Post by derekmurphy on Feb 2, 2017 16:57:01 GMT -5
I'm on the 2nd book in a series and having trouble with the story arc.
I tend to plot epic plots for a whole story (about 140K words) and then need to break them up... so book one ends without a 'complete' story arc and book 2 is missing half the crucial elements. It's harder to keep the pacing and sense of discovery of the first book, instead it's mostly action and reaction. Should I story over and plot it like an independent book rather than part 2 in a series?
YA fantasy based on myth and literature. Over 600 reviews on Amazon.
I'm with ryandalton. I would much rather read a long, complete story than a shorter, incomplete one.
The problem is that you've planned out one story arc, with the assumption that both books will get picked up. If you're working with a traditional publishing house, they may want to publish only one at first. If you're self-publishing, readers are likely to read only one book. If you don't have two lesser story arcs to support two separate books in a series, your readers are likely to call it quits after book 1.