Do you find it more challenging to write the first book in a series or the subsequent novels?

The first part of the first book in my series was the hardest for me. Two-thirds of the way into it, the settings, characters, and conflicts had been fleshed out. Much description had been crafted so that pictures were in the readers’ heads, and in mine. At that point, I found that I could jump into writing or reworking a scene with a certain flourish that was more challenging to achieve in the first two-thirds of the book.

That was true of the second and third books as well; I could easily slip into the worlds I’d built and draw on the emotions that had already been established between characters when developing the next scene. The pleasure in the writing increased, not only with anticipation of the readers’ responses, but often my heart would race as the magic I’d built took on its own life and amplified. The same is happening in Book 4 as I re-establish myself in that world. Definitely a heady feeling.


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