I mean, there’s nothing like the exhilaration of completing a brand new chapter, and I’ve been known to stay up WAY past my bedtime because the words are coming and I can’t stop them.
But in between those Ta-Da!moments, I usually stumble over a lot of plot holes, characters with multiple personalities (and not because they’re supposed to have that particular disorder), unnecessary baggage, and oceans full of self-doubt.
Since my current WIP is a sequel to THE EIGHTH DAY, there are other issues, too. This isn’t the first time I’ve written a sequel, but it’s the first time I’ve written a sequel under contract. (The first time I wrote a sequel, I only had to satisfy myself.)
Writing the second book in a series presents a new set of things to be insecure about. Your cool premise is no longer original. Readers are familiar with it from the first book, and they want to know: What else have you got? And although I DO have new things for the second book, I worry whether readers will find them as interesting and exciting as everything that went into the first book. (Luckily, I have a ready-made and eager test audience in my fifth grade students. I might hand pick some student beta readers once I reach the second draft stage.)
I started this manuscript December 4, and over Christmas break alone, I wrote about 14k, doubling the word count. Right now, I’m at 30k words and the middle of the story.
The middle is the worst. Ugh.
What’s your first WIP of 2013?
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