Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Thoughts on my First Sequel

Over the years, I've worked on a large number of original fiction and fanfiction works, but The Shadows of Caldreth is unique in many ways.

I have never worked on more than one page of a sequel to anything.

It's not really that surprising, given that The Sword of Kirakath (the original title for Through the Flames) was the only work of original fiction that I've completed that has been good enough to warrant a sequel.

I did write a paragraph or two of The Shadows of Caldreth back before I completely redid The Sword of Kirakath into Through the Flames, along with completely tearing down the world it took place in and creating a new world.

I'll just say that I don't believe in doing sequels with fanfiction. I've only ever done Naruto fanfiction, and it seemed pointless to me to write it like a book in its structure. I always wrote it from start to finish in a single entry.

Anyways, I have to say that writing a sequel is a challenge. You have to be a bit redundant in your writing so you don't have anyone scratching their head, wondering what's going on because they haven't read the first book in six months (or at all).

There's also a standard that you must surpass. I want my second book to be better than my first, and I want my third to be better than my second. I'm sure you catch my meaning by now.

Anyways, I have to say that I love writing The Shadows of Caldreth more than Through the Flames. Despite what some might think, I feel less pressure on me now that I have a book out, especially since it's selling well. If I take my time and produce a better book, I can only do better.

Thanks for reading, as always.

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