Shannon Stacey

I don't know how they do it

Series writers, I mean. (Not series as in category, but as in Book 1 of…Book 2 of…)

With the crappy draft of On the Edge done, I figured it was time to reread 72 Hours and check for things like continuity in details and tone and all that crap. Mistake. BIG mistake.

I know it sounds obnoxious, but reading 72 Hours rocks my world. It was a bitch to write, but I love rereading it—something I normally don’t do. No matter where I jump into it, I end up getting lost in the story. I’m sure that’s probably a good thing.

Except when you’re beating the crappy draft of its sequel into submission. OMG, the pressure. Trying to wrap my head around making sure this one is not only as good as, but better than, the first is making my hair hurt. How do people who write series deal with that?

There are NO Doritos in my house right now. No cookies. I ate the last of my fudge at 2am. *sigh*

6 comments to “I don't know how they do it”

  1. Jaci Burton
      · December 15th, 2006 at 10:52 am · Link

    I love writing series books, but I try never to compare one to the other.

    Stop doing that. You must learn to love them individually.


  2. Jordan
      · December 15th, 2006 at 1:56 pm · Link

    I feel your pain. I have books two and three to write for a series. :write: Ready or not.

  3. Michelle
      · December 15th, 2006 at 2:04 pm · Link

    Yay – you’ve finished the draft! That’s what you should be thinking because that’s what I’m thinking because I’m here waiting patiently on this book! LOL :crazy:

    Seriously, you are a good writer. 72 Hours was excellent and I’m sure On the Edge will be too. Go pick up a bag of Doritos or more fudge, read something entirely different (not 72 hours), maybe do this :rant: and then sit down and refocus. I am sure it will be great. :thumb:

  4. Melani Blazer
      · December 15th, 2006 at 2:55 pm · Link

    outta fudge? That’s wrong.

    Will you hurry and finish if I promise more?:sled:

  5. Charlene
      · December 15th, 2006 at 7:17 pm · Link

    I strive to make every book better than the last. Not saying I succeed, but I strive. I think it’s natural to want to improve and to be able to see progress.

  6. Mandy M. Roth
      · December 16th, 2006 at 7:58 am · Link

    :vampire: I hide under my bed under the people with torches leave and then I rush out and write

    (closer to the truth than one would want to admit)


    And write the damn book already…I WANT TO READ IT!

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