• CJ Hawthorne


Hola! My summer break officially starts in a week! It’s almost time for me to lush through the draft of book two of the New Covenant Trilogy, and I can’t wait! In honor of this, I thought I’d talk about sequels and how to write a good one!

We all know lots of disappointing sequels. Usually, a disappointing sequel stems from the writers trying to replicate the original story or drudge up and continue old plot lines (NOT what I plan to do I’m book two!). Instead, a good sequel will expand on the original premise, furthering the story and maybe adding an exciting new character or two. This is the kind of sequel I hope to write.

Now, admittedly, the type of sequel described above is usually the kind a writer wasn’t expecting to write. Maybe they meant to write a standalone, but popular demand prompted them to try for a second installment. With planned series, as New Cov is, it’s a little more streamlined since book two already has its place in an overarching plot. Middle books of trilogies come with their own challenges. Writing them can be like that torturous middle section of a story- but for an entire book. However, you can avoid this by making sure the story advances significantly (duh) and includes some of the exciting plot points you have planned for the series, even if they seem like big finale moments. One thing I like to do for storytelling in general is plan to the climax, and then have that climax end in disaster, making way for the second (real) climax. This is covered in the Hero’s Journey post I wrote a few weeks ago. But basically, the middle book should be like that, with a groundbreaking climactic moment that readers can’t imagine the resolution of, only to be topped in the third book!

So that’s my vague little spiel on sequels. I’m super excited to give you guys book two, and I can’t wait to immerse myself back into the world of New Cov. In the meantime, I hope you have a good week, and fly safe, y’all!

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