For some reason this is my first time participating in the Insecure Writer's Support Group, which takes place on the first Wednesday of every month - thanks to the Ninja Captain Alex J. Cavanaugh! Possibly I was too busy being insecure to blog about it! But today I'm here to talk about the often difficult and discouraging process of writing sequels.
Writing a sequel is hard work - even harder, I'd argue, than writing the first book! I'm working on Book 3 of the Darkworld series so it's been the target of my writer's neuroses for the past couple of weeks. Progress is fine, but because the first book hasn't been published yet, those old annoying doubt demons keep whispering that if no one buys the first book, then they won't be interested in any sequels...
I'm sure I'm not the only writer who suffers from this insecurity! My experience with trying to promote The Puppet Spell has been like shouting into an empty room, which probably hasn't helped much, but for every reasonable part of me that says that this time I have a far better support network, another unwelcome voice in my head insists on trying to bring my confidence down. It's the real-life version of the demons that constantly plague the protagonist of the Darkworld series. Maybe subconsciously the demons are based on writer's insecurity!
I think everyone has doubt demons - the important thing is to ignore them! Ultimately I'm writing this series because I want to - not because I expect a ton of raving fans eagerly anticipating the next book (although that would be nice!). I love the characters. I love writing the action scenes. And I think it's the best series idea I've had - so I'm going to strive to make each book better than the last, even if by Book 5 I'm the only person left to read it!