that explain where the characters are and what they're about. It's actually quite liberating.
I also feel more comfortable with story structure. The first book was a massive learning process for me. I've read and analyzed literature for years, but writing it? That's a whole 'nother matter. I had a lot of room to grow as a writer, and I'd be a liar if I said it was easy.
There were times I almost gave up. Thank goodness I didn't. If you're considering a creative project, surround yourself with people who aren't afraid to tell you the truth but are also willing to encourage you when you're down. I got down an awful lot over the last three years.
But thankfully, in 13 days, the the rough climb up the first mountain will be over, and I'll have a clear view of the next peak I have to scale.