I have the song, Tell Me Something Good, stuck in my head thanks to Glee. Yes, I'm not quite a full-on Gleek, but I like Glee. Enough to possibly own all the soundtracks. Anyway...
Tell me something good - your opinion - on writing a sequel to a work that hasn't yet been sold. I met Lynn Colt of Type a Little Faster at a coffee shop on Thursday, which was fun! It's so nice to meet other local writers... I miss my old writer's group in California and I'm dreaming of starting/finding another. Lynn helped me out with a dilemna I've already been mulling over...
The Goddess of Vengeance is just dying for a sequel. I've already realized that even though there's a villian introduced (peripherally) in The Goddess of Vengeance Wore Pink Galoshes, I don't plan to wrap up that storyline, even though Pink Galoshes can stand-alone quite nicely.
I've not written a sequel before - well, not a real sequel. I wrote endless series about the same characters as a kid, but I didn't exactly have a strong sense of craft back then. :) So a part of me is very curious to tackle the sequel to The Goddess of Vengeance Wore Pink Galoshes (tentatively to be titled "The Goddess of Vengeance Wore White", delving into both Nemeses' romantic history and Lauren and Jake's relationship).
But that also seems a tad unproductive - I'd be losing out on the time to work a different story, one that might have a better chance of publication, by working on a sequel. After all, if my craft is improving all the time (as I certainly hope it is!) Goddess 2.0 might be better than the original, but it wouldn't be saleable without Pink Galoshes. I'd like to believe The Goddess of Vengeance Wore Pink Galoshes is publishable - I'm very partial to this story and I think I've written it decently well - but it's hard to judge your own work.
Lynn suggested that it's best not to write a sequel before you have a market for it - because the first book's been sold. She thought it might just be too heartbreaking to go through the effort of writing a sequel that will never see the light of day! And I think she's convinced me. I'll make copious notes of my ideas for the Goddess of Vengeance as a series and let them rest until I (maybe, hopefully) someday need them.
What's your take on sequels? Have you any sequel ideas that you're writing or waiting on?
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