And just like that, I finished Feathers. It was all very strange – one day I was furiously writing and clocking up thousands of words, and then the next day it was over. Well, over for now. My wonderful editor at Sky Pony will have many comments for me, I’m sure, but shush. We won’t talk about that yet.
Anyway, the point is, I finished it! Feathers is now a fully-formed story! Yes, it might get chopped around a little and yes, we might have to change that ending because it (might have) seemed a little abrupt, but the bulk of it is still finished and this makes me very pleased. Feathers is the hardest book I have written so far, you see, and there were points in the middle of it where the end seemed utterly impossible. I mean, I knew I was never going to give up, but there was a lot of brow-beating and a few sleepless nights. I got there in the end, though, and all the hard work was worth it. Phew.
The problem was, I totally underestimated The Curse Of The Second Book, which is actually a real thing, (hence the capitals). Whenever anybody hesitantly mentioned it before I started Feathers, I would sort of wave my hand vaguely and say something along the lines of, “Pfft! Don’t you just get on with it?!”
Oh, naive me.
I seemed to be under the impression that those who complained that the second book was difficult to write, obviously weren’t trying hard enough. I’m a tough worker, I thought, I’ll get there, no problem. Hmm. I was wrong. The Curse Of The Second Book isn’t about not trying hard enough – it’s about pressure. Suddenly there’s a readership who are waiting for the next instalment. Suddenly there are plot twists that need to unfold and match the rest of the series. Suddenly there’s all these rules and guidelines that you need to follow because – and this is the best bit – you made them up for yourself in the first book!
Now I understand why everyone else was complaining – a little too late, probably, but perhaps just in time for book three! Over on Author Allsorts, Bryony Pearce talks about her experience of writing The Second Book and I would highly recommend it if you’d like like to read more about this interesting, writerly conundrum. As for me, I am off to celebrate and sleep. More soon!