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So, You Want to Write a Sequel?

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It’s inevitable sometimes.  No, not a reboot.  I’m not talking about a remake either.  This is about the good old sequel.  A story that doesn’t completely finish in one shot needs closure or maybe people are still clamoring for more, which means you can do a second tale with the same characters.  So, what are some things to keep in mind?

  1. For the love of every punctuation mark, keep continuity in mind.  A sequel can allow you to change a few things, but if you rewrite everything that came before it then it can weaken the whole thing.  After all, people will read a sequel to see the continuation of the story instead of an overhaul that makes it something else.  That’s what reboots and remakes are for . . . Well, that and cash grabs.
  2. Never be afraid to doubt yourself when writing the sequel.  You…

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About The Owl Lady

Viv Drewa is a Michigan native who has enjoyed reading and writing since 1963. Though she studied medicinal chemistry at the University of Michigan, her passion has always been writing. She had been awarded third place for her nonfiction short story about her grandfather's escape from Poland. Later, she rewrote this story and was published in the "Polish American Journal" as "From the Pages of Grandfather's Life" and has republished it on Amazon.com as a short story. Viv took creative and journalism courses to help in her transition to fulfill her dream of becoming a writer. She worked as an intern for Port Huron's 'The Times Herald", and also wrote, edited and did the layout or the Blue Water Multiple Sclerosis newsletter "Thumb Prints." She also has a business promoting authors. Owl and Pussycat Book Promotions. Viv, her husband Bob and their cat Princess, live in Fort Gratiot, Michigan.

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