There are steps to the writing journey that have to met, there is no escaping them and they include:
Step 1: FINISH the book.
Step 2: Revise the book.
Step 3: Repeat step two, include edits, minor panic, a possible meltdown, addiction to chocolate, some sobbing, and long conversations with critique partners. Enter contests. Revise again.
Step 4: Query. Query. Query.
Now comes a critical part of the whole writing process. If you miss this step, it could be detrimental.
Step 5: Brainstorm and START writing the next book.
Well, I brainstormed. Wrote a synopsis...started writing the second book in the series stopped when I started getting the rejections. Now I am brainstorming a new series.
Step 6: Finish second book.
Step 7: REPEAT from step one.
I stumbled a bit. I didn't dive into the next series. I let the rejections hit me in the solar plexus. I have to admit, those rejections got to me. I thought they didn't but as I stared at the computer, or blank page of the notebook, my hand froze, my brain stopped working.
I thought. "Am I a one book wonder?"
They say the first book is the hardest to write, but I'm thinking the second book is a leap of faith. The first book is the learning book, the one you just blissfully wandered into like a fly into a web. Now, older, wiser, and more aware of the expectations the second book awaits.
For those of you who have written more than one book, published or unpublished, what is your take on this? What did you do after you finished the first book? Do you stop for awhile or keep writing onward?
Tell us your second book or even third book story, I'd love to hear it.
Me, I'm stocking up on chocolate, coffee, and wine. Because my second story awaits.