There’s an irrational fear that some writers face. The fear that their second book in a series won’t match up to the success of their first one. Right now, I’m going through my manuscript trying to make it perfect and that nagging critical voice is whispering doubts about the book.
‘There’s not enough character development.’
‘It moves too fast.’
‘The plot is unclear.’
‘The characters aren’t consistent.’
I had so much fear with my first book, but I published it anyway. And so far the response has been really good. Much better than I ever expected. But I’ve realised now that this second in the series I’m writing is quite different in terms of my focus on the protagonist, Adenine. It’s more action and less character driven, which ironically is what the reviews on my Amazon page call for. But I think I’ve taken away from the character development in order to write so much action, not on purpose of course but I think the second book needs it.
I do write purely for my readers to enjoy the stories. I write hoping for a consistent 4 out of 5 stars. A consistent 80% positive rate of feedback. Why should I lower my standards to 4 out of 5 stars, instead of say working for 5 out of 5 stars? Because I’m a new author. I always try to make my books as perfect as I can, but if I start aiming for true perfection I just run myself into an avoidance rut and fuss over things not worth fussing over. All of this takes time from writing the subsequent pieces.
So here’s to accepting the best I can do. Here’s to accepting that as a writer, there will be faults in my book that I just can’t avoid. And hopefully, as I develop my skills and work hard, I’ll become the best writer I can be. Whether that’s 3 out of 5 stars, or 5 out of 5 stars. 🙂