Wednesday, September 4, 2013

#IWSG for September

Time for another post for the Insecure Writer's Support Group, Alex Cavanaugh's creation for writers. The first Wednesday of every month, the participants write about what makes them insecure about their career/passion/vocation.

If you've been following me for very long, you know I've been working on the second in my Klondike Mystery series. I loved writing my first book. I had fun writing my first book.

I almost wrote way too many spoilers in my first draft of book two, something I hadn't considered. It's a fine line, how much to say about the first book - both the events and the characters. I left a few things hanging at the end of book one so spoilers aren't a good thing.

So for whatever reason I'm not as happy with this book as the first. I'm hoping that doesn't come through in the book but my beta readers seem to be enjoying it. Oh well, time will tell...hoping for publication before the end of September.

If you write in a series, do you always leave it hanging in some way? I'm thinking I won't do that again.


  1. Just stopping by from the IWSG to say Hi :)

    Im not "published" (yet) so cant really share my personal experience, but....i have heard authors say that with each book it gets harder. Is that because we're more critical of our writing, or is it because we're more aware of the readers?

    Good luck honey xx

  2. Good luck with the Klondike Mystery series, Donna!
    Sounds like it's taking shape...
    September co-host for IWSG.
    Writer In Transit

  3. I think, for trilogies, there is always some over-reaching arc that continues throughout, but whichever is the main focus of each book is normally resolved by the end. That is slowly changing and I am seeing more books where the first book just seems like an incomplete book rather than part of a series.

    But a lot of people like that. And if the writing is strong enough, I will buy the second book even when the first one seems incomplete. :)

    Good luck with your second book. :)

  4. Hi Donna,

    I'm in the process of getting feedback from my beta readers and my book will be available on Amazon too. It is the first in a series of romance novels. This is my first book so I can't speak from the perspective of an author. However, as a reader I do have an opinion.

    I prefer books that are a complete story in and of themselves. If there are a few hints about what might happen in the next book I don't mind, as long as the main characters story in the novel I'm reading is complete. I recently read a book that left almost everything unresolved at the end of 350 long pages. I felt cheated and glad that I hadn't actually paid for the book.

    Happy writing!


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