Sequels are supposed to come second, so why in the world am I torn between writing a first and second novel? Shouldn’t I recognize the starting place?
In short, I have an idea for a neat, somewhat heavy Lutheran novel. It would be about a pastor’s wife (because people are oddly interested in that), a new call, and a complex parishioner worth exploring.
However, it also occurred to me that I could write a sequel dealing with stuff I am right now dealing with. I think it’d be therapeutic to write, not as edgy, and generally helpful to society at large.
Now my dad’s teased me a little about this. Is my life really so interesting? And, well, yes. Life is charming, even if it is my own! And bringing out the charm, humor, and insight is a worthy goal. Nobody needs to be like me, or share my experiences, but just maybe I can write it in such a way that people would like to read it.
So, do you have any general thoughts about sequels and ordering? Mostly I’d like a first novel to establish me as a storytellers. I’d like to dive deep and test my metal. I’d like to research but also come up with every day sort of comfort. The sequel, however, could be semi-autobiographical with a lot of my own experiences qualifying as research. It might be easier to write, but it would give my protagonist more kids!
Of course, I could do “stand alones” rather than series. However, I’m not sure the plot lines demand a stand alone kind of thing, and in a series I could develop the characters more.
Maybe you don’t care what I write, but if you have any suggestions or comments I would welcome them. Honestly, I’m not writing much these days (or this summer, sadly). I keep hoping my juices will get flowing. Then there is a large part of me that inversely wants various things to stop flowing, to slow and calm down so I can sit a spell!!
Guess we’ll see what happens. Happy writing (or anything else)!