So after a week of bringing together plot notes, I’ve now started writing the new book. Working title: Crossways. It’s a sequel to my space opera.
Writing a sequel is in some ways easier and yet also more difficult. On the one hand, the scene is set, the characters have been introduced and the ‘world’ or in this case, universe, is already defined. There is already some solid history in the form of what happened in Book One.
On the other paw, there may be readers who haven’t read the first book, so dripfeeding in some of the relevant backstory is required, and though you’re working with the same characters you mustn’t rewrite Book One. This is especially important if your characters are still trying to achieve the same (or a similar) goal.
In this case Book Two concerns itself (for starters anyway) with a loose end deliberately left at the end of Book One, but this will quickly lead to a new and bigger problem. My tag line is: ‘The search for survivors becomes a battle for survival.’