Wednesday, September 2, 2015

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By: K.M. Weiland

We live in a world of sequels. In large part, the sequel is a rather modern invention. Jane Austen wrote no sequels to her beloved Pride & Prejudice (we had to wait until 1949’sPemberley Shades for that). Dickens wrote no sequels, although his chronic serialization was, in its way, a precursor. And it took To Kill a Mockingbird fifty-five years to get its sequel.

Nowadays, however, we have sequels coming out of our ears. Better than that, we have prequels, interquels, midquels, sidequels, parallel stories, spiritual successors, companion pieces, reboots, and remakes. We love sequels. We love series. As readers, we love the opportunity to revisit familiar worlds and characters. We love getting to re-experience the same thrill an original great story gave us. As writers, we love all those same things–plus the commercial marketing opportunities that series undeniably offer.

The world of the sequel is something I’m only just recently exploring for myself. Unlike about 90% of the writing populace out there, I’ve yet to write a sequel. But that’s about to change. I’m embarking on the new adventure of writing a totally unforeseen sequel to my portal fantasy Dreamlander

It’s fantasy, right? So why wasn’t I thinking of a series right from the minute I typed “The End” on the first one? I’ve always wanted to do a sequel for it. I’ve played around with sidequel and prequel ideas, since I was stumped for a good old-fashioned sequel after tying off the loose ends on the first one (how can you top stakes that threaten to utterly destroy two worlds? how can you send your hero back to a place he left only to prevent worlds-ending catastrophes?).

I’ve been waiting all this time for the idea that would allow me to move forward. Now that it’s here, I’m going to share some of the questions I’ve been asking myself to help ensure I write a sequel that’s not only as good as the first book, but–I hope–better.

Can You Outdo Yourself? (And What That Really Means)

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